Deep breath time guys. For those of you holding out hope that Alien 5 – the official sequel to the main Alien series of movies – would ever see the light of day, your dreams have all but been dashed. Ridley Scott has confirmed that the long-muted but never quite alive project has been shuttered by executives at FOX.
In an interview with Allocine (translation via AVP Galaxy), Scott was asked about the possibility of Alien 5 still coming to cinemas. He told the outlet that he thinks the project “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.”
It’s a real blow for fans of the series, who had been hoping that the movies could get back around to the main line of movies. Right now the series is fixated on the Prometheus line of flicks, which are fine. But they don’t really deliver the kind of highs that the series enjoyed back in it early days.
The film was being developed by Neill Blomkamp as a side project. Reports suggested that FOX were keen on expanding their Alien movies – and bringing in the original cast would have assisted in this. In October 2015 though – Blomkamp, whose directorial credits include District 9, Chappie and Elysium, announced the film was put on hold while he moved on to other projects. Sigourney Weaver even talked about the project, saying she was keen to dive back in if the chance arose.
Scott also confirmed that he has plans for four more Alien movies – with his latest work set to land in movie theaters on May 19th.