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Sigourney Weaver Updates Us On Blomkamp’s Alien 5!

Sigourney Weaver updates on Blomkamp’s Alien 5! Speaking at an event hosted by virtualization software developer, VMware, Sigourney Weaver talked about her various movie roles and when asked about the state of Neill Blomkamp’s on-hold Alien 5 provided the following update:

“Well, I *think* it is.  Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2.  He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first.  But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it.  We’re doing other things until we can get going on that.  I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together.  So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”

The comments come via Aggressive Comix who also mentioned that “the audience reacted strongly” to the news. It is great to hear Sigourney’s enthusiasm for the script. Back in September of 2015, Ridley Scott also commented on Blomkamp’s script saying “we just have the first [screenplay] draft in so far but it looks pretty good.”

Sigourney Weaver Updates on Blomkamp's Alien 5 at VMware event. Photograph taken by Eric L Nielsen. Sigourney Weaver Updates Us On Blomkamp's Alien 5!

Sigourney Weaver Updates on Blomkamp’s Alien 5 at VMware event. Photograph taken by Eric L Nielsen.

The last we heard of Blomkamp’s Alien sequel, it was on hold whilst Sir Ridley Scott worked on the Prometheus sequel, now titled Alien: Covenant. When speaking about Alien 5 previously, Ridley Scott had stated the intent to release Alien: Covenant first and then start work on Blomkamp’s sequel: “I’m producing it… The design is for it to go out next, after this. This will go out first. It’s more associated with Ripley, it’s a completely different angle, it’s more of a sequel. I’m coming in from the back end.”

Bloody Disgusting, who first broke the news of the possibility of the postponement of Alien 5, also reported that Alien 5 would likely be filming in 2017 for a 2018 release: “If all goes well, Blomkamp will likely shoot Alien 5 sometime in 2017, ahead of a release the following year. So that gives fans a one-two punch of Scott’s Prometheus 2 in 2017 and Blomkamp’s own Alien film in 2018.”

Thanks to Stolen for the news.



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  1. Perfect-Organism
    That's because there was so much media silence for a long time on the subject.  Distance makes the heart grow fond.

    It's the same technique Axl Rose used for Guns N Roses.  At the height of their fame, he just closed the doors.  With time, the fans went bananas asking for more.

    It takes balls to step back from the limelight sometimes, and the results can be spectacular.  The fact that everybody stopped talking about Alien V for a few months, did the film a lot of good.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    If FOX was wise, they would venture into more animation and short films in both the Alien and Predator universe. The events of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 should be used as reference points to where the new stories would take place timeline wise, but I find we need move away from Ripley.

    Would using other characters during similar time periods disrespect the story of Ripley? Absolutely not. That was her story. Time for other tales to be told.

    Completely agree. I've been hoping for an animated Alien or Predator film for a long time now. I think there's some real scope and exploration to be had in it.

    She is holding the series back.  Last time I looked this series was called:

    A  L  I  E  N

    and not:

    E  L  L  E  N


    That's a problem I have as well. There does seem to be too much of an over-reliance on Ripley.

    That said, I'm still hopeful for Alien 3.2. I'm very curious to see what they do with it.

  3. CainsSon
    The game at this point is to EXPAND the Universe and Cross-pollinate like MARVEL.

    Everyone complains about RIPLEY's inclusion because they want an Alien story that goes elsewhere, but we HAVE THAT. We have confirmation of 3 more movies of that. So why be excited about this then? I think its because we all know Ripley just adds something to the series and that's why Blomkamp's film is exciting.

    I also hope they fix the A3 and AR mess, by making the Ripley in 3 or THIS ONE a clone as well.

    Like it opens with some shady Company people who have been covering shit up all along, boarding the SULACO after Aliens but she has already been facehugged, so they clone her, and keep the real Ripley in stasis, rather than risk losing the Queen inside her. Only something goes wrong and that causes the fire? Or maybe the military boards, and demands answers so the shady types start some shit and start the fire so the military stops asking questions and they have their specimens.

    I dunno. It's forced as all hell but so is the beginning of A3 so they could potentially fix that.

