The 1979 Alien film directed by Ridley Scott with a sharp script by Dan O’Bannon and mold-breaking designs by HR Giger remains a landmark in sci-fi/horror/ The subsequent films are, at best, homages to the first and while I agree that James Cameron’s 1986 ‘Aliens’ is a thrilling action movie and don’t *detest* the David Fincher film, it all goes downhill pretty fast.
That of course does not stop the creation of spinoffs and sequels. However, one fan is mounting a quest that could realize the dream of a third movie capturing the terror and impact of the first and using the ideas of the second.
Unofficial sequel Alien Identity is set after Aliens, brings back Newt and reintroduces actors Carrie Henn and Ricco Ross…
James Cameron, like many Alien fans, was incensed by Alien 3′s decision to kill off Newt and Hicks, two supporting characters that made Aliens such a perfect sequel. But a new, unofficial tribute film called Alien Identity will attempt to rewrite history, saving Newt from her grisly fate at the start of Alien 3and sending her off on a new sci-fi adventure.
The story will pretend that the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were mere “cryo-sleep nightmares” and will catch up with Newt 14 years after the events of Aliens. This time, Elle Viane Sonnet will play the now 20-something Newt; Carrie Henn, who played Newt in Aliens, will return as her mother Anne in a flashback sequence.
Written and directed by Adam Sonnet, Alien Identity will be funded through Kickstarter, with a campaign scheduled for launch in the coming months.
Like several other recent tribute films, Alien Identity has been given the go-ahead by 20th Century Fox, a studio seemingly relaxed about unofficial, fan-made spin-off films. If you haven’t seen it yet, Predator Dark Ages is one such recent example, and well worth a watch.
Director Neill Blomkamp is set to tinker with the Alien chronology himself in the forthcoming Alien 5, which will bring back Michael Biehn’s Hicks. Will it also revive Newt? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, Alien Identity promises to give the character a new lease on life.