Ridley Scott Says that Neil Blomkamp's ALIEN 5 "Will Never See The Light"
Things just keep looking worse and worse for Neil Blomkamp's Alien 5. This was a film project that I was extremely excited about because it would have continued the story of Ripley, Hicks, and Newt after the events of James Cameron's Aliens. Unfortunatley, it doesn't look like it's ever going to happen.
At one point, Alien director Ridley Scott said that Alien 5 would be released in 2017, but now he's saying that it will never see the light of day! During a recent interview with the French outlet Allocine, the director said that the project wasn't as far along as previously thought. The following was translated:
“I think [Alien 5] will never see the light. There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because the Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.”
That seems to contradict earlier reports in which Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron both say that Blomkamp wrote an incredible script. Cameron went as far to say as:
“I think it works gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow."
It sounds to me like Blomkamp was extremely far along in the process of developing the film if Cameron though he was ready to "make it tomorrow." Maybe Scott only read a 10-page pitch before he decided he wanted to push Prometheus forward instead.
I think it's safe to say that Scott shut Blomkamp's film project down, which is a shame. I think there could've been room for Alien 5 and Scott's other Alien film projects. In all honesty, even though Alien 5 probably won't happen, I'm still more excited about that part of the Aliens story than I am for what Scott is currently doing.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still excited for Alien: Covenant, but I'd be more excited for Alien 5. What do you think about all this?