February 28, 2015

Five ways to screw up Blomkamp's Alien movie?

We reported yesterday that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) has been given the green light for his Alien film which will "negate" the awful Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

CNN's Brandon Griggs offers up five things that Blomkamp should heed if he doesn't want to screw up his big chance.

All make sense to me but one: "Have them attack Earth."

Griggs writes,

Invading space aliens have been a science-fiction staple since at least 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." But having a marauding alien terrorize Times Square or scamper down Sunset Boulevard would look pretty silly.

The "Alien" movies have generated suspense largely through the claustrophobic feel of humans trapped in enclosed spaces with deadly critters who might pop out at any moment.

So instead of Earth, what about this: What if an alien stowaway or two infiltrate an exclusive space colony -- like Blomkamp's own Elysium?

It might be satisfying to see the toothy monsters wreak havoc on a bunch of pampered elitists.

Au contraire, Brandon. Again, I give you Mark Verheiden and his Dark Horse "Aliens" series. In these masterful tales, the Aliens do invade Earth, but it isn't as Griggs worries.

As I wrote six years ago:

... a derelict spacecraft has made its way back to Earth orbit, one of its pilots with an Alien “facehugger” attached to him. Uh-oh.

The Company takes the pilot into possession and keeps close tabs on him. And wouldn’t ‘ya know it? He’s impregnated with a queen. How lucky for the Company! Of course, they keep the queen sequestered and allow it to lay eggs at will, which they hope to eventually use as weapons. Somehow. Meanwhile, the government organizes a mission to the Alien homeworld. Unbeknownst to it, the Company has jetted off its own craft right behind the military one. That Company is just too damn greedy!

You can imagine what follows: The imprisonment of the Alien queen goes awry ...

Y'see, the public isn't even aware of the danger -- and the sheer magnitude of it -- until it's way too late. The spread of the Alien hives is exactly like a deadly viral epidemic: slowly, surely, everyday conveniences and services begin to fail, eventually everyone fends for themselves, and the Aliens take over.

That is spooky, and unlike Griggs's suggestion doesn't sound exactly like the first Alien film (and third and fourth). The queens even affect human dreams (and nightmares) via a form of telepathy which sort of acts like a foreshadow of events to come. Freaky as hell, I'm telling you!

Griggs also says that Blomkamp shouldn't worry about the events in Prometheus at all. This is fine; however, Blomkamp will have to be careful about canon here -- the "Space Jockey" isn't an alien at all but one of humanity's progenitors, etc.

Posted by Hube at February 28, 2015 07:33 AM | TrackBack

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"It might be satisfying to see the toothy monsters wreak havoc on a bunch of pampered elitists."

If Griggs feels that way, then why does he oppose the Aliens attacking Times Square or Sunset Boulevard? ;)

In all seriousness, I would be perfectly okay if "Prometheus" was ignored.

Posted by: SpideyTerry at February 28, 2015 05:37 PM

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