When filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, director of the acclaimed film District 9, announced he was developing a fifth installment of the Alien franchise many fans were enthused. Both the quality and aesthetic of District 9 instilled confidence in fans of the franchise that Blomkamp was perfectly suited to breathe new life in the series. However, rumors that Blomkamp’s project had been shelved by 20th Century Fox swirled ever since the announcement of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus follow-up titled Alien: Covenant. Actress Sigourney Weaver confirmed that the project has been postponed in order to avoid conflicts with the released of Ridley Scott’s film, but now Neill Blomkamp has suggested the project may never move forward.
When asked about the prospects of his Alien 5 project, Blomkamp had a simple but upsetting response.
You can check out the exchange below!
— Иeill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 21, 2017
Blomkamp’s film was set to star Sigourney Weaver as Ripley alongside Michael Biehn, who would have reprised his role as Corporal Hicks from James Cameron’s Aliens. The film would have reportedly discarded the continuity of the critically lambasted Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
How do you feel about this news? Would you have liked a continuation of the franchise from Neill Blomkamp?
In the meantime, fans can still look forward to Ridley Scott’s film.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Billy Crudup and Amy Seimetz.
Alien: Covenant will be released in theaters on May 19, 2017.