SDCC16: James Cameron Calls Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ Script “Very Strong”

Jul 24, 2016


Alien 5 is currently on hold with Sigourney Weaver‘s schedule all full as she’s working on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and Neill Blomkamp busy with Fox’s The Gone World.

Weaver hoping it would come together in a “couple of years”.

During the Aliens 30th anniversary panel, it was revealed that James Cameron has actually read Blomkamp’s script, which isn’t hard to imagine since the film would be a direct sequel to Jim’s Aliens. The director seemingly praises the script, here’s what he had to say about it as he further trashed David Fincher’s Alien 3.

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“I think it works gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow,” Cameron stated. “I don’t know anything about the production, and I don’t know what Ridley [Scott]’s doing. But hopefully there’ll be room for both of them. Like parallel universes.” (via io9)

Continuing on, he stated: “I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off]. I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, [David] Fincher’s a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. I think it was a big mistake. So I certainly — had [producer Gale Anne Hurd and I] been involved, we would not have done that because we felt we earned something with the audience with those characters.”

attends the "Aliens: 30th Anniversary" panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California.

Weaver also briefly spoke about the script.

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“There is an incredible script by Neill. I didn’t want to do a fifth one. I thought going to earth wouldn’t be fun. I got this script that was amazing and gives fans everything they’re looking for and innovates in ways that became part of the world for me. He has things to do and I have things to do. And I hope that we’ll circle back around to do it once those things are done.”


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