‘Alien 5’: Where Does the Project Stand Now?

Alien cast at Comic-Con 2016 | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

Alien cast at Comic-Con 2016 | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

After lots of stops and starts, Alien 5 may finally be moving forward. Though the project was temporarily delayed after Ridley Scott turned his attention to the Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant, the original Aliens star, Michael Biehn, recently suggested that the movie is still in the works.

As fans know, rumors of a new Alien sequel have long been circulating and for a while, it seemed the project was moving full steam ahead. Director Neill Blomkamp began sharing unofficial concept art on social media, depicting ideas he had for a new entry in the franchise, while Sigourney Weaver was on board to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. But things came to a halt when Scott reportedly insisted that Alien: Covenant should be made first. So with Alien: Covenant having wrapped filming in July, where does Alien 5 stand now?

Ahead of Comic-Con’s Aliens 30th anniversary panel, Biehn opened up about the status of the project, seemingly confirming that the film will still happen — at some point. “It looked like it was all go and then Ridley Scott decided that he was going to do a second and third film in the Prometheus series, but Sigourney says they are still doing their project,” he told Forbes. “I think it would be very embarrassing to Fox if they don’t give Sigourney the movie that she really wants to go out on.”

Though Biehn says he still doesn’t know exactly when the film will start production, he did confirm his involvement and also gave some insight on the return of Newt.

“I don’t know when it’s going to happen but I know it’s going to happen and I know I’m going to be in it,” he said of the movie, also adding, “There’s going to be a new Newt, she’s going to be about 26 or 27 and looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence to me but I don’t know.”

Biehn isn’t the only Alien cast member to recently suggest that a fifth installment of the franchise is happening. His comments come shortly after Weaver not only seemingly confirmed the project (and its cause for delay), but also revealed that Alien 5 would likely ignore the events of the third and fourth sequel and instead pick up after the events of the second movie.

Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now,” Weaver told Entertainment Weekly. She also revealed that the film “follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens and would give Ripley a satisfying ending.

Sigourney Weaver in Aliens | Fox

Sigourney Weaver in Aliens | Fox

“It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it,” she said.

While it’s clear Blomkamp and several of the key cast members are committed to making the movie, it may still be a while before fans get to see it on the big screen. As Weaver explained to Entertainment Weekly, both she and the director have since become busy with other projects — including “a couple of Avatars” for her and The Gone World for Blomkamp. Still, the actress remains hopeful that they can start work on Alien 5 soon after following the completion of their other films. “I hope it won’t be a few [years]. I hope it’ll be a couple,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “But we’ll see.”

Despite the cast’s enthusiasm, director Neill Blomkamp’s recent response to a fan’s query about the project’s chances sounded less than positive. Asked to describe the chances of the film being made, Blomkamp replied “slim.”

Fans will have to stay tuned for more updates on the long-awaited project.

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