Alien 5

Date Released: Unknown… (Cancelled)
Directed By:
 Neill Blomkamp
Written By: Neill Blomkamp
Certificate:
Unknown…
Tagline:
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Length:
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Starring:
Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn (Rumoured)
Budget:
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An untitled Alien sequel, commonly referred to by fans as Alien 5, was a rumoured film that was going to be made by director Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp posted some concept art for the movie in early 2015 and Fox greenlit the project. By the end of the year, Blomkamp stated the project had been put on hold because of Alien Covenant. In April 2017, Ridley Scott stated the film was never going to happen and that Fox decided against doing it.

Neill Blomkamp Reveals Alien 5

In January 2015, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) revealed some Alien 5 concept art he had produced during post-production on his other film, Chappie. They feature Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as Hicks whose face has been badly burnt by acid. We also see a Queen, a copy of the Derelict Spacecraft, Weyland Yutani Headquarters. There’s one of Ripley talking to a mysterious figure who looks like he’s eggmorphing and another of her transforming or wearing a Space Jockey/xenomorph mask.

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In February 2015, Blomkamp said he had spoken to Sigourney Weaver about the project but hadn’t officially spoken to 20th Century Fox about it. On the 18th of February 2015, it was revealed that the project had been greenlit by Fox and it was going to be directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Ridley Scott. Sigourney Weaver is going to reprise her role as Ripley. In October 2015, Blomkamp revealed a new improved Pulse Rifle that presumably will be in the new Alien film.

Alien 5 On Hold Pending Alien Covenant

Neill Blomkamp announced in October 2015 that his Alien sequel is on hold “pending Prometheus 2“.

A few months later, actor Michael Biehn said they were planning on bringing the characters of Hicks and a 27 year old Newt back with Newt played by a much younger actress. In April 2016, Sigourney Weaver said that Ridley Scott had told Neill Blomkamp not to make Alien 5 until after Alien Covenant had been released. A few days later, Neill Blomkamp posted some concept art of Newt which was clearly based around Carrie Henn’s current appearance.

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Carrie Henn as Newt?

In January 2017, Blomkamp stated on Twitter again that the chances of his Alien sequel being made were “slim”.

Ridley Scott: “There was never any script.”

In April 2017, Ridley Scott put the final nail in the coffin for the project. In an interview with French outlet, Allocine, he stated there was never any script in place for Blomkamp’s Alien 5 – just an idea that evolved from a pitch. Ridley Scott had to be involved as a producer but 20th Century Fox decided not to press ahead with the project.

“Ridley Scott, who was in Paris for the promotion of the new opus of the saga, was even more definitive in our microphone: “I think it will never see the light,” he replied after explaining that the project was far less advanced than previously thought. “There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because the Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.” (Translated from French)

This does contradict previous reports about the script. At the Aliens 30th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con in July 2016, both James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver said Blomkamp’s Alien script is “innovative, amazing and performs fan service“. There also had been other reports that a script was in place and the project was ready to go.

Retconning Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection

The big debate at the moment, judging by the concept art, is that Alien 5 is going to retcon Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and create a whole new continuity after James Cameron’s Aliens movie. Blomkamp said that the film will not feature Ripley 8 from Alien Resurrection and has stated that the film will be connected to Alien and Aliens but he “is not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection“.

Alien 5 History

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Ridley Scott for Alien 5?

Alien 5 has been rumoured for many years by Sigourney Weaver, Ridley Scott, James Cameron and various 20th Century Fox producers. After Alien Resurrection was released, 20th Century Fox reportedly asked Jean-Pierre Jeunet to direct Alien 5 but he declined. Aliens director James Cameron revealed in February 2008 that in the early 2000’s he had agreed with 20th Century Fox to write and produce Alien 5 and Ridley Scott would direct it.  He was working on a story with another writer but much to Cameron’s dismay, 20th Century Fox told him that they were going to do Alien vs Predator instead so he ceased work on the project.

“Yeah. Ridley and I talked about doing another ALIEN film and I said to 20th Century Fox that I would develop a 5th ALIEN film. I started working on a story, I was working with another writer and Fox came back to me and said, “We’ve got this really good script for ALIEN VS PREDATOR and I got pretty upset. I said, “You do that you’re going to kill the validity of the franchise in my mind.” Because to me, that was FRANKENSTEIN MEETS WEREWOLF. It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other.”James Cameron

Tom Woodruff and Alex Gillis, who worked on the creature effects in the Alien and AvP series, also said they pitched an idea to 20th Century Fox to do Alien 5.

