Neill Blomkamp's Aliens film — which we've been speculating on since it was announced last week — is going to be a direct sequel to 1986's Aliens. In an interview with Sky Movies (promoting the soon-to-be-released Chappie), Blomkamp said he wants his upcoming film to feel like the "genetic sibling" to James Cameron's classic. "So, it's Alien, Aliens, this movie," he said, referring to his ideal canonic timeline.
Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver added "I would love to take Ripley from orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story.
So, I guess we're pretending that Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection never existed?
According to the newly proposed timeline, the events of Alien 3 were what? A fever dream that Ripley experienced in hyper sleep? Actually, that could work. And technically, the events of Alien: Resurrection could still be considered canon, since that film takes place hundreds of years after the events of Aliens. But I don't think anyone will be upset about Resurrection not "counting."
Fans of Alien 3, however, may not be happy.
There's no release date or official name for the new film. Chappie (which Weaver stars in) will release on March 6.