Alien 5 Pushed Back?

Alien 5 Pushed Back?

A while ago we received the big announcement that District 9, Elysium, and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp had picked up the Alien franchise with a new film under development. According to reports, Blomkamp’s Alien film would bring back Corporal Hicks alongside Ripley in a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens, ignoring Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

This news was pretty damn exciting for Alien fans however new rumours suggest that the film has Prometheus director Ridley Scott’s nose out of joint while he focuses on Prometheus 2. Reportedly Blomkamp has been progressing along on his Alien script, however Ridley Scott is insisting the film wait until after Prometheus 2 has been finished.

Prometheus 2 is slated for filming early in 2016 to achieve a 2017 release window, with existing cast members Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender attached. If filming a new Alien sequel is pushed beyond 2016, we’d be likely looking at around a 2018 release window, which by the nature of the industry, pushes things just a bit too far back into more “maybe” than “definitely” territory.

Has Disney taught us nothing about release schedules and leveraging across franchises? Fingers crossed Blomkamp’s film still happens….

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.