MOVIE NEWS – Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 never really got off the ground, but now a new update from the producer has practically killed all hope.
After the Predator franchise was very much revived at Disney with the release of Prey, the question inevitably arises of what we can expect in connection with the return of the Alien franchise in the coming years. While some fans of the franchise may think this means there’s a chance that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, with Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley, might finally be made, the latest bit of information doesn’t seem very encouraging.
When the Alien franchise moved from Fox to Disney, fans were at a loss as to what it would mean for the franchise and other more mature films. After months of Xenomorphs wearing Mickey Mouse ears and talk that the carnage of the evil beasts would slow down, the release of Prey seems to have allayed fears that Fox’s darker franchises were becoming “Disney movies,” and that means, that maybe it will be worth waiting for a new Alien movie again.
That being said, producer Walter Hill recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter to break some news that Blomkamp’s Alien 5 could ever be made, and it wasn’t very good news. He said the following:
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!”
“We tried Sigourney a couple of years ago. But that was when Aliens was still at Fox. Disney, who run Aliens now, weren’t interested in going that route. It was I have an idea for a good story with Ripley and Sigourney. But I hope to see her in Venice.”
Disney acquired a number of popular franchises with the Fox merger, but that doesn’t mean new installments are being developed for all of them. While there’s still talk of Ridley Scott finishing his Alien prequel trilogy and Fede Alvarez’s new stand-alone movie coming, it looks like FX’s Alien TV series, which will take place on Earth three decades before Ripley boarded the Nostromo, has taken the baton. he fights the menacing alien on board.
According to FX boss John Landgraf, the series will be the first in the franchise – Alien vs. Ignoring the Predator movies – which brings the battle of the Xenomorphs to Earth and will take place around 2092. He previously told THR:
“Alien takes place before Ripley. It’s the first story in the ‘Alien’ franchise to take place on Earth. It takes place on our planet, near the end of the century we’re in now – 70 years in the future. All I can say is, that Ripley will not be in it, and neither will any other old characters – except for the alien himself”.
The original director, Ridley Scott, is also part of the series, as he came on board early on as a producer, which means that although he will no longer produce the third prequel, he will still have some say in the latest installment of the franchise. The series is expected to begin filming this year and will air sometime in 2023. There is no word yet on when Alvarez’s film may debut.