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Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 “holding” for now

October 30th, 2015 by Dave Bowling Comments



So much for mostly coming out at night. Mostly.

Looks like the much-rumoured reboot of the Alien franchise isn’t happening. Well, not for a while at least. Riding on the success of The Martian, Ridley Scott has announced that he wants the delayed Prometheus sequel, tentatively titles Aliens: Paradise Lost, to be the next film in the Alien saga. Sir Rid is hoping to go into production next year with an eye to a 2017 release. Potentially two more Prometheus sequels could follow.

All this unfortunately puts the brakes on Neill Blomkamp’s much-vaunted project to direct a film set immediately after Aliens. Essentially ignoring Alien³ and Alien Resurrection, the film was to involve Ripley, Hicks, Newt and the top half of Bishop. Unfortunately, the director seems pretty resigned to the film not going ahead in the immediate future, confirming via Twitter:


So, it seems that the District 9 helmer has to move on to other things for a while at least, with Fox giving priority to Scott’s plans for following up on Prometheus. Which is a shame. I saw Michael Biehn at Sheffield Comic Con this year and it was clear that he was passionate about playing Hicks again, should the call come through. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to like Alien³. The director’s cut is a fantastic film that shows what David Fincher could’ve delivered first time around without studio interference. But the getting Hicks back for one last hurrah would be awesome. Fingers crossed this can be resolved and this project doesn’t spend the next two decades in development hell…


Source: Den of Geek

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...