After Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, movie fans immediately began speculating about when the X-Men would meet the Avengers, but the studio now owns a lot more than just the errant Marvel properties, with one of the other established titles from the sale being the Alien franchise.
It’s safe to say that Ridley Scott’s latest offering’s of Prometheus and especially Alien: Covenant, left fans more than a little dissatisfied and the box office of the most recent film has reflected this. Scott has also made it no secret that his proposal for a third instalment in this new batch of Alien films will not feature Xenomorphs at all, instead featuring a storyline focusing on the android David and his development. So basically an Alien film with no Aliens. This has not sat well with fans who voiced a similar degree of distain following Prometheus.
With rumours beginning to circulate that pre-production has been halted on Scott’s next outing (reported by AVP Galaxy), could the proposed Alien 5 project finally be close to getting a green light?
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has been campaigning hard to get his vision for the franchise the green light for some time now. The proposed story is said to be a continuation of the original storyline, rather than a prequel and will allegedly see Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back to reprise their roles as Ripley and Hicks in a direct sequel to 1986’s Aliens. The character of Newt is also said to return.
Blomkamp has recently added fuel to the fire once again by taking to Instagram this week with several pictures of concept art for his proposed Aliens project. At one stage it looked as if the film had been given the go-ahead only to be snatched away at the last hurdle with what Blomkamp described diplomatically as “politics” during a recent interview with the Guardian. The South African director and Alien star Weaver would then go to collaborate on his short film Rakka, which was distributed for free on YouTube via Blomkamp’s Oats Studios company, receiving over four million views so far.
It remains to be seen if any formal plans are afoot, or whether Blomkamp is simply reminding Disney that there are other options available.