Although we’ve known for a while that director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) would be bringing the Alien saga back to life in a new, fifth film in the series, we haven’t heard a whole lot from him since the announcement was made official back in February. Now, though, the director has shared new concept art from the forthcoming film, and it looks like it has very interesting implications for the story, and the series as a whole. See it below.
Sharing the image on Instagram, Blomkamp’s image depicts both Sigourney Weaver’s legendary Ellen Ripley, along with Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks speaking to someone who is presumably a Colonial Marine from South Korea. While it was relatively certain that the film would include the return of Elen Ripley once more, it should prove especially encouraging to see Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks character sill being included in the concept art after the official announcement of the film was made. That would seem to indicate that the plan is still to include the character, which should be a boon to the perception of the film since many fans expressed disappointment at how he was killed off in David Fincher’s Alien 3.
In addressing where the story of the new film will take place in relation to the previous entries in the series, Blomkamp previously seemed to state that the new film’s story would discard he events of both 1992′s Alien 3 and 1997′s Alien: Resurrection. He later clarified, though, that this wasn’t the case, even though Hicks was revealed to have been killed in Alien 3, while Ripley herself died at the end of that film. Alien: Resurrection takes place two centuries after Alien 3, and features a cloned alien/human hybrid of Ripley as the principle character.
The as-yet untitled Alien 5 is being developed alongside Ridley Scott’s sequel to 2012′s Prometheus, itself a side story taking place in the same universe as the Alien films, prior to the first one. No release window has been given for either film, but keep checking GeekNation for any future updates on the future of the Alien film series.
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