Ridley Scott says Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 isn't happening
Ridley Scott has revealed that there will not be a fifth instalment of Alien.
Neill Blomkamp, who is best known for District 9 and Chappie, had confirmed in 2015 that he had the go-ahead to make a new Alien sequel, had entered pre-production and had even begun to post early concept art for the movie, but it was then all put on hold when it was revealed that Ridley Scott would be directing Alien: Covenant.
Speaking about that, Scott, who is currently promoting Alien: Covenant, revealed that he was due to be a producer on that project and that studio 20th Century Fox had simply gone off the idea.
He told AlloCine: "There was never a script. It was an idea the evolved from, I believe, a 10-page pitch, and I was meant to be part of the producers on that. It didn’t evolve. Fox decided that they didn’t want to do it and that was it.”
Asked if he thought Alien 5 might ever come to fruition, he replied: “I don’t think so, no.”
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, who return from Prometheus. They are joined by a newly cast Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, James Franco, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.
It is the follow-up to Prometheus and picks up after the events of that movie. In this film, we follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant who find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise in a remote galaxy. Instead what the crew discover is a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, the survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
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The movie was originally due to be released on August 4th this year but has now seen its release date brought forward to May 12th in 2017.