Neill Blomkamp has done a fairly frank interview with The Guardian while promoting his latest film, Demonic. Blomkamp’s last film was 2015’s Chappie which performed okay at the box office but received generally negative reviews. The director was asked about his cancelled Alien sequel and suggests that Ridley Scott saw Chappie and realised that his Alien film wasn’t a project worth pursuing: “It’s possible that Ridley watched Chappie and he was like, this guy can’t do Alien so let’s just go ahead and move on,”
His Alien film was going to retcon Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and bring back both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn in the roles of Ripley and Hicks. Blomkamp goes onto mention feeling sorry for Sigourney Weaver who really liked what he had done.
“I also felt bad for Sigourney because she was really into what I had brought forward… I felt like [for] audiences who loved Aliens, there was an opportunity to do one more film with Sigourney in a way that may have satiated what people were looking for and what I think I was looking for…. What doesn’t make sense is that I feel like it’s what the audience wanted so it’s strange because Fox would never really turn down money.”
Blomkamp does sound a little upset about how the project ended, having worked on it for two years, only for it to be abandoned. He hasn’t spoken to Ridley Scott since then and refuses to get involved in another studio’s intellectual property, having also had problems trying to get Halo off the ground too.
“Not after, no no no, there’s no coming back from that… I’m not gonna work on a film for two years and have the rug pulled out from underneath me and then go hang out and have beers. It’s exactly why I don’t want to do IP based on other people’s stuff ever again… I’m sure they will make many films with that piece of IP, it just doesn’t include me.”
Blomkamp also appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and said a similar thing about Chappie. Blomkamp ‘announced’ his Alien project in early 2015, posting concept art on his Instagram account. Ridley Scott was taking a wait and see approach and wanted to get Alien Covenant done first. Cut to 2017, the project was long dead with 20th Century Fox no longer pursuing it. A huge amount of Alien 5 concept art has come out over the years though, showing what could have been.