With all the build-up now focused on Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, including the debut of its first trailer last month, the other Alien project in development, Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 (working title), has received relatively little attention as of late.
While Scott is continuing to pursue at least some of the plot threads left over from his prequel Prometheus, the District 9 director's intent was to create a direct sequel to Aliens in which the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection were ignored in favor of a new storyline starring Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) and plucky Newt (Carrie Henn, though she would almost certainly be played by a different actress now).
Although Blomkamp's pitch picked up some steam with Fox in 2015, it was put on the back burner when Ridley Scott flexed some muscle and decided he wanted to make the sequel to Prometheus instead. While the official line was that Blomkamp’s movie would probably get made after Alien: Covenant, this recent exchange between the director and a fan on Twitter doesn't bode well:
Can't say this is a huge surprise: Ridley Scott has more clout with the studio than Neill Blomkamp and has already hinted at even more Alien films to come. With Scott driving the franchise again, it doesn't seem likely that Fox would want to make the room or put up the budget for a story in a different time frame.
That's a shame, though, because Sigourney Weaver herself was excited about the project and called Blomkamp's script "great." The filmmaker remains busily at work on both an unnamed project and an adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Gone World, so he probably doesn't have a lot of time to sit around and get depressed over the fate of Alien 5, but I imagine he can't help but feel a twinge of disappointment.
Would you have wanted to see Blomkamp’s movie? Do you think 20th Century Fox should still make it?