By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
The Alien prequel, Prometheus, came out about three years ago, and the current Hollywood trend is about that long space of time between sequels. But that second Prometheus film hasn’t even started shooting yet, while director Ridley Scott moved on to The Martian, which is set to be released in just over a month from now. I’m looking forward to that film, so I don’t mind the diversion.
In January of this year, Neill Blomkamp released some art he had commissioned for a proposed fifth Alien film that looked exciting. 20th Century Fox quickly made a deal with the Chappie director and even brought Scott on board to produce Alien 5. With all the delays Prometheus 2 was having, an Alien 5 in the interim would be fantastic– except that may not be what’s happening.
Bloody Digusting has heard from a source that Scott plans delay Alien 5 until after Prometheus 2 has premiered. Here’s what they revealed:
Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea. Blomkamp continues to work on the script (only an outline existed previously) and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.
Prometheus 2 is set to start shooting in early 2016, so the earliest we’ll see that film is 201,7 followed by Alien 5 in 2018. The source says the delay will also allow Blomkamp to schedule around Sigourney Weaver’s commitment to James Cameron’s three Avatar sequels. But why Scott insists on Prometheus 2 premiering first is a bit of a mystery.
I wonder if there’s a plot thread that will intersect both films. We do know that Blomkamp had to change a part of his film, because Scott “felt was bumping [into] Prometheus 2 a little bit.” That probably means something was exorcised from the screenplay entirely, but it could also mean that it has been changed to something that will keep it in line with the second Prometheus film.
One final bit of information, we know that Blomkamp is approaching this as a direct sequel to Alien and Aliens, while Michael Biehn has also recently said the third and fourth movie were being cut from the canon, but that may also not necessarily be the case.
Bloody Disgusting’s source has revealed is that no decision has been made, and that they’re “not sure if Biehn’s assertions about it ignoring films three and four are accurate. It’s basically far too early to tell on that front right now.” If Blomkamp can deliver a film on par with Alien and Aliens, then I would happily ignore the last two films have ever existed.