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.