Sad news for fans of the ‘Alien’ franchise today, as director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed that the plans he had with production company 20th Century Fox to create an ‘Alien 5‘ film will no longer be happening.
From all accounts, it sounds like Blomkamp wants to be respectful of franchise creator Ridley Scott, who doesn’t directly own the rights to ‘Alien’ but is still actively working within the franchise’s universe. ‘Alien: Covenant’ is currently in theaters, and Scott is already working on a follow-up film, and he has indicated recently that the idea of another branch of ‘Alien’ films doesn’t really make sense to him.
In a recent interview, Blomkamp shared his views on the matter. When asked directly about ‘Alien 5,’ he said:
“I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.
“Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.”
What do you think, readers? Should Blomkamp have been allowed to continue with his work in the ‘Alien’ franchise, or would you rather leave things as they are currently progressing with Ridley Scott? Sound off in the comments section below!
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