    At the end of the day, FOX wants it all to connect. Alien, Predator, AVP and the Mythology of Prometheus. Maybe even Avatar (god help us).

    If I understand correctly, the work on W-Y Report was basically wrapped up by the time Blomkamp's news came out.  So if Blomkamp's film will happen, then W-Y Report will become either obsolete, or it will reflect an alternate timeline.  I suspect that even if Blomkamp's film doesn't come out Alien Covenant and other Ridley Scott films would collide with W-Y Report.  My best recommendation is to treat W-Y Report as the pinnacle of the Alien universe's current continuity.  Even if A3 and AR are retconned, this will be a classic book about those films.

    I didnt pick that one up yet. What does it say regarding this stuff that has everyone so convinced?
    As much as I love that stuff - especially books and novels... I always advise against taking anything outside of the films as holding much weight. Even games like ISOLATION - Id say there's always the prospect of those becoming films one day, and you can bet if that were to happen, they would change a lot of things to make the story new.

    I have the pleasure of seeing Sigourney Weaver present ALIENS, in NYC, this Tuesday, for 4/26.
    Im guessing this will come up and I will be sure to update everyone if she says anything interesting or new.
  4. Perfect-Organism
    The game at this point is to EXPAND the Universe and Cross-pollinate like MARVEL.

    Everyone complains about RIPLEY's inclusion because they want an Alien story that goes elsewhere, but we HAVE THAT. We have confirmation of 3 more movies of that. So why be excited about this then? I think its because we all know Ripley just adds something to the series and that's why Blomkamp's film is exciting.

    I also hope they fix the A3 and AR mess, by making the Ripley in 3 or THIS ONE a clone as well.

    Like it opens with some shady Company people who have been covering shit up all along, boarding the SULACO after Aliens but she has already been facehugged, so they clone her, and keep the real Ripley in stasis, rather than risk losing the Queen inside her. Only something goes wrong and that causes the fire? Or maybe the military boards, and demands answers so the shady types start some shit and start the fire so the military stops asking questions and they have their specimens.

    I dunno. It's forced as all hell but so is the beginning of A3 so they could potentially fix that.

    At the end of the day, FOX wants it all to connect. Alien, Predator, AVP and the Mythology of Prometheus. Maybe even Avatar (god help us).

    If I understand correctly, the work on W-Y Report was basically wrapped up by the time Blomkamp's news came out.  So if Blomkamp's film will happen, then W-Y Report will become either obsolete, or it will reflect an alternate timeline.  I suspect that even if Blomkamp's film doesn't come out Alien Covenant and other Ridley Scott films would collide with W-Y Report.  My best recommendation is to treat W-Y Report as the pinnacle of the Alien universe's current continuity.  Even if A3 and AR are retconned, this will be a classic book about those films.
  5. The Eighth Passenger
    All this stuff has inspired me to try and submit my own fanfiction to Fox, they might actually like it and it could get green lit. You never know! If a fan can do it, why can't the other fans? You lot should give it a shot. You never know... you might just be the next director of Alien VI.

    Totally, go for it. Just make sure you have written and directed at least three successful, full-length feature films and received a few Oscar noms for one of them.






  6. CainsSon
    The game at this point is to EXPAND the Universe and Cross-pollinate like MARVEL.

    Everyone complains about RIPLEY's inclusion because they want an Alien story that goes elsewhere, but we HAVE THAT. We have confirmation of 3 more movies of that. So why be excited about this then? I think its because we all know Ripley just adds something to the series and that's why Blomkamp's film is exciting.

    I also hope they fix the A3 and AR mess, by making the Ripley in 3 or THIS ONE a clone as well.

    Like it opens with some shady Company people who have been covering shit up all along, boarding the SULACO after Aliens but she has already been facehugged, so they clone her, and keep the real Ripley in stasis, rather than risk losing the Queen inside her. Only something goes wrong and that causes the fire? Or maybe the military boards, and demands answers so the shady types start some shit and start the fire so the military stops asking questions and they have their specimens.

    I dunno. It's forced as all hell but so is the beginning of A3 so they could potentially fix that.

