After Neill Blomkamp revealed some Alien artwork he had commissioned during the post-production process of CHAPPiE for a possible Alien 5, fans became excited for a continuation of the property along with the current prequels. While Blomkamp said it was his own personal project, Fox soon contacted him, and it looked good for a fourth sequel to Ridley Scott’s original Alien.
Then the silence crept in. First it seemed like Alien: Covenant would delay Blomkamp’s Alien 5, then indefinite hold, and then the director went to take on the film The Gone World. Blomkamp started to say that Alien 5 was unlikely and now it seems that Ridley Scott has confirmed it.
In an interview with Allocine.fr (via DigitalSpy) Alien, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott revealed his involvement with the project and its status. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“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.”
I have to wonder what more was happening behind the scenes for Fox to pull the plug like that – especially without a script! At first, it seemed like the studio was gung-ho on the possibility for both a sequel and prequel but, according to Scott, the studio got cold feet.
The best explanation is that Fox jumped on the Neill Blomkamp Alien 5 bandwagon due to the amount of fan excitement surrounding the artwork, and picked it up based solely on that (it worked well with Deadpool). When he actually delivered what sounds like a ten page treatment, it is very probable that Fox just didn’t like the direction Blomkamp was going in.
Another possibility is that Alien 5 would be treading on Scott’s toes. We know that the Space Jockey’s starship from the original Alien would play a part in Blomkamp’s film, which sounds like he would be exploring the origins of the Xenomorph. Maybe his idea was just not compatible with Scott’s prequels, and, from the sound of it, Scott really didn’t have much interest in the sequel — so neither did Fox.
I’m on the fence about whether Alien 5 should get made or not. On one hand, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection were both poor conclusions for the franchise, and I wouldn’t mind them being retconned out of the series for a true third movie with Ripley, Hicks, and Newt.
However, with the exception of District 9, Blomkamp hasn’t really delivered a satisfying film, making me hesitant to believe he can create a worthy sequel to Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens. Even Scott’s return to the franchise with Prometheus was underwhelming. Still, it would have been exciting to see Sigourney Weaver play Ellen Ripley one final time.