In addition to not being received well by fans, Alien: Covenant – and its director Ridley Scott – are essentially responsible for Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 movie never being made. In an interview with Scott, he said, “I think [Blomkamp’s film] will never see the light… 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 [20th Century] Fox decided that [they] did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant.”
Blomkamp corroborated this story in an interview, where he said, “I think it’s totally dead, yes…I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.” However, a lot could change because a lot already has changed – Disney bought 20th Century Fox; the Alien: Covenant follow-up was canceled, and Blomkamp’s recent string of short films (From Oat Studios) has helped repair his reputation a bit after the back-to-back disappointments of Elysium and Chappie.
Now, in the wake of all this change, Blomkamp has posted some concept art from Alien 5 on his Instagram page, including an image of a Xenomorph and a couple of character concepts. According to one of Blomkamp’s tweets, the artwork that was posted is just a sample of “volume of art created for this never to be made aliens [sic] sequel.” With that in mind, there’s a chance that Ridley Scott wasn’t being totally honest about there only being a 10-page outline for Blomkamp’s film. Either that, or the film continued on in the development stage without Scott’s oversight or knowledge. It’s unclear for now, but if there really is that much concept art, there are sure to be more than ten pages written.
The movie industry, in general, is changing a lot as well, and fans have a lot more say in which movies get made and, more importantly, how they get made. The petitions and Kickstarters have done a lot in the way of letting studios know that, if they want to continue being successful, they have to listen to their audience. Recent franchises like the DCEU have refused to do so, and that disconnect with the audience is ultimately hurting the films. The same thing happened with Ridley Scott steamrolling the Alien franchise and not letting another director take a crack at it.
Just going through the volume of art created for this never to be made aliens sequel. From environments to characters to set design, we did a lot. Mostly over 2015. pic.twitter.com/nkfwHu3OF7
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) December 27, 2017
But now that the Covenant sequel is dead, and most Alien fans continue to be interested in Blomkamp’s film, this project may have a fighting chance. For now, we’ll have to make do with what we get, like the occasional page of script or samples of concept art.
Images: 20th Century Fox