As you might guess, Neil Blomkamp's Alien 5 won't be going out into theaters under the title "Alien 5", but according to a recent interview that will be out tomorrow in Empire Magazine, the real title is going to knock some socks off of fans of the sci-fi saga. My guess is it probably isn't Alien 2.5, either.
A Brave and Bold Alien 5
To hear Blomkamp talk about it, even revealing the "bold" title he's working with would be giving away too much of what he has planned for his mysterious sequel that seems intent on picking up the story some time between Alien 2 and Alien 3. While that might seem near impossible given the amount of time that has passed since 1986's Aliens, Neil Blomkamp is making sure all the Ts are crossed and Is are dotted.
He's reportedly been talking to Alien mastermind Ridley Scott as they are both busy prepping their own Alien spin-offs and Blomkamp wants to make sure his Alien 5 doesn't contradict or interfere with what Scott has in mind for Prometheus 2. He told Empire Magazine:
"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."
My best guess, by looking at the concept art that Blomkamp and his team has shared is that it would have something to do with either his interpretation of what Weyland Industries, or Weyland-Yutani as the case may be, is up to with their Xenomorph research. From the looks of things Alien 5 might also be dealing with the "derelict ship" that played a big part in Prometheus as well.
Some folks might take it as bad