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By now we should all know that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is planning to make a fifth Alien movie. He released some concept art via Instagram earlier this year and bam! Shortly after, the sequel was officially announced. But with Prometheus 2 in the works for 2016, will the new Alien overlap with what Ridley Scott’s planning?
Blomkamp recently opened up about his endeavor in the latest issue of Empire magazine, and he promises he won’t "tread on the toes" of Prometheus 2. To keep from doing so, he had to make a change to his story.
Hmm. What could it be? Prometheus ended with Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw as the only surviving member of her crew. Left with enough fuel to leave the alien planet, she resolves to go off in search of the Engineers to learn the beginnings of creation, instead of attempting to return home. In addition, we see a deceased Engineer burst open to reveal the classic, vicious creature we’ve come to fear from the Alien franchise.
How could Alien 5 possibly overlap with the following events in such a way that Scott was forced to give his two cents? According to reports, Scott is planning to continue the story of Shaw and Michael Fassbender's David, and Blomkamp's pic is apparently set after the events of this film. Scott said recently that he’s been working to firm up the script, and that he plans to introduce a "fresher form of alien" in the third act.
Elsewhere in Empire, Blomkamp revealed that he has a title for Alien 5 that’s "quite bold," though he can’t tell us what it is because "it gives away too much." What he will reveal, though, is that if it doesn’t work out the way he’s planning, then he’s "dead in the water."
So far we know that the untitled Alien 5 will act as a sequel to Aliens, though it won’t ignore Alien 3. The concept art Blomkamp revealed on Instagram showed off new looks for Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Hicks, in addition to some cool ship designs. Weaver told us during the Chappie press junket that the director approached her with all his designs and ideas while on the set of this film. At its NYC premiere, she teased that Alien 5 will "break new grounds." To give you an idea of what’s coming, check out this badass updated Ripley.
If there’s one thing Neill Blomkamp’s great at, it’s world building. However, his latest film was largely bashed by critics and is, arguably, his weakest effort yet. He is a self-proclaimed diehard Alien fan, so hopefully he’ll bring his A game to Alien 5.