Why Ridley Scott thinks Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 will never happen

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May 1, 2017, 12:22 PM EDT

A couple of years ago, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) sent fans into a frenzy when he released pieces of concept art for his planned Alien 5 that would completely ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and see the return of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Newt from James Cameron’s Aliens.

However, with Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox hard at work on Scott’s Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, plans for Blomkamp’s film fell by the wayside, and it looks more and more like it’ll never see the light of day, with Blomkamp himself recently admitting chances for his Alien movie to be made were now slim.

In a recent interview with French magazine Allocine, Scott was asked about Alien 5 while doing the press rounds for Covenant. Here’s the excerpt (which was translated from the French by AVP Galaxy) from the trade:

“Ridley Scott, who was in Paris for the promotion of the new opus of the saga, was even more definitive in our microphone: “I think he will never see the light,” he replied after explaining That the project was far less advanced than previously thought. “There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because the Fox decided that She did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.”

So, Ridley Scott is saying there's no script for Blomkamp's Alien 5 film? I find this a bit strange, because according to previous reports, such a script was said to have been completed, with James Cameron himself claiming to have read it. Here's what Cameron said during last year's San Diego Comic-Con: “He [Blomkamp] shared it with me, and I think it's a very strong script, and he can go make it tomorrow.” Told ya, strange.

Oh well, at least we have Alien: Covenant to look forward to on May 19, right? RIGHT?!

(via AVP Galaxy)