    At the end of the day, FOX wants it all to connect. Alien, Predator, AVP and the Mythology of Prometheus. Maybe even Avatar (god help us).
  7. Alienon
     If only Alien 3 didn't have the 3 in the title... <<<

    If you look at the logo alien 3, you can see that 3 - is not a number, but degree. So, that's all right - we still don't have the third part of alien saga. xD
  8. The Alien Predator
    Looks like this news got a lot of traction

    http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Alien-5-Worth-Wait-According-Sigourney-Weaver-126577.html

    "According to Sigourney Weaver".

    Sorry, but we the audience, will be the judges of that if it actually comes out if it was worth it. Since we're the ones paying to go see this.

    All this stuff has inspired me to try and submit my own fanfiction to Fox, they might actually like it and it could get green lit. You never know! If a fan can do it, why can't the other fans? You lot should give it a shot. You never know... you might just be the next director of Alien VI.
  9. LordCassusSnow
    If you really want to watch ELLEN, she's got a show on television ;)

    Also, why give us the Weyland Yutani Report, which further legitimises 3 and Resurrection, if Alienkamp is supposed to wipe those movies away? Especially since it was announced, after Alienkamp was announced, that there were no plans for a mainstream version, then Alienkamp goes on indefinite hold, and we get a mainstream version anyway? Nah, i think sigy's in a state of denial at this point. By the way, how would you guys line up your Alien movies, including Prometheus, once Covenant is set to own? I'm having trouble figuring that out myself. If only Alien 3 didn't have the 3 in the title...
  10. The Eighth Passenger
    I can't recall if this came up before or not but at London Film and Comic Con, Carrie Henn told Ross Poulter, one of the admins at the WY Bulletin, that she would be in Alien 5.

    Quote
    Carrie Henn told Ross, that she would appear in the film via a video call that Ripley makes. She wouldn't be fully in the film.

    Hold on a second, wasn't this film supposed to be a "passing of the torch" to Newt? And wouldn't Newt by necessity have been recast for a professional actress to play? Or was it just Michael Biehn's speculations?
  11. Mr. Clemens
    They might as well just go whole hog and retcon in the crew of the Nostromo, Jones, and all of the colonial marines. The whole movie can be a two hour love-fest, with all of our beloved heroes marching across the landscape and gleefully shooting down aliens like bowling pins.

    No, the vast majority of people love those films. They were iconic.

    That was all sarcasm, indicating my displeasure at the ridiculous fan-service that is the Alien3 retcon.
  12. Perfect-Organism
    She is holding the series back.  Last time I looked this series was called:

    A  L  I  E  N

    and not:

    E  L  L  E  N

    -Windebieste.
    I would love to watch E L L E N. Even sounds like Alien. EL-LE-N

    OMG!  E L L E N is a brilliant idea!  Especially if you do it in the Alien or Aliens font, that could really work well.  There was a thread which focused on possible titles for Blomkamp's film.  Windebieste would you mind if I posted your suggestion in there?  Full credit to you of course, but I want to put together the graphic look.  The idea is spot on.
  13. Mr. Clemens
    They might as well just go whole hog and retcon in the crew of the Nostromo, Jones, and all of the colonial marines. The whole movie can be a two hour love-fest, with all of our beloved heroes marching across the landscape and gleefully shooting down aliens like bowling pins.
  14. _kemosh_
    Meh, not really that excited for this, Blomkamp has made one good movie, and I love Alien 3...             Covenant will have two Davids and Demian Bichir, not to mention a larger canvas to work with.
  15. Adam802
    YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is SUCH great news!  This movie is what i'm personally REALLY exited for, way more than Alien: Covenant. SO happy to hear that it looks like this movie is definitely being made for sure! I'm willing to wait! I was very bummed out when I heard it might not be made pending 'Prometheus 2'.  This is awesome! 
  16. xenomorpher
    I think she's holding the series back and they need to move away from her big time. The series isn't called Ripley after all. Briggs's AvP, a second draft or something, I think would be miles better and is what we should have got, but that will never happen. Blomkamp recycles the same ideas in all his movies and District 9 was the only movie I liked. I don't think he should be involved and will probably hurt the series even more.
  17. The Alien Predator
    If FOX was wise, they would venture into more animation and short films in both the Alien and Predator universe. The events of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 should be used as reference points to where the new stories would take place timeline wise, but I find we need move away from Ripley.

