Now that Neill Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel has been postponed, and probably indefinitely, little gooey details are starting to percolate. This time around, it’s Michael Biehn, aka Corporal Dwayne Hicks, with the goods. Remember: short, controlled bursts of anger and disappointment.
While speaking with Icons of Fright, the 59-year-old actor confirmed bits and pieces of the story (“The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and [Resurrection] never existed”) and further digressed on why the studio likely wouldn’t want it to interfere with Ridley Scott’s forthcoming prequel, Alien: Covenant.
“I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds,” he admitted, “with Aliens taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney [Weaver] if they just didn’t make the movie.”
Embarrassing? Yes. Out of the question? No. However, judging from what Biehn later shared about Blomkamp’s proposed storyline, and given Hollywood’s feeding frenzy for soluble franchises, there might actually be a chance this still happens:
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around 27 years old,” Biehn added. “I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money. That’s why you end up seeing Terminator 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 and The Fast And Furious 7, 8, 9, and 10.”
A return for Newt? That would certainly be a poetic twist. If you recall, David Fincher and the thousand screenwriters behind Alien 3 killed both she and Hicks when their cryotubes crashed on the prison planet, Fiorina 161. Having her back and giving her a full future story would be interesting. That being said, they would probably have to account for the fact that she’s still mentally a six-year-old child, assuming they remained in stasis and something went wrong and they all aged. Or maybe not.
But hey, that’s not all, Alien fans. There’s more information hatching about what kind of baddies to expect in the Covenant prequel, and Scified has the full, clearly proofread scoop:
The movie will have 2 Monsters, one is new and both are different yet similar to the Xeno DNA. The NEW Monster is a New Event, so it’s nothing created before the Events of the end of the First movie…. it’s created by an event in the movie… and this New Monster is going to be based off of the Original Concept that Alien drew influence from, and this idea is something they had planned with Spaights’ Ultramorph and so Gigers Necomonicon 4 is the starting point. This Monster will be transparent like a Jelly Fish to a degree…. and it’s hinted that David plays a part in its creation.
To get an idea on what that might all entail, we’ve shared a video slideshow of H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon for you below. Shot in the dark, but we’re assuming these two creatures will be slimy, icky, and complete assholes to human beings.
See you at the next beat.