Sigourney Weaver has given us a bit of an update concerning Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien 5 when she spoke at tech giant VMware (via Agressive Comix/AVP Galaxy). Revealing that Ridley Scott asked Blomkamp to hold-off making his film until after he completed his Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, which makes sense.
Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.
Her statements sort of match-up to what Neill tweeted out back in October.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
— Иeill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
This also reaffirms what’ve already heard from our own sources at Fox concerning the status of Alien 5, as Ridley Scott wanted the creative freedom to make Alien: Covenant without forcing Neill Blomkamp to keep changing his script, Ridley is a producer on the Blomkamp film as well.
Alien 5 is still going ahead but is just waiting until Ridley Scott finishes up Alien: Covenant first.
Just keep in mind that Neill’s movie would likely be taking place well after the events of Aliens and have very little connection to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus movies.
There’s also the school of the thought that bringing back Weaver’s Ellen Ripley to the screen after her twenty year hiatus would more than likely overshadow what Ridley Scott is trying to do by launching a new trilogy starting with Covenant. Whatever enthusiasm there is for Alien: Covenant would have likely been dismissed to focus on the return of Ripley.
Ripley passing the torch to a new female lead to keep the main Alien franchise going has been a topic of discussion, along with the possibility of both Hicks and Newt returning. We’ve assumed that Newt would get a recasting as the original actress hasn’t done movie in ages and might not be in the best position to revitalize the franchise.
It’ll be interesting if Neill will be leaving the door open for Alien 6, while giving Weaver’s Ripley a well deserved final send-off.
Considering similar things have been happening for Harrison Ford’s iconic characters with The Force Awakens, Blade Runner 2 and Indiana Jones 5, it’s hard to imagine Fox not giving Ripley a respectful final sequel as well.
Before the production went on hold there was chatter that Alien 5 could shoot in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Deadpool was shot, this was only a rumor going around locally in the city. I would have to assume that production to go back into full swing sometime in 2017 or 2018, that’s unless Fox really wants to distance Covenant‘s release from Alien 5.
Alien: Covenant is currently shooting in New Zealand and Australia with release date aimed for August 2017.
SOURCE: AGRESSIVE COMIX