More than a month after Ridley Scott signaled that Neill Blomkamp's much-teased Alien 5 will never see the light of day, the District 9 director has placed the final nail in its coffin, declaring his planned film "totally dead."
“That would be an accurate assumption at this point," Blomkamp told The Verge. "It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.”
The filmmaker first teased plans for the Alien sequel in 2015, quickly drawing the interest of fans, 20th Century Fox and franchise veterans Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn. However, the project was placed on hold months later because of what would eventually becoming Scott's Alien: Covenant. It soon became clear that status had become something more permanent, with Scott contending in April that Alien 5 had never developed beyond a 10-page pitch.
"Ridley was one of my idols growing up," Blomkamp elaborated to The Verge. "He's so talented and he's made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. 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."
Now in theaters, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.