You mean, Prometheus 2 was in development? It didn't shift gears to become Alien: Paradise Lost until after all the buzz around Blomkamp's Alien 5 started.
Are you implying that Blomkamp's Alien 5 is the reason they put the alien in Covenant?
I am. I honestly believe the buzz was responsible for that when Fox realized there was still an appetite for Aliens. I'm sure there's likely a little more to it from all the studio politicking going off but I have heard the decision to include the Alien in Covenant came down from above.
No doubt that was popular, but people were complaining about the alien not being in Prometheus since 2011.
I've been meaning to go back and read through the Prometheus response because I really don't remember that being a major issue with Prometheus.
And it's still Prometheus 2, well half of it is, the other half is Alien.
And it's when it turned into a half-arsed Alien film that it fell apart for me.
He said that Fox wasn't aware that he had written a treatment and commissioned concept art until he pitched it directly to them late in 2014 while Chappie was still in postproduction.
It appears he got neither a yeah nor a nay from Fox and proceeded to post the images on his Instagram account in the beginning of January 2015 thinking that he's not going to do it anymore. After someone asked him why Fox wasn't interested he replied with "Fox never said no".
The images however got a lot of publicity on mainstream media and general news sites. It appears that the buzz it generated was responsible for forcing Fox's hand and the film was officially greenlit by 19 February 2015.
“So I went back to Vancouver and while I was editing Chappie I started to think about what I would do with Sigourney as basically a sequel to James Cameron’s film. I spent about a year working on it with only Sigourney knowing and I hired one really awesome concept artist. We put together essentially a script and all the artwork and that’s what I went to 20th Century Fox with." - Neill Blomkamp
Hmmmm. He'd said when those concepts initially came out that Fox wasn't aware of them.
Not sure how I feel about the Ripley face mask thing, but I guess it could be something that WY would up to if they finally got their hands on the Alien. And it does feel very Giger, more than anything in Prometheus did. There is some really interesting stuff in there. I especially love the pic of the Derelict inside the facility.
So I wonder if this would have been an alternate Alien 3, or if Ripley and Hicks were just stand ins to base the new concepts off of? I'm leaning towards the latter, but you never know.
It looks like everything is set inside of some interior artificial biological habitat. Almost gives me a bit of a Halo vibe in that regard.
I know this is unlikely to ever happen, but I would love if some more images and details were released. I am beyond curious.
There was nearly a year or so of post for Chappie. They finished filming it in Feb of 14, released in Feb/March 15. They worked on the pitch/script for nearly a year so I imagine that pitch meeting was probably late 14 too. I think saying he'd pitched to them long before he released the concept art might not be quite so accurate. There's definitely some timeline we're missing here.