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Sonnet Realm Films Brings Back Newt in Tribute, ALIEN IDENTITY

Director Adam Sonnet and Sonnet Realm Films is setting up an unofficial sequel to Aliens starring Elle Viane Sonnet as an older Newt. The fan-film, titled Alien Identity, will also reintroduce actors Carrie Henn and Ricco Ross, who both starred in Aliens in 1986.

Many of us, including James Cameron, flipped the proverbial table over the decision to kill off Newt and Hicks in David Fincher’s Alien 3. These were two supporting characters that perfectly rounded out Ripley’s characterization as well as moved along the story quite nicely. Well, Sonnet Realms seeks to revise at least Newt’s ending by breathing new life into this characters and sending her off on her own sci-fi adventure.

When given confidential information about her traumatizing youth, deep space colonist, Rebecca Jorden, must find the courage to face her new found identity.

Alien Identity’s story seeks to ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and consider them as mere “cryo-sleep nightmares” — as they should be. Identity catches up with Newt 14 years after the events of Aliens. Elle Viane Sonnet will play the now 20-something Newt while Carrie Henn, the original Newt from Aliens, returns as her mother Anne in a flashback sequence.

Henn is joined by another returning Aliens cast member, Ricco Ross, who played Pvt. Robert Frost — the ill-fated Colonial Marine who said, “What do you expect us to use, man, harsh language?” No, Pvt. Frost is not returning from the dead, per se, but he does live on through his twin brother Richard Frost.

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We don’t know exactly what Newt will be facing in Alien Identity yet, but the film’s site says it “plays heavily on the aesthetics of HR Giger.” Just based on that we it is very likely that we’ll see something along the lines of bio-mechanical nightmare fuel that happens to bleed corrosive acid.

Adam Sonnet is not the only one seeking to revise/revisit the Alien universe. Neill Blomkamp is currently working his own official installment into the franchise, which also ignores Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

I personally am excited to see how this movie turns out. I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise, with Aliens being my favorite movie (of all time). To date, Creative Assembly gave us the best Alien spin-off with the video game Alien Isolation, a story that centers on Ellen Ripley’s grown-up daughter Amanda. The game successfully recreated the overall look, feel, and absolute terror of the first film. Now we’re getting a (fan-made) spin-off of Aliens. If pulled off well, this could be one of those cult classics to which fans will want to pay attention.

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Christina Janke

Christina Janke

Host of "Intro to Geek" on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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