While Ridley Scott has been busy at work promoting and prepping work on his upcoming sequel to the 2012 sci-fi film, Prometheus, set to be titled, Alien: Covenant, Neill Blomkamp’s dream Alien 5 film has been put on hold indefinitely. The movie came into fruition just a few months after Blomkamp posted concept art from his proposed Alien film online too, with several of the images showing Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) interacting with the horrifying Xenomorph creatures once again. Since then, Weaver has been confirmed to be returning for the iconic role in Blomkamp’s film, after the two previously worked together on this year’s Chappie.
The film was also set to feature the return of Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks from James Cameron’s Aliens, as well as a grown up Rebecca “Newt” Jorden (Carrie Henn), meaning that Alien 5 would essentially be picking up where Aliens left off, and rewriting the events shown in the film’s sequels, including David Fincher’s Alien 3.
It’s said that the movie will still happen eventually, once Ridley Scott and his team get further into their Prometheus trilogy, but things definitely aren’t looking good for Blomkamp’s passion project from here as the director looks to begin work on a different project. However, Icons of Fright recently spoke with Michael Biehn about the film, and the actor revealed that Alien 5 is still very much alive, and will begin production once Covenant is complete:
“I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I’m really looking forward to that. I know that Ridley’s focus is on the second Prometheus and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other.”
The actor also went on to reveal more about the film’s proposed plot and sequence of events, which would feature the passing of the torch from Ripley to a grown up Newt:
“They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around 27 years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money.”
This makes sense considering the rather strong and protective relationship with Newt that Ripley developed throughout Aliens, and was one of the biggest reasons that the story’s continuation was such a big disappointment. There’s no word on who could be coming on board to play the grown up version of Newt right now, but there’s probably a long list of actresses ready and willing to sign on for the role, depending on the script’s strength and the franchise’s future possibilities.
Passing the torch onto Newt is a strong move business-wise too, as it would be a way for Weaver’s Ripley to retire from the franchise, while also having a character that fans already love take over at the helm. As someone who was probably more excited for Blomkamp’s Alien continuation than Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant too, this plot sounds promising and hopefully – it’ll live long enough to come into fruition, rather than fading away on the cutting room floor.
Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 has been put on hold indefinitely.
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