Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel probably won’t happen

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Ripley and Hicks in Alien 5 concept art – Credit: Twitter

It looks as though Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ is dead.

Neill Blomkamp, the director of ‘Chappie’ and ‘District 9’, wowed sci-fi fans a couple of years back with some impressive concept art for his planned ‘Alien’ sequel. Planning to bring Ripley, Newt and Hicks back to the franchise, the ambitious project looked to be a huge hit with ‘Alien’ fans.

But it seems it’s not meant to be.

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Asked by a fan on Twitter what the odds are that his ‘Alien’ sequel will actually happen, Neill Blomkamp was short and to the point:

Of course, this isn’t the first time Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ sequel has looked dead in the water. Back in 2015, his ambitious sequel was put on hold ‘indefinitely’ following the decision to push forward with a ‘Prometheus’ sequel.

At the insistence of Ridley Scott, the folks at 20th Century Fox ‘paused’ Blomkamp’s film so that he could complete ‘Alien: Covenant’ before ‘Alien 5’ was made. But with Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ mere months away, it looks as though those plans have probably changed.

And the studio’s ‘pause’ has now become a ‘full stop’.

Alien 5 concept art – Credit: Twitter

After all, Ridley Scott revealed that he’s planning several ‘Prometheus’ sequels in the coming years… and that’s likely dampened enthusiasm for Neill Blomkamp’s project.

“Michel Biehn, who going to reprise his role as Hicks, revealed that the plan for Alien 5 was to set up a now-grown Newt as the franchise’s new star,” said /Film. “It would keep the franchise alive,” said Biehn. “And the studios would make money because that’s what the bottom line is now: money.”

The film would have reportedly focussed on the now 27-year-old Newt, setting her up as a new strong female lead to take over the franchise. And with both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn seemingly enthusiastic about the film, it looked as though it could have brought ‘Alien’ back from the dead.

Whether or not this film ever gets made remains a bit of a mystery.

After all, 20th Century Fox may eventually decide to pick it up after Ridley Scott is finished with his ‘Prometheus’ saga. But for now, it’s looking increasingly likely that we won’t see Newt or Hicks back on the big screen anytime soon.

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