Fans are excited to watch Alien: Covenant, but another project from Neill Blomkamp was the recent topic of discussion. The director is reportedly set to begin working on Alien 5. The excitement grew as reports confirmed Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn will reprise their roles as Ripley and Hicks.
Unfortunately, it looks like Alien: Covenant will not be sharing its limelight with Blomkamp’s project. The director has revealed that the chance of Alien 5 project “happening” is currently doubtful. A fan questioned Blomkamp about Alien 5 on his official Twitter account. The director left fans disappointed with a one-word reply that the possibility is “slim.”
The tweet is cryptic in nature. It is currently unsure whether the project has been canceled or pushed back to make way for Alien: Covenant. It has been confirmed that the project is uncertain to get a green light for production.
Alien 5 project was first put on hold in 2015. “Alien is kinda holding/pending Prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things,” the director posted on Twitter. Unfortunately, the delay seems to have lessened the project’s chances of seeing the light again.
Alien 5 was aiming to put the spotlight on Newt. The character would have been revealed to be a grown woman in the movie. “It would keep the franchise alive, and the studios would make money because that’s what the bottom line is now: money,” said Biehn, who plays Hicks.
Blomkamp Project Aims to Reprise Newt And Ripley
Blomkamp also shared a concept art of Newt as a grown-up character. Slash film reported that the movie would have featured him as a 27-year-old woman. Alien 3 received criticism, as the movie killed off Newt and Hicks in the story. Fortunately, Blomkamp looks determined to bring the characters back.
“My favorites are the first two movies. So I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens,” he explained. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2.”
— NΞill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 21, 2017