Blomkamp Admits Scott’s Alien Film Has Put His Alien Film On Hold


So now it’s official, from the horse’s mouth. Or the horse’s Twitter feed, at least. After months of speculation District 9 and Chappie director Neil Blomkamp has admitted that his planned Alien film, which would feature the return of Ellen Ripley, has been put on hold at 20th Century Fox by Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost.

Blomkamp obviously didn’t get the message about the Scott film’s name change, but that notwithstanding, this confirmation casts doubt on whether Blomkamp’s Alien project will ever see the light of day. After all, Scott has been talking about maybe four or five films in his Alien series until he brings the story full circle to the original 1979 film.

If that’s the case surely Fox would prioritise those over any other Alien project that might muddy the marketing waters. So if Scott makes three more Alien films at a pace of one ever two years, with Paradise Lost scheduled for a December 2017 release, the final one would be out in 2021, by which time Sigourney Weaver would be in her early 70s. Still, Harrison Ford is currently 73, and still playing the action hero. Blomkamp has indicated in interviews that Ripley is a major part of the story, but you just wonder if Weaver herself will still be as enthusiastic at that point.

Alien: Paradise Lost begins production in Australia early 2016.


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