Obviously, this isn’t a lot to go on, but with the project still not even in the beginning stages of filming (Alien: Covenant doesn’t release until 2017) it’s reasonable that the actress would keep a lot of information close to the chest. Still, the implications are very interesting, and seeing Ripley’s journey come to an end seems like a smart excuse to bring the original franchise back to cinematic life. And with the original actress on board to bring the journey to its conclusion, while simultaneously existing in the same universe as Scott’s Prometheus prequels, it would certainly make the franchise more relevant than it’s been in years.
On the other side of the coin, Blomkamp has struggled to connect with critics and fans since his highly regarded 2009 District 9 film, which made over $200 million at the box office and maintains a 90 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Compare this with his most recent film Chappie, which grossed a little over $100 million and scored 32 percent on RT, and some fans would argue that the writer/director has lost his creative touch and shouldn’t be anywhere near the Alien franchise. Still, a passion project like his Alien film could prove to be just the shot in the arm Blomkamp’s career needs right now.
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