Ridley Scott’s been throwing around a lot of accusations about Neill Blomkamp’s planned continuation of the Alien franchise, which plans to bring back Sigourney Weaver as Ripley.
According to Scott, any and all news that people have heard about this movie is complete nonsense. There is no movie. The project never existed, and won’t ever see the light of day.
In an interview with Allocine, Scott claimed:
“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.”
But while this seems like a pretty definitive shutting down of fan hopes, it doesn’t exactly gel with what we’ve been getting from other sources. Sigourney Weaver herself has stated that she’s on board for the movie, which Fox has only temporarily postponed until Scott’s current prequel Covenant, has had its day.
Considering that Weaver has historically been a bit skeptical about returning for subsequent Alien movies (no doubt feeling cautious about the dip in quality following Aliens), the fact that she’s convinced the movie is going ahead suggests that, certainly at one point, Fox were full steam ahead on the movie.
But what reason would Ridley Scott have to downplay Alien 5? Except, of course, that the sequel movie would be in direct competition with his own plans for the franchise. Make no mistake: Scott wants to build his own Marvel-style movie series that’ll generate plenty of income for him over the coming years. Letting any other director in on the game challenges his claim to be the only director who can do Alien justice.
Scott has a large clout within the Alien fan community, in spite of the travesty that is Prometheus. Sigourney Weaver has a larger clout, though, and given the choice, most fans would rather see Weaver return for a sequel, than see Scott continue making his weird meandering prequel series.
So when Ridley Scott says that we’ll never get an Alien 5, it’s worth taking it with an enormous grain of salt.