By Ryan Keating-Lambert
With all of the hype around Alien: Covenant and the nail biting wait for the first teaser trailer, there hasn’t been much talk of Neill Blomkamp’s mysterious Alien 5 project, which has been in the works since Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) shared some incredibly twisted alien concept art just after wrapping his last film Chappie, also starring Sigourney Weaver.
Apparently, Alien 5 is still happening but won’t start properly until Ridley Scott’s Prometheus follow-up Covenant has finished in post-production. Scott, also the director of the original Alien that (literally) burst onto the screen in 1979, and who will also produce Alien 5, is planning to tie it all together somehow – it’s all about having a shared universe these days. What we do know is that Weaver is still on board and patiently waiting to get it underway.
“I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.”
This poses a lot of questions. If this is undoubtedly Ripley’s end, how is she going to go? Especially if Blomkamp sticks to his original plan of making Alien 5 a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens. That seems like a bit of a f*ck you to David Fincher who directed Alien 3, who has previously disowned the film because he’s so unhappy with it, and of course Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s very very weird Alien: Resurrection. I wonder how they feel about having their movies thrown aside like that? I guess they’ll have to ask George Lucas.
It seems as if Scott had a bit of trouble fitting Covenant into this universe already if you consider the name changes. What was originally ‘Prometheus 2’, then changed to ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’ before finally settling for Alien: Covenant. I’m really happy they ditched the Paradise one – sounds a bit too biblical for me.
Alien: Covenant opens on May 19, 2017 and we’re expecting to see a trailer any day now! Let’s hope it answers the 100 questions that Prometheus created, and let’s also hope that the crew of ‘Covenant’ know how to run in different directions.. Seriously, what a stupid death!
Feature photo: Collider