Director Ridley Scott has been holding a grip on the Alien franchise for the last few years, making middling prequels. All this time we’ve held out hope that eventually, SOMEDAY, director Neill Blomkamp would be allowed to make his proposed “Alien 5″ picture — a movie that would once again bring Sigourney Weaver back to the franchise to revive the character that made her famous, one last time. According to sketches the movie would have also brought back Colonel Hicks and a grown-up Newt, thereby retconning their deaths between Aliens and Alien 3.
But according to Scott, sketches of Alien 5 are all that exist. Keep in mind since he isn’t personally responsible for this project like he is with his own Alien movies, he doesn’t know everything about it. But his statements sure aren’t optimistic. “I think [the project] will never see the light [of day],” he told the French website Allocine. “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 Fox decided that [they] did not want to do it.”
Blomkamp has said Alien 5 could be delayed, but he’s never outright said the project is cancelled. At this point I would rather trust him than Scott, who’s been doggedly determined to hold onto control of the Alien franchise. Hopefully we’ll hear some kind of explanation from him soon. I don’t want to believe this is Game Over!