There was a lot of buzz about Neill Blomkamp‘s ‘Alien 5’ pitch when it had come out and Ridley Scott is helping further crush the idea of it happening and sharing how little progress had actually been made on it. With ‘Alien: Covenant‘ nearing release the director was asked about the film and not only further dashes any hope that it will see the light of day but shared that there wasn’t even a script completed.
The idea was pitched shortly after Blomkamp worked with Sigourney Weaver in the 2015 release of ‘Chappie’ and his thought was to completely write off ‘Aliens 3’, bring back both Michael Biehn as Cpl Hicks and Carrie Henn as an adult Newt, and even had James Cameron giving praise to the proposal. Only now it seems that even with all of the concept art and more that came out, it barely made it to the pitch stage.
With Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ having not done well at the box office as expected and a yet untitled follow up in production, it seemed like it could still take place. Sadly, Scott weighed in on the subject in a recent interview with the French magazine Allocine, and there it should stop any more rumors swirling that it might still happen.
According to Scott:
“I don’t think it will ever see the light of day. There was never a script. Just an idea that evolved from a dozen or so pages. I had to participate as producer, but it didn’t go farther because Fox decided it didn’t want to do it. As far I was concerned, I had already done Prometheus and I was working on Covenant.”
While the Internet, fans, and others involved all seemed to like the idea, it would sound that not only was Scott not at all interested but neither was Fox. This is a shame as the concept was sound and with the way the ‘Alien’ franchise works there seems like no reason that films set in both the future and the past couldn’t be released every other year. With a sequel to the upcoming film tentatively titled ‘Alien: Awakening’ already written it would appear that the studio only has one direction they want to go with.
Hopefully, Scott won’t release something that puts many fans to sleep as ‘Prometheus’ was often cited to do. While I enjoyed many of the plot points of the film and it was visually entertaining, I had trouble justifying a repeat watch, unlike the countless times I’ve viewed the first two films.
Are you annoyed that we’ll only be getting Ridley Scott’s vision of ‘Alien’ going forward after ‘Prometheus’ or is this the right way to go? Would an alternating set of past and future films which had included Blomkamp’s idea been a box office success or failure? Share your thoughts below!
‘Alien: Covenant’ will be bursting into theaters on May 19th, 2017!
Source: Screen Rant
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