All those eager to see Neil Blomkamp’s (District 9, Chappie) vision for Alien 5 may be fresh out of luck as reports from Bloody Disgusting confirm that production on the next sequel in the franchise is being stalled due the sic-fi legend Ridley Scott. Sources inside 20th Century Fox are reportedly “hot on the [Alien 5] project” with Blomkamp sequestered to write the script but pre-production has ground to a halt because Scott insists that his pet-project Prometheus 2 is to be made first.
Early reports into Alien 5 have already indicated that Sigourney Weaver is all but confirmed for a return as the Xenomorph hunting badass Ellen Ripley, fuelling speculation that the fifth instalment is set to ignore Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1998). However 20th Century Fox and Blomkamp have apparently not reached out to all of the classic cast with Aliens (1986) star Michael Biehn telling an audience at the Sheffield Film and Comic Con that he has not been offered a role in the upcoming film nor has he even read a script.
With Scott having already announced that filming on Prometheus 2 begins in January 2016 (with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace returning) and a tentative release in 2017, production on Alien 5 would therefore not begin until well into that same year or even 2018, not taking into account a possibly scheduling conflict with Weaver’s appearance in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. So dig down deep Alien fans, this could be a long wait.