It was just revealed The Predator will be shooting this fall in Vancouver and it’s likely not the only big sci-fi film that Fox will be shooting there in the future.
We’ve actually being hearing for a while now that 20th Century Fox is strongly considering filming Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien 5 starring Sigourney Weaver in Vancouver as well.
Blomkamp has Canadian citizenship and actually went to film school there, so it made a lot of sense to us that the studio would take advantage of the tax incentives, low dollar, along with well-oiled and skilled film crews there, also having a director that lives in the city.
There had been chatter that Fox were looking into filming there just before the project was put on hold, so producers could put all their energy into Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant first. The production start for Alien 5 is currently unknown, but it’s possible once both Alien: Covenant and The Predator are completed principle photography they can start rolling on it.
I’ve heard Fox is still hot on the idea and we’ve even heard from Weaver herself on Alien Day back in April that they’re still all involved with the project and that it has a script. It was actually put on hold on the request of Ridley according to Weaver.
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.
She even teased potentially shooting something with Blomkamp recently in South Africa, I’ve been trying to find out if it was test-footage or costume fittings for Alien 5 or something else completely, but I haven’t been able find someone who knows about it.
Most people don’t know that Alien 5 has actually been kicking around since the 90’s, back when Ridley Scott and James Cameron with help from Alien: Resurrection screenwriter Joss Whedon decided on developing a fifth film, Scott would direct and Cameron/Whedon would work on it’s script. Only for the studio to ditch their idea and make Alien vs Predator instead, which led to Cameron washing his hands of the series. Some of the elements of the project did make it’s way into Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and is expected to be expanded upon within Covenant and his other two sequels.
Considering Ridley Scott is moving onto other projects like the western he’s working on with The Martian writer Drew Goddard, it’s unlikely he’ll be jumping straight into his two other Prometheus sequels straight away, giving us the impression Blomkamp would be finally given the go ahead from the studio to make his Alien film. Scott as usual has a handful of other projects also in development, which include two separate sci-fi projects not connected to Alien.
Details about the film’s plot have been hard to dig-up, but we’ve learned from Blomkamp his intentions are to bring back Ripley, Hicks and even Newt. Weaver has even hinted that Bishop could also be returning as well.
Concept art has given the impression that Weyland-Yutani is indeed weaponizing the xenomorphs, which has been a concept looming since Aliens. It could be interesting to actually see these other factions that would have enough resources to combat the company/colonies or seeing the xenomorphs used in warfare.
It’s unlikely that Carrie Henn would be reprising the role of Newt, considering she only made one film and is currently a school teacher long retired from acting. Since Carrie has not acted since 1986 it feels really odd to throw her back into the franchise, even more so if her character’s role in the series is about to become more important than ever.
There had been some talk that Ripley passing the torch to Newt, and that she would be leading potential sequels, allowing Weaver to give the character a proper send-off. Considering, she only died in Alien 3, so producers had an excuse to replace Weaver with another actor. This gives us the impression that Fox would be looking to recast the role of Newt with a new actress.
It’s not hard to imagine Newt taking over the franchise, as originally in early drafts of Alien: Resurrection it was Newt that was going to be cloned, not Ripley. Moving towards a new lead has been what producers have been dying to do since Alien 3, when they offered Michael Biehn the spot, only for him to reject it out of respect to Weaver and producers killing Hicks out of in spite.
Harrison Ford is doing similar things with both The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2, it remains to be seen if he’ll be passing the torch to another Jones in Indy 5.
Some have fan-casted Oscar nominated actress Emma Stone (Zombieland, Birdman, Battle of The Sexes) for the role. Although, we’re unsure if she’d be interested in the role after turning down two different Ghostbusters incarnations, another Sigourney Weaver classic. Along with her experiences on the Amazing Spider-Man films might make her a little more cautious about taking-on franchise roles. Then again, she’s linked for the lead role in Disney’s Cruella.
Basically, they could have a gap of two-four years between Covenant and the next installment, so this does give Blomkamp a widow to release his fifth film.