Ridley Scott Explains “Alien 5” Scuttling

Several years ago, “District 9” filmmaker Neill Blomkamp got a lot of people excited about a project he was keen to do – a direct sequel to “Aliens” that would effectively ignore “Alien 3” and “Alien: Resurrection” in favor of a new story that would pick up several decades later.

At the time, shortly after the release of “Prometheus” in 2012, Ridley Scott was slated to executive produce. Then Scott’s “Prometheus” follow-up suddenly took precedent to the point that Blomkamp’s film was pushed back until going into production after – if at all.

At the time it seemed like Scott, who created the franchise and thus has every right to assert creative control, was trying to scuttle the project so he could keep doing his own “Alien” prequel films. Scott’s interview quotes in recent months, suggesting multiple follow-ups to “Alien: Covenant” are coming only seemed to reinforce this – especially as Blomkamp’s film is effectively dead.

Now though Scott, who has begun the “Alien: Covenant” promo tour, has spoken with Allocine about what happened with the Blomkamp project and indicates it was ditched because it wasn’t anywhere near as far along as people expected and so not even close to ready to go into production:

“I think it will never see the light. There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because the Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.”

This is a little unexpected as “Aliens” director James Cameron in July last year told Gizmodo that Blomkamp’s script was much further along: “I think it works gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow. I don’t know anything about the production, and I don’t know what Ridley [Scott]’s doing. But hopefully there’ll be room for both of them. Like parallel universes.”

Blomkamp seemingly posted those pictures independently at the time, though like the “Deadpool” test footage reel – the studio was rumored to have been gauging interest regarding the project. So is there a completed script for Blomkamp’s proposed take? We’ll have to wait to hear more.

“Alien: Covenant” meanwhile is set to open in cinemas on May 19th.