Alien fans should not loose hope in Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5. Franchise actor Lance Henriksen is confident that the movie is happening and feels it will be something spectacular.
The subject of the sequel came up while discussing his guest appearance on last night's episode of Legends Of Tomorrow. Henriksen, who portrayed the heroic android Bishop in James Cameron's Aliens back in 1986, seemed excited at the prospect of reprising the role - even though his character wasn't in the best of shape by the end of Aliens.
"You know they're going to make another one. It picks up right where Aliens ended. I don't know if I'm going to be in a baggie or how I'm going to be in it."
He continues: "Blomkamp is a really wonderful, wonderful writer. I have a feeling that if he did it, it would be something spectacular. And there's an audience for it."
Blomkamp was to write and direct Alien 5, which was to ignore the events of 1992's Alien 3 and 1997's Alien: Resurrection. Henriksen's Bishop, Michael Biehn's Corporal Hicks and Carrie Henn's Newt were all to feature in the new film alongside Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley. Weaver, Henriksen and Biehn were all expected to reprise their roles.
Then, the project was put on hold at 20th Century Fox in favor of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.
Lance Henriksen would also go on to discuss the appeal of Aliens, a film which celebrated its 30th anniversary this past summer with screenings, convention panels and a commemorative Blu-Ray release among other things.
"The proof in the pudding is that Aliens is still viable. It's not an 'old' movie. It works. It still works. I was down in Austin, Texas recently and they were doing a screening of it, a full house. Everyone was doing the lines. I mean, everybody. It was really fun. That movie had an impact, for sure. Jim [Cameron]'s work on it was really excellent."
Alien: Covenant arrives in theaters on August 4, 2017.
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