You know that saying, “the best things come to those who wait?” Well, if that’s the case, then ‘Alien’ fans should be in for a heck of a ride in the coming years. Ridley Scott, the director of the original ‘Alien’ film, is working on a follow-up to ‘Prometheus,’ a prequel to the original film which came out in 2012, and fellow director Neill Blomkamp has been working on reviving the original series’ timeline in a continuation film. Blomkamp’s film has seen a few delays in its production schedule, but it is getting a vote of confidence from arguably the biggest name of the entire ‘Alien’ universe: Sigourney Weaver herself.
After Scott decided to rename his film from ‘Prometheus 2’ to the timeline-confusing-but-probably-better-for-marketing ‘Alien: Covenant,’ the Blomkamp-helmed ‘Alien’ film was put “on hold” indefinitely by 20th Century Fox, the studio producing the films. Initial buzz surrounding the now-shelved movie was that it was going to essentially ignore the events of ‘Alien 3’ and ‘Alien: Resurrection,” allowing Ripley (once again portrayed by Weaver) to return and pass the space torch, as it were, to a grown-up Newt.
Weaver was recently asked about Blomkamp’s film at a VMware event; when asked if the film was still being made, she replied thusly:
“Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our ‘Alien’ ’til after ‘Prometheus 2.’ [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.”
After starting his writing/directing career extremely well with sleeper hit ‘District 9,’ his next films ‘Elysium‘ and ‘Chappie‘ have been met with more mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Late last year, it was announced that Blomkamp would instead work on adapting a sci-fi novel titled ‘The Gone World’ for the big screen. Time will tell what new ‘Alien’ films make it to theaters – and in what order the come.
If Tony Schaab could be the captain of any Federation vessel, it would almost assuredly be the Enterprise-C, because who doesn’t love a good recumbent time loop? A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Facebook and Twitter to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.