Oh Good – Neill Blomkamp’s Aliens Sequel Is on Hold



I never thought it was a good idea to let Blomkamp try to retcon the last two films out of existence and do, essentially, Aliens 2. As fucked up as the franchise may be, especially once the Predator mythos was folded into it as well, you should never fully disown the bad kids in the family. It is my position that the only time a retcon works is when the story itself gives you the means to do it, as in Star Trek: The Reboot, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and take your pick of the Planet of the Apes movies. Probably the best case of a retcon that came close to working was Superman Returns, which implicitly ignored the third and fourth Christopher Reeve movies while following from the first two – but in the end, history and fandom viewed that as a mistake and a full reboot followed.

Anyway, following from some recent teases of new pulse rifles, last night Blomkamp made it official:

I know we don’t have a lot of Prometheus fans in the house, but I’d rather give Ridley Scott a shot at doing something actually new with the property, even if it fails, than see Neill Blomkamp’s fan fiction writ large. Blomkamp should instead do a rip-off starring Die Antwoord, because when he did that with RoboCop it actually turned out well.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist