New ‘Alien’ film to pick up story from 1986’s ‘Aliens’, hints director

'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp has recently confirmed he is making 'Alien 5'

Director Neill Blomkamp has suggested that his new Alien film will pick up the story from 1986’s Aliens rather than the two most recent instalments in the franchise, which came out in 1992 and 1997.

Blomkamp – the director of Elysium and District 9 – confirmed earlier this month (February) that he is making a new Alien film. The South African film-maker shared a series of concept art images for the project on Instagram before 20th Century Fox had officially hired him to develop Alien 5, but at present, his film has no official title and plot details are unknown.

Speaking to Sky Movies, Blomkamp revealed: “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens and then this film.”

At present, Sigourney Weaver has yet to sign up to revive her iconic role as Ellen Ripley in Blomkamp’s film, but the actress showed some enthusiasm for the mooted sequel earlier this month (February), saying: “If it was someone as talented as Neill [making it], I’d certainly listen.”

Also speaking to Sky Movies in a new interview, the actress appeared to reveal that she perceives Blomkamp’s film as a potential conclusion to the franchise. “I would love to take Ripley out of sort of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story,” she said. “So when someone like Neill Blomkamp said, ‘Well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up… I think it’s a great series. It deserves a proper ending – I know the fans would love that.”

Weaver first played Ripley in 1979’s sci-fi classic Alien before reprising the role in 1986’s Aliens, a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination, and again in 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien Resurrection. She also provided the voice of Ripley in the video game Alien: Isolation, which was released last year (2014).

She also has a supporting role in Chappie, Blomkamp’s third film as director following 2009’s District 9 and 2013’s Elysium, which is set for release on March 9. Watch the trailer below.