Neill Blomkamp Thinks Alien 5 Is 'Totally Dead'

Posted 2017/06/03 0 0

Alien 5 is officially dead with no signs of resuscitation. And we can pretty much blame Ridley Scott's lackluster Alien: Covenant for the cancelation of this particular franchise installment.


In an interview with The Verge, Blomkamp revealed that he has very little hope the film will ever get made. Here’s what he told the outlet when asked if Alien 5 was dead:

I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. 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.

When asked to clarify if he meant studio politics by saying “politically,” Blomkamp gave a bit more context.

Yeah. Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. 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.

Alien Covenant opened to less than thrilled reviews. And the fans felt nothing more than bored. The movie only made $36 million on opening weekend, and in its first 15 days, has thus far only pulled in a disappointing $64.3 million. Its worldwide take currently sits at $165.3 million. Ridley Scott was planning two more Alien: Covenant sequels to bridge the gap between them and the original Alien from 1979, but now the movie, with an estimated $97 million, is sitting on the edge of being a flop. In turn, Blomkamp's Alien 5 has becoming the unwilling victim in this scenario. And it's unclear if those other Alien movies Ridley Scott has planned will ever really happen.

Who knows if Alien 5 will be resurrected once the lingering stink drifts from Alien: Covenant's reception and box office take. But Neill Blomkamp fans shouldn't feel too slighted. The untimely death of Alien 5 may mean we'll see the long discussed District 10 sooner as opposed to never.