    Would using other characters during similar time periods disrespect the story of Ripley? Absolutely not. That was her story. Time for other tales to be told.

    ^ This.

    It's a rich world filled with all manner of characters just waiting to have close encounters. Why limit to one whose story was finished in Alien 3?
  18. PRJ_since1990
    If FOX was wise, they would venture into more animation and short films in both the Alien and Predator universe. The events of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 should be used as reference points to where the new stories would take place timeline wise, but I find we need move away from Ripley.

    Would using other characters during similar time periods disrespect the story of Ripley? Absolutely not. That was her story. Time for other tales to be told.
  19. robbritton
    I think it would work very well.  Basically Ripley finds 30 years of peace after the second film until the Aliens are discovered again elsewhere.  So Hicks calls her up and asks if she's still having nightmares.  Ripley, responds with, just tell me one thing Hicks, you;re going out there to destroy them, not study them, not to bring back.  Hicks replies, that's the plan you have my word on it.  I'd like to keep you handy, for close encounters.  Ripley says, alright I'm in.  Off we go.  And they go to this planet where they discover... David..

    Precisely, a Ripley who actually has a real life to lose is a new dimension on the character. 30 years of living without the constant threat of the Alien could bring all manner of new aspects of the character to the fore. Ripley is a fascinating, near unique character and Weaver is a wonderful actress when she's fully engaged, why shouldn't she get another swing at it? Also, what is it with the 21st century worrying that actors are too old? Would they sooner Quint have been a thirty year old in Jaws? Age does not automatically equal obsolescence. Not everyone in the Alien universe need be judged by standards of military physique and such.
  20. Perfect-Organism
    I think it would work very well.  Basically Ripley finds 30 years of peace after the second film until the Aliens are discovered again elsewhere.  So Hicks calls her up and asks if she's still having nightmares.  Ripley, responds with, just tell me one thing Hicks, you;re going out there to destroy them, not study them, not to bring back.  Hicks replies, that's the plan you have my word on it.  I'd like to keep you handy, for close encounters.  Ripley says, alright I'm in.  Off we go.  And they go to this planet where they discover... David..
  21. bibou
    Yeah I see what you mean. But that would be dumb too (no offense). 57 years between Alien and Aliens, then 30 years between Aliens and Alien 2.5.

    The whole concept disturbs me.
  22. Alienon
    bibou<<<

    Maybe she hasn't slept all this time. She successfully returned to Earth and lived all this time.  As a result: normal old-age.
  23. bibou
    How will they justify that they are 30 years olders ?

    In Aliens, she slept for 57 years but it didn't have any consequence as she was in cryosleep. After Aliens they were in cryosleep too, so why would they age this time ?
  24. Stolen
    Why not .It would have been better 15 years ago.
    The only thing that bothers me is wanting to make a new ending for Ripley.
    The death of Ripley is perfect in the film Fincher. What despair in tone, I love it.

    And Sigourney is old, always a great actress. If it's an alternative history, we must focus exclusively on Newt.
  25. Perfect-Organism
    Maybe it will be a film that "deletes itself"?  I mean it could be done as an alternate story, while keeping the main story in tact.  So essentially it could be a "what if?" type of story that has no bearing on the original series.  Then the original series could continue.  Unless of course if Blomkamp does something so amazing that the fans want more of that, who would argue with continuing the Blomkamp tangent at that point?
  26. Stolen
    I love Sigourney, but i think she just wants to regain popularity as Arnold or Stallone. So she has every reason to be hoped that the film is happens, regardless of the quality of the script.

    I hope it doesn't delete the 3 and the 4. If this is a sequel of Resurrection, why not?
    It's interesting to see a new director deliver his vision. But honestly I'm not a fan of Blomkamp. District 9 is interesting but poorly executed. Elysium is C movie. Chappie is original and has style, but I found it horrible.

