Blomkamp's Alien 5 would effectively serve as a sequel to Aliens—ignoring both Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, and the crossover film with the Predator—and return both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn to the franchise.
However, based on a recent tweet from Blomkamp, the chances of his version of a sequel happening aren’t looking great.
@jamesportella slim— Иeill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 21, 2017
While Fox seemed ready to move forward for a time—after Blomkamp revealed the concept and the fan response to his ideas and art—executives seem to have backpedaled a bit, in favor of studio darling Ridley Scott’s prequel franchise based on Prometheus getting more focus.
While critical reception to Prometheus was mixed, Scott went to work on a sequel to that film which is now under the Alien banner.
The recently released Alien: Covenant trailer seems to return the series to its horrific roots. The film returns Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender alongside new cast members Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup, picking up where the events of the prequel film left off.
Scott recently curried favor with the Martian, a box office and critical darling, so his plans for the prequel franchise may have delayed Blomkamp’s plans. But Weaver and Biehn both expressed optimism that the movie could move forward.
In the wake of Blomkamp’s comments, those hopes could be dashed.
Director Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
The cast features Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.
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Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th.