Sigourney Weaver has spoken about the possibility of Alien 5 many times since Alien Resurrection was released. Weaver has flip-flopped many times over whether or not she would do it but most recently, she said she still wants to finish Ripley’s story in Alien 5.

“I feel after going to a couple of these Comic Cons and meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley — that there’s more story to tell; but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t think Alien belongs on Earth popping out of a haystack, which is where I was afraid it was going to go. I feel it should take place in the far reaches of the universe where no one in their right mind would go. There are very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to. But I can think of a couple…

I feel there’s a longing in certain groups of fans when I meet them for the story to be finished because we really left it up in the air and I feel a bit badly about that because I was part of that decision making process. I didn’t want to make four and five in a bundle. I think it’s hard to make these films all in a big lump. You need time to sort of let things resonate so I can imagine a situation where we could at least finish telling her story. I think that would be very satisfying at least to me — although I haven’t done anything about it; but I can understand why that could happen and I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens.”Sigourney Weaver

Previous Alien 5 Storylines

Soon after Alien Resurrection was released, producer Tom Rothman said Joss Whedon was going to write the script for Alien 5 with the project tentatively called “Alien Revelation”. Sigourney Weaver revealed in February 2009 that she didn’t like Whedon’s script because it took place on Earth. 20th Century Fox also reportedly rejected Whedon’s script because it changed Ripley’s character too much. Weaver has said in many interviews that she wants Alien 5 to go back to the original alien planet and see where the creatures came from. She wants Ripley to go back and kill them all once and for all. There’s also the possibility of going to the Space Jockey’s homeworld but this could conflict too much with the Prometheus series. Another idea is heading back to LV-426 as the explosion at the end of Aliens may not have destroyed the derelict spacecraft.

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News Archive

Neill Blomkamp Talks The (De) Evolution of Alien 3.2 ()
Colossal Director Nacho Vigalondo Interested in Directing Alien Sequel ()
Neill Blomkamp: “I think [Alien 5] is totally dead” ()
Ridley Scott Thinks Alien 5 Is Not Happening ()
The “Slim” Chances of Blomkamp’s Alien 5 – AvPGalaxy Podcast #46 ()

You can full the full news archive for Alien 5 here.

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Comments: 39
  1. Alien convenant, with David transfering himself to walter with knife was a disaster. The colonist where do they fit in? Fox should fire Ridley; then, produce Alien 5 to end the series. These prequel movies answer no questions, but make other questions. It is karma for trashing Neil’s idea for Alien 5. Now we have a director, Ridley Scott, about to be fired by Fox. The studio would be crazy to finance another film. This franchise dead because an arrogant director, who that got lucky with Martian movie, conned fox into this stupid prequel tentpole. Those executives should be fired along with Ridley and his son.


  2. I heard that Ridley Scott said that he may do an Alien sequel called “Alien: Awakening.” I hope it would be the fifth installment :/ ?


  3. I…..don’t think Alien 5 is going to happen, you guys… PLEASE BRING BACK THE FIFTH INSTALLMENT!!!!!


  4. I have been a fan when the first movie came out ok an i wish that the one calld num 5 gets out ok i want it to come out in a movie hous e in my city or the internet or tv i hope its good like if riply gets rid of all the eggs an the adults so thay can not have the new on es dont last to make new ones


  5. No way, No how, I hope this movie dies and never sees the light of day. Another 2 1/2 movie reducing the xenon to cannon fodder to pacify the whiney fanboys


  6. If Alien: Covenant will be released in May 19, 2017 (instead on August 4, 2017) Why can they release Alien 5 on August?!?! What the hell!!!


  7. I really think that Alien 5 should have happened before this Promethius sequel, no offense to the original Promethius, but how do you go from Xenomorph Eggs to a black substance being the point of infection as well as creation. Sigourney Weaver is the Alien Queen and thus should be treated as so moving on to wrapping up her struggles over time with the creature that has caused so much pain for her over a duration of 4 films. I mean she was there when the Nostromo was destroyed, survived with Hicks and Newt LV-426, then lost them both while being stranded on a prison planet at the same time, then she was manufactured out of a cloning set-up in Alien: Resurrection. The trailer to Alien: Covenant looks great, but finish the starting formula which laid the groundwork for Promethius to begin with, without Alien, there would be no Promethius or sequels.


  8. Hand it foreward, please ;-)
    Newt has to connect between the generations.
    And Newt is best to be played by Jennifer Lawrence.
    That’s it.


  9. Alien 3, Alien 4 and all AvP films, bloody horrible films, really badly written, just bad films overall. I personally don’t count them into the canon Alien universe. We should focus on Ridley’s forthcoming prequels and Bloomkamp’s Alien sequel.


