As a fan of film, I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been.
NOTE: Story updated April 24th, 2017.
The production history for Alien 3 is long and varied. Many directors and writers all took a stab at following on from director James Cameron’s Aliens.
For the full detailed story, I highly recommend the three-hour documentary Wreckage and Rage: Making Alien3 which can be found on the Alien Anthology Blu-ray set.
20th Century Fox decided on music video director David Fincher. Unfortunately, he was thrown very late into the mix having to film a script that was being written whilst shooting was in progress.
More Aliens sequels were to follow including crossovers with the Predator franchise. In 2012, Alien director Ridley Scott returned to the franchise with Prometheus. A lavish spectacle that served as a prequel to the original Alien film but was ultimately disappointing.
Neill Blomkamp is a director who has a unique vision of a world that he brings to each film he directs. His original short film, Alive in Joburg, was his basis for his first full-length feature, District 9, which he made after work on the live action Halo film fell through.
Blomkamp’s live-action trailer for the video game Halo 3 can be seen here. If gives you an idea of what we missed out on.
District 9 was followed by Elysium starring Matt Damon and his last film was 2015’s Chappie with Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.
It was on the set of Chappie that Blomkamp discussed his ideas of an Aliens sequel with Sigourney.
In a 2016 interview, she stated,
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending… The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”
Excitement really started to build in January of 2015 when Blomkamp posted these cencept art images on his official Instagram account. His only accompanying text read,
“Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though…Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created…maybe I’ll go back to it ….love the world”
As you can see from the concept art, this film was set to splinter off into its own universe. It would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Ressurection and be another direct sequel to Aliens with the return of both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn.
Allegedly, 20th Century Fox was also eager to get this film into production but then slammed on the brakes and put the project on “indefinite hold”. They wanted Ridley Scott, director of the original Alien, to film his new prequel, Alien: Covenant.
Fans were still hopeful with Weaver claiming that after Scott has finished with Covenant, Blomkamp’s alien film will go into production.
However, when a fan asked that question via twitter early in 2017, they, unfortunately, got this rather depressing response.