We've covered all of the ALIEN movies and then some here at Feo Amante's Horror Thriller! So we're not about to stop now. This page features the latest news on the upcoming ALIEN prequel, sequel, reboot, titled... whatever! It doesn't have one as of March 23, 2015
UPDATE: March 24, 2015
THE SOAP OPERA BEGINS
Then on January 1, 2015, Director Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9) did this,
At the same time on his Instagram Neill did this,
Which made ALIEN fans say this,
Is This Alien Sequel Concept Art from a Now-Defunct Neill Blomkamp Project?
"[T]his has nothing to do with the studio," was posted by an unverified account. "…They didn't really even know I was working on it."
The images, which you can check out below, appear to be for a project that was titled (at least temporarily) Alien Xeno. It is currently unknown whether or not the plan was to develop the story as a film, video game, graphic novel or something else entirely.
Also in February, SkyNews had this,
Then on February 18, Variety announced this,
New 'Alien' Movie Confirmed with Director Neill Blomkamp
The untitled sci-fi project is separate from "Prometheus 2," which Fox is still making with Ridley Scott.
Then Sigourney Weaver was confirmed on Feb. 25.
Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Will Disregard Half the Franchise to Finish Ripley's Story
After that, anticipation and expectation was high for both the ALIEN franchise to finally get back on track after nearly three moribund decades of dross.
Yes, all was brillig in the slithy toves until Neill Blomkamp's latest big budget Science Fiction movie, CHAPPIE, was released March 6.
Audiences however, will always trump critics, yet in only one week, CHAPPIE fell from #1 to #5, representing a more than 57% drop in audience attendance against a second weekend competition of Nothing.
In its second week, CHAPPIE dropped from #5 to #9 representing a 53% drop in audience attendance on top of the previous 57% drop. By its third weekend it hemorrhaged a theater showing of 772 screens.
Suddenly ALIEN fans who have put up with so much shit for so long, felt their hopes dashed yet again and everyone stopped enthusiastically cheering for Neill's ALIEN sequel.
To the casual observer who was never into the ALIEN movies in the first place, such an abrupt turnabout may appear unfair. After all, more than a few SF & Horror movies that tanked at the box office found tremendous support and fans after their theatrical run (FLASH GORDON, TRON, John Carpenter's THE THING, BLADE RUNNER, EQUILIBRIUM, THE IRON GIANT). But consider that one of the reasons you may not care for the ALIEN franchise could be because of garbage like ALIEN³, ALIEN: RESURRECTION, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM, and PROMETHEUS (and believe it or not, 20th Century Fox still wants the stench of that dead fish around).
So what does this mean to all the long suffering, die-hard, ALIEN fans?
The producers of the ALIEN franchise: Stabbing your loyalty in the back since 1992.
Obviously I could be wrong and Neill Blomkamp's new ALIEN movie could be the big warm wet kiss of apology that would nearly redeem 24 years of abuse (24 because I'm guessing the movie wouldn't get a release date until 2016 at the earliest). I'm thinking 20th Century Fox, now having virtually lost Star Wars forever, would love nothing more than to see the producers of ALIEN get their act together.
But historically speaking, what are the odds?
Well fellow suffering ALIEN fans, to quote the late Frank Zappa,
"Remember there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."
UPDATE: March, 24, 2015
A shiny new object from only last week and while Neill Blomkamp isn't actually going elsewhere for science fiction projects, he's definitely looking elsewhere. And these days GeekTyrant isn't as geek'd out about him as they were.
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