Over the last few years, we've been hearing how Neill Blomkamp had drafted up ideas for an Alien movie sequel, known as Alien 5. This entire hope for a real decent sequel started hitting the internet as early as January of 2015.
As the news of Blomkamp's idea started hitting the internet, we learned how Ripley, Newt and Hicks were in it, and this would have totally completed Ripley's story. We heard how the actors that could have been involved, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Beihn were all somehow confused or tricked, as they showed support for the premise or were actually thinking the film was on schedule to be filmed.
Then there was news that Alien 5 was put on hold for Alien Covenant. Then Weaver had shared the idea that this fifth film was actually a direct sequel to James Cameron's Aliens film.
But, through whispered rumors and solid interviews of late, it's been reported that Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 project is no longer kicking, but dead. Apparently Ridley Scott is more focused on his dilluted prequels than supporting a solid new sequel.
Blomkamp has a decent track record for telling great, tragic and depressing stories while Scott seems to be milking the francise as Xenopmorph fans keep flocking to the theater. But with Scott's prequels, with supposedly three in mind, after what people are seeing with Covenant, we don't think it can be jut three films that tell the tale, but more. Which falls in place with the "miling the franchise" theory.
But all in all, it would seem that Scott was, for whatever reason, not a fan of Blomkamp's idea. And Blomkamp was somewhat smooth about the closure of this plan. Considering 20th Century Fox seemed interested, got folks excited.
But alas, as Blomkamp put it,
"I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live."
He further explained himself, saying he did not want to go "stomping around in the world that Scott created."
So for now, I can only surmise the Fox wanted the project, but something or someone else interfered. Too bad. For for now, that's that. Let's not hold our breaths for a new Alien sequel from Blomkamp. Of course, had he made the film, you do realize that Sharlto Copley would have been in it. And I can barely understand his accent!!!
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