  10. i think they need to make a survivor movie all the people from all the movies that encountered the predator and survived that would be good i think


  11. Also there’s more queens in AVP like the orginal aliens every hive has a queen seen in AVP 3 the game aswell when one dies and another becomes one.


  12. Hold on didnt the queen get screwed in avp???? When they saw queen go bye bye at end in the big frosty lake you get what i mean tied to the water tank…….?


  13. yes i am a big alien fan because i play the arcade games to battle those vicious creature but i can wait for ALIEN 5 is part of the trilogy since alien resurrection im glad ellen ripley is alive and back for more of this alien saga that why the alien sagas lives forever i know they are gonna do both alien 5 and alien 6 i wonder will winona ryder and ian holm plus lance return as the androids of the series i think i will call ALIEN REVEALATION and alien 6 ridley scott please continue make more alien like a tv series call aliens the ripley chronicles a new series will debut on syfy please mr.scott i need a aliens tv series thank you


  14. i like they will make another two aliens movies especially alien 6 if the alien series could it be the final chapter


  15. I’ve got it! change the ending of alien 3 instead of Ripley dying she lives how! bring Amanda Ripley in,After events in alien isolation 2 Amanda and her future husband in cryo sleep for many years just like Ellen Ripley but is found by either predators (unlikely) a salvage team that send her to earth or Weyland Yutani knew what happened to her but did not rescue her due to evidence (events in alien isolation 2) or they had retrieved her but kept her captive in her cryo tube. Probably thinking what about the photo carter showed Ripley we all know how Weyland Yutani is, they are selfish lyres so that is how Ripley does not know. Weyland brings Amanda with her to Florina 161 Ripley on seeing her daughter and seeing her key she gave her many years ago agrees to them to take out the alien and she survives.After the event of ACM Hicks reunites with Ripley (or Ripleys!) and them and the colonial marines head to find the alien queen which is held at a planet ( after the events ACM the marines and Weyland Yutani go at war with each other) that way everything makes sense without any reboot and ties up the franchise nicely ( also i would LOVE to be part of alien 5!)


  16. The films of ” Neill Blomkamp” are all very brightly lit , out doors and even scenes indoors ( I hope Sharlto Copley will reconsider ) . The whole excitement of ” Alien 5 ” will be seeing way before ” Prometheus 2 .


  17. I kind of wish they’d make Alien 5 something to do with the Xenomorph Home Planet and add a lot of different species of Xenomorph including the red colored ones. It just seems more interesting to me, that’s all.


  18. Please come back to alien 5 so we would love to see her at our last chance… Also if not.. I am expect Amanda ripley :-) lol hehe


  19. What the fuck has it got to do with WEAVER she crippled the franchise with her demands in the third film and doesn’t have right to ask for her characters story to have closure she got that in number 3 .
    I love the franchise but Weaver asked to be killed off in 3 in fact she would only play Ripley if she died at the end and also had far to much input in that film demanding that Hicks and Newt were axed .

    If I wrote the next film Ripley(NUMBER 8) would of been captured by a company maybe the last remnants of Wey Yu tortured and experimented on as they tried to retract the xeno DNA from her.
    The trauma of this would then trigger her body to mutate causing her to start laying eggs in a kind of reversal of what happened to the Alien queen’s reproductive cycle in resurrection.(the queens gift to her)
    This would be a small footnote shown via a recording from the facilities security footage as the facility would have to be destroyed to contain a potential outbreak. (a bit like what happens in Steve Perrys earth hive)
    The real Ripley died in 3 end of story for her character in my book.
    The Alien/s are the star of the story and always have been number 5 needs to start fresh !
    If Prometheus is Alien cannon why not have a rescue team go looking for the Weyland’s expedition only to succumb to the Deacon leaving the ship dead drifting in space for some others unlucky chaps to find.
    Maybe have a descendent of the yutani’s orchestrate it so a unknowing crew sets out to investigate the remains of the dead vessel resurrecting the company element in a kind of throw back to the first films betrayal ( I hated it when they said WEY YU was gone in the fourth they were such an important element in the previous films)
    Anyway sorry about the rant just came on to find out some info about the new Alien Isolation game then saw Alien 5 tab got exited then disappointed lol! I do hope they do something soon any way and not Prometheus 2 or AVP that soiled both franchises IMO !


  20. Ok just look to the darkhorse comics for “revelation”‘ in the Alien universe i really like the idea for the new game as Ripley s daughter comes looking for her but that would conflict with the aliens suggestion that she died of old age while Ripley was in cryogenic stasis. ..maybe her grandkids? Or just more space marines looking to kick some ass! Aliens was my fav of the series! They should expand on that!


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