The Alien:Covenant Sequel Is No More. Give The Xenomorph To Blomkamp!
For those of you that had concerns about Ridley Scott's sequel to Alien: Covenant, let this news wash over you and feel those worries melt away.
According to someone who claims to have worked on Alien: Covenant, who also posts on the Blu-Ray.com forums under HumanMedia, the sequel to Covenant was set to go into pre-production in September 2017, but has since been shitcanned due to the underwhelming performance at the box office of Covenant. I'm sure the largely negative critic and fan response played a part as well.
Intriguing, I know and now that Ridley Scott isn't going to be proceeding with his plans for the franchise, another director has thrown his hat in the ring to take over. Well, he threw his hat BACK into the ring as Neill Blomkamp is trying get folks excited about his cancelled Alien 5 again. Yes, it's the very film that was previously shelved in favor of Scott's Covenant movies.
On Instagram, the director has posted some really badass concept art from Alien 5 and I'm all the more curious about the movie.
For those unfamiliar, Alien 5 was to be a throwback of sorts to the best films of the franchise, Alien and Aliens, and it would've retconned the deaths of Newt and Hicks from Alien 3. Plus, in Alien 5 we'd have seen the return of both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn as Ripley and Hicks. Newt would be an adult now and presumably would be played by a known star. Like me, you're all wondering, "What the fuck are they waiting on? Get this thing into production already." and you'd be right to think that. This film sounds like the Alien sequel we've been waiting over 30 years for, the only issue is that the fate of the Xenomorphs now rests in Disney's hands.
Courtesy of the Fox buyout, The House of Mouse now owns Alien and Predator and while their fates are as of yet to be determined, I think there's a chance that both of the franchises will continue. Let's hope that Neill Blomkamp will do for Alien, that Shane Black has done in Predator looks to be doing again in 2018's The Predator.