After multiple indications suggested it, now filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has made it official – his proposed direct sequel to “Aliens” is dead and won’t be coming back down the line.
Speaking with The Verge, Blomkamp made sure that the death sentence, which essentially came at the behest of Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox who opted to make “Alien: Covenant” instead, was final:
“I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is, it’s just not going to live.
Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.”
The disappointing results of the $97 million-budgeted ‘Covenant,’ which has made just $165.3 million worldwide so far, also makes it unclear if Ridley Scott’s plans for at least one more sequel will come to fruition.
With that project gone though, Blomkamp’s long in the works “District 9” sequel may be moving forward sooner than expected. Talking about it, he says:
“With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool.”
Blomkamp is busy on his “Oats Studio Volume One” sci-fi shorts project due for release later this year.