Unless you’re Marvel Studios, shared/expanded universes can be tricky things to put together. Sony hoped The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would give them a Spidey-filled universe to play in, and we all know how that worked out for them. It’s no easy feat, so when it was announced that a fifth Alien movie was on the way from Neil Blomkamp, everyone wondered what that meant for Ridley Scott’s sequel to 2012′s Prometheus. It’s been rumored for a while that the two films might conflict with each other (see our report from August), and last night on Twitter Blomkamp made it official: Alien 5 has halted production in favor of Scott’s film Alien: Paradise Lost.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
Obviously, this was never a fight Blomkamp was going to win. This is Ridley freakin’ Scott, after all. Dude INVENTED the Alien universe. So when he tells Fox that he wants his movie to come first, guess whose movie is going to come first? It was always going to be confusing having two films under the Alien banner in production at the same time, it was just a matter of time before one of them got pushed aside. There’s also the tiny detail of Scott being a producer on Blomkamp’s film (as noted in this Collider report), so…yeah. Gotta listen to the boss man.
In the long run, this might be better for Blomkamp and Alien 5. Given how divisive the original Prometheus film was, Scott’s sequel isn’t necessarily being met with as much enthusiasm as I’m sure he’d like. People are curious, to be sure, but there’s a definite air of skepticism surrounding the project. Now, if it comes out and is a huge success, then Alien 5 can ride that momentum and (hopefully) be well-received, too. If Paradise Lost doesn’t do well, that could set Blomkamp up as the savior of the franchise, breathing new life into the Alien universe. Of course the worst-case scenario is that Scott’s film bombs and Fox scraps the entire plan altogether, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
This could also be Blomkamp’s chance to get back some of the luster he has lost over the past couple of years. He was the next big thing after District 9 came out, but Elysium and Chappie have damaged his reputation a bit. Not that fans have completely abandoned him or anything, but there’s definitely been some doubt that perhaps he was a one-hit wonder. If he can get his mojo back, with either the long-rumored District 10 or something else, that could get him and Alien 5 back on track.
Though this is disappointing news for xenomorph fans, a wait-and-see approach by Fox might ultimately benefit both films. This does put more pressure on Alien: Paradise Lost to deliver, but with Ridley Scott in the director’s chair, there’s cause for optimism. Keep those fingers crossed, kids.
Alien: Paradise Lost is set for release on May 30, 2017.
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