Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Movie Made Some Changes to Avoid Overlapping With ‘Prometheus 2’
Another day, another batch of information from director Neill Blomkamp about his upcoming Alien project. Previously, we learned that the new film would take place between Ridley Scott’s Alien and its sequel, Aliens, and although it’s avoiding Alien 3 and Resurrection, it’s not going to mess with the canon established in those films…somehow. Blomkamp’s new project also won’t interfere with Prometheus 2, though the director reveals that he did have to make some changes to keep the films from overlapping.
In a new interview with Empire (via The Playlist), Blomkamp explained that he had to change one thing specifically because Scott felt it was “bumping” his Prometheus sequel too much. Blomkamp also teased — but would not reveal — the film’s title:
…it’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title.
The director also continued to diss the later Alien sequels, which he felt didn’t properly explore previous concepts introduced in the series:
Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong. There’s a s—tload missing as a fan that I would want to see.
Sure, there are some things that, as fans, we would all love to see explored in sequels, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need those answers, which often diminish the power of those elements by revealing too much. Scott gave us an explanation of the space jockeys from Alien in Prometheus, but once that mystery was dissolved, they seemed so much less interesting.
Blomkamp is continuing to discuss his new Alien project at any given opportunity, and given the failure of Chappie, that’s probably not a horrible approach to avoid discussing his recent flop. We will be here for you throughout the year as we continue coverage of Neill Blomkamp Alien Watch 2015…or until he stops talking about it, already.