    But it's normal that project happens after Covenant. Scott is working on Prometheus 2 since much longer, and my faith, there is the creator of the franchise, so it's legitimate. No matter what you think of Prometheus.
  27. The Alien Predator
    I remember Weaver being very passionate about Resurrection too, so i'm wary. I felt her story and character should have been finished after alien3. I love Ripley and the original 3 movies are really her story as much as it is the aliens. But since alien3 I just dont understand this constant need to keep reviving her character at the expense of the universe that has been created. They could have literally done anything after 3, the world that had been created in the first three movies had a lot of room for new Alien and encounters and new characters.

    Good point. I loved Resurrection but it does seem to be almost universally hated despite having our holy precious Ripley in it.

    People tend to forget that just because a classic main character will feature doesn't automatically mean this will be a great film. Best to wait and see rather than let hype give us impossible standards.

    I still think it's pointless and there should be a new lead.

    Technically, her story DID end in A:3. A;R started a new one with her clone. If we must have Weaver back, at least continue the clone's story as I think there's lots of interesting things to explore in the late 24th century personally.
  28. 426Buddy
    I remember Weaver being very passionate about Resurrection too, so i'm wary. I felt her story and character should have been finished after alien3. I love Ripley and the original 3 movies are really her story as much as it is the aliens. But since alien3 I just dont understand this constant need to keep reviving her character at the expense of the universe that has been created. They could have literally done anything after 3, the world that had been created in the first three movies had a lot of room for new Alien and encounters and new characters.
  29. The Eighth Passenger
    I don't think a Ridley Scott movie has ever bombed financially besides Legend?

    Blade Runner, Someone to Watch Over Me, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, White Squall...

    I really do hope Covenant surprises me & blows me away. I just don't have super high hope just yet after Prometheus. The Martian was a beautifully shot movie as well but fell apart for me about the time duct tape was used to fix everything so I lost a little faith in him again from that. That being said, I still hope he proves me wrong & does something very exceptional the series desperately needs it.

    As I understand it that's an actual thing at NASA...using duct-tape to fix stuff like that. It was all in the book as well. Personally I loved The Martian. The book and the film are simply gold in my eyes. The most entertaining and refreshing sci-fi for ages.

    Indeed, the duct-tape was realistic and plausible, just don't tell him that 200 km/h winds would barely be a light breeze on Mars.  ;)
  30. XenoZipper
    Haha! Nice one on Ripley duct taping some new guns together :p
    Always wanted to check out Toronto. I'm a city guy all the way so I'd feel comfortable walking around downtown there for sure. Too many cool stores though I bet that would break my wallet fast for collecting. Vancouver was the same & got too expensive to live there. Trailer Park Boys was another show that at first I really hated but then I warmed up to it after a while & now enjoy it. Red Green on the other hand I will never warm up to unless he's wrapped in duct tape & set ablaze to keep me warm haha
  31. Perfect-Organism
    Yea me either on the Red/Green Show Perfect-Organism, I just never understood the like behind the show & just made us Canadians look like typical lumberjack type people. I'm not even an out doorsy person unless I'm going outside for a smoke haha I'd rather stay in & watch movies & shows. It's all I do really. Where about in Canada you from? I'm in British Columbia ,originally come from Vancouver but now live in a smaller town near Prince George. And yeA I can appreciate the Martian more :P I'd have to re-watch again. Only watched it the one time

    I'm a Toronto guy, but I definitely have an outdoorsy bent.  But I still just don't get the humour.  The guy is not funny.  Trailer Park Boys is similar but with a lot more edge, but it has the one thing that Red Green doesn't.  Good humour and self-awareness.  I can't imagine how much of our tax money must have gone to Red Green.  Because you know that show would not have survived on its own.

