Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Sequel Still Happening, According to Sigourney Weaver

By April 22, 2016

Despite the project itself going quiet, and being pushed to the side in a sense for director Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant which has been moving along nicely – it looks like director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel may still happen after all. At least, that’s what Sigourney Weaver says.

The actress was set to return as Ridley in the film, which would take place after the events of Aliens, and practically erase the continuity of any of the films after that, though for all we know, that might have changed by now. This also meant the return of Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks as well, who was shown standing next to Ripley in some of Blomkamp’s released concept art.

IndieWire recently got the chance to speak with Weaver about the film as well, who when asked if the movie would still be happening, responded with the following:

“Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien ’til after Prometheus 2.’ (Ridley Scott) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn’t do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”

There was quite a bit of fan anticipation surrounding Blomkamp’s sequel when it was originally announced, following the interesting concept art he released, and the even more comforting direction he seemed to be taking the franchise’s story in. However, after both Elysium and Chappie ended up being disappointing follow-ups to Blomkamp’s spectacular District 9, confidence behind the project seemed to diminish slightly.

On the flip side, the anticipation behind Scott’s Alien: Covenant has only seemed to grow as of late, after a few confusing months of Scott going back and forth on when the film would take place in the Alien timeline, and what story it would exactly follow. After wrangling together an incredibly impressive cast though, which is common in Scott’s films, and the inclusion of Alien in the film’s title, it seems like an optimistic hope has begun to surround the Alien franchise moving forward, in the hopes that both Scott and Blomkamp will be able to save it from that disappointing run of follow-up films in the 90s and 2000s.

While we still wait to find out more about Alien 5, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is set to hit theatres on August 4th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable