Although Neill Blomkamp is readying a fifth installment in the main Alien franchise at 20th Century Fox — which is said to feature the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley — it looks like the development of that film may have hit a snag: a snag named Ridley Scott.
According to a report at Bloody Disgusting, Fox is eager to get started on the latest installment of the Alien series — which Scott is producing — but Scott is said to prefer that Prometheus 2 go into production first, apparently disliking the idea of having both films in active production at the same time. A recent report suggested, though, that Scott could begin shooting his Prometheus sequel as soon as the beginning of 2016, while there’s been no indication that Neill Blomkamp’s project is anywhere close to that kind of start date. Blomkamp is still said to be working on his film’s script.
Right now, the most likely chain of events would seem to be that Prometheus 2 begins shooting in January for a 2017 release, after which Alien 5 could begin shooting that year for release in 2018. There are still some logistical issues that need to be worked out, though. For instance, Michael Fassbender is slated to produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, which is slated to release in 2016, and he has yet to begin work on that since he’s currently busy reprising his role as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is also releasing next year. Fassbender is slated to return to the Prometheus sequel as the android David, alongside Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
Sigourney Weaver also has a busy schedule coming up, since she’s slated to return in some form for James Cameron’s follow-ups to Avatar which are expected to begin shooting soon. Either way, all of these creators and performers are in for a busy couple of years, and it should be intriguing to see just how these next chapters unfold. For more on Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 as they continue to take shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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