    And to bring things full circle, I can't wait to see Ripley duct taping some fresh new guns together to take out some of Ripley's bad guys!
  32. XenoZipper
    Yea me either on the Red/Green Show Perfect-Organism, I just never understood the like behind the show & just made us Canadians look like typical lumberjack type people. I'm not even an out doorsy person unless I'm going outside for a smoke haha I'd rather stay in & watch movies & shows. It's all I do really. Where about in Canada you from? I'm in British Columbia ,originally come from Vancouver but now live in a smaller town near Prince George. And yeA I can appreciate the Martian more :P I'd have to re-watch again. Only watched it the one time
  33. Perfect-Organism
    I really do hope Covenant surprises me & blows me away. I just don't have super high hope just yet after Prometheus. The Martian was a beautifully shot movie as well but fell apart for me about the time duct tape was used to fix everything so I lost a little faith in him again from that. That being said, I still hope he proves me wrong & does something very exceptional the series desperately needs it.

    As I understand it that's an actual thing at NASA...using duct-tape to fix stuff like that. It was all in the book as well. Personally I loved The Martian. The book and the film are simply gold in my eyes. The most entertaining and refreshing sci-fi for ages.
    ]


    I know what you mean about the Red Green Show.  I never got the appeal.  I think it's somebody's boondoggle.  (I'm Canadian too)

    Hope you have a new appreciation for the Martian.  Duck it!
  34. XenoZipper
    I really do hope Covenant surprises me & blows me away. I just don't have super high hope just yet after Prometheus. The Martian was a beautifully shot movie as well but fell apart for me about the time duct tape was used to fix everything so I lost a little faith in him again from that. That being said, I still hope he proves me wrong & does something very exceptional the series desperately needs it.

    As I understand it that's an actual thing at NASA...using duct-tape to fix stuff like that. It was all in the book as well. Personally I loved The Martian. The book and the film are simply gold in my eyes. The most entertaining and refreshing sci-fi for ages.

    Fair enough there. I will admit when I'm proved wrong on something if it's an actual thing and really works. I never knew that so the idea came off extremely silly to me. Like I said, I highly enjoyed the movie up to that point. The garden was probably some of my favorite stuff in the movie to see how he was doing it & the science behind it. The movie as a whole is still a beautifully shot movie. Maybe it's the Canadian in me that just gets annoyed at duct tape because it's so often related to the Red Green Show here which gets annoying fast haha I still hope for the best on Covenant though, it needs to be awesome or it could jeopardize the future of the films if there will be any if it flops which I don't want to see happen at all. This series means to much to me.
  35. T Dog
    Honestly I just want the one prequel that establishes how the Space Jockey crashed the derelict on LV-426, wonder if this multiple movie saga is really warranted. For that matter is Neill movie set to be a final instalment or is he too planing to make a multitude of sequels?

    There was a Screenrant interview where he said he would like to do two more sequels to the upcoming Alien 5.

    So once Covenant is done, there could literally be two concurrent Alien series going on.  Just like Star Wars.  That would be perfect.  (If they're any good.)
    So would Blomkamp's series have an alternative title if Ridley is straight up using Alien now? How would they differenciate the two series in marketing? 

    Alien Reborn: Part 1 - Ripley's Return.

  36. AVP-CAPCOM
    Not interested in Prometheus 2 (because that is exactly what "ALIEN" Convent is). Ridley Scott initially said we wouldn't
    - see the Xenomorph ever again. Then it was
    - We won't see the Xenomorph for another 3 movies

    Now the Xeno is returning in Prometheus 2? This is surely Fox Studios decision.

    Personally I had 100% faith in Blomkamp to do the ALIEN series justice. I jumped out of my chair when I heard we'd see M-41 Pulse Rifles, Ripley, Hicks and an ALIEN queen in a future setting.

    His work on District 9 and the production design of Elysium (give or take the latter being over-rated and derivative) I was creaming myself.

    Personally I want ALIENS 2 and AVP3 both set in the future. I'll be a happy bunny.
  37. Corporal Hicks
    I really do hope Covenant surprises me & blows me away. I just don't have super high hope just yet after Prometheus. The Martian was a beautifully shot movie as well but fell apart for me about the time duct tape was used to fix everything so I lost a little faith in him again from that. That being said, I still hope he proves me wrong & does something very exceptional the series desperately needs it.

    As I understand it that's an actual thing at NASA...using duct-tape to fix stuff like that. It was all in the book as well. Personally I loved The Martian. The book and the film are simply gold in my eyes. The most entertaining and refreshing sci-fi for ages.
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