By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
This year started off with a surprising revelation that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was working on an unofficial sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens by commissioning some art. The art prominently featured Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Hicks (Michael Biehn) which really got fans excited – especially since the latter was killed off in the first moments of Alien 3.
Then 20th Century Fox announced that it had picked up the director and his vision for a new Alien sequel, and that would be produced concurrently with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Months later, we heard it was delayed, and now Blomkamp has taken to Twitter to give an update on the project. Here’s what he said.
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 BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
“Kinda holding/pending Prometheus 2?” I’m getting the feeling that this may not just be Scott wanting to make sure Alien: Paradise Lost comes out first. Fox had a stunning year in 2014, but according to Box Office Mojo, the studio is down -32.5% in box office grosses this year.
It still passed a billion dollars but maybe it was enough to slow down on a few projects and become cautious – especially after learning that a genre movie like Fantastic Four isn’t a sure thing. The Alien films come with the added risk of being rated-R, which studios don’t like to see. (To be fair, Fox approved an R-Rated Deadpool movie, but the budget is low, so rewards will be high.)
We do know that there was part of a concept in Blomkamp’s Alien sequel that bumped up against what Ridley Scott was doing for Alien: Paradise Lost, and had to be changed. Some of Blomkamp’s artwork featured the Space Jockey’s starship in a Weyland Yutani facility, so that made me think it may have been more than just a little overlap.
It’s possible that the plot for Alien 5 is dependent on something that happened in the past, which conflicts with the Prometheus/Alien: Paradise Lost prequels. Scott has revealed that he plans to make at least another one or two prequel films, which will eventually connect to the original Alien. Could it be that Scott would rather show Blomkamp’s ideas in the prequels?
I’m still convinced that it’s Fox getting cold feet, and they would rather wait on the box office receipts of Alien: Paradise Lost before greenlighting something connected to it. My best guess is Blomkamp will be given the go ahead after Fox sees the box office take of Paradise Lost in 2017. If Alien 5 is given the greenlight then, don’t expect to see the sequel film until sometime in 2019 at the earliest.
In the meantime, I hope that Blomkamp will start work on District 10. We’ve been waiting patiently for that one.