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Ridley Scott rules out Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 as a possibility


Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott has claimed that Neill Neill Blomkamp’s keenly anticipated Alien 5 is never going to happen.

The District 9 director got Alien fans excited in 2015 when he released concept art of a potential fifth film that would directly follow the events of James Cameron’s Aliens sequel and largely forget the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. In doing so, it would bring back Ripley, as well as fan favourites Corporal Dwayne Hicks (played by Michael Biehn) and Newt.

The project appeared to have funding, having been fast-tracked by Twentieth Century Fox in response to the enthusiastic fan response to the project.

And Blomkamp even appeared to have Sigourney Weaver on board to reprise her role as Ripley, while Biehn claimed that film-makers were ‘planning on bringing me and Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around 27-years-old’.

But speaking to AlloCiné while promoting Alien: Covenant, the second prequel in the series following Prometheus, Scott – who would have served as a producer – says he doesn’t think the project will ever see the light of day.

“There was never a script,” he said. “It was an idea that evolved from, I believe, a 10-page pitch, and I was meant to be the producer on that. And it didn’t evolve. Fox decided that they didn’t want to do it and that was it.”

When pressed on the issue further, and directly asked whether Alien 5 was ever going to happen, Scott added: “I don’t think so, no.”

Alien: Covenant opens in UK cinemas on May 12.

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