Neill Blomkamp has been stumping hard for his upcoming robot-centric actioner Chappie, but over the last few weeks, one subject has overshadowed his latest film, his next one, which will see the South African director take on the world of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Damn near every time he sits down with the press there’s some Chappie talk, but what everyone really wants to know appears to be news about his Alien project. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Michael Biehn will reprise his role as Corporal Dwayne Hicks from James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, and now the actor himself has addressed the topic.
The talk first started when Blomkamp released some concept art for this project at the beginning of the year. No one knew he was working on this, and it seemed more like something he was doing for fun rather than as a potential new film. Hicks figures prominently in the images, but it’s concept art, which is far from gospel, so we didn’t know what was up. Then all of a sudden this is official and happening and we have a lot of questions.
A Reddit user caught up with Biehn at a comic con in Pensacola, Florida recently and asked him a couple quick questions about his potential involvement in Alien 5. When asked if he had been contacted about the film, he reportedly smiled and said, “Yes,” and when asked if he is going to do it, he said, “Looks like it.”
That certainly makes it sound like he figures into the story in some capacity. Granted, this is a quick hit from a random person on the Internet, so put as much stock in this as you dare. We’ll have to wait and see if this pans out in reality.
What’s tricky if Biehn is involved is that Hicks dies at the beginning of Alien 3. That’s going to be hard to work around. Blomkamp already caused a stir when he made comments that made is sound like he was going to discount the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, though he later came out and clarified what he meant. There’s also been talk that this could be a prequel, which brings its own set of problems to the table, not the least of which is the fact that Biehn and star Sigourney Weaver are much, much older than they were in 1986. Funny how that happens.
The action could also happen between Aliens and Alien 3, and it’s possible that Ripley and Hicks, and probably Newt, wake up from Hypersleep, have an adventure, and go back to Hypersleep where they are at the beginning of Alien 3. We’ve even seen clones play into the timeline already, so that’s one option to consider as well.
Basically, the point is that we have no idea what Alien 5 is going to look like at this juncture. And the more we learn about it, the more questions we have. But who really cares, because we’re getting a new Alien movie directed by one of the most promising genre filmmakers working out there, and that’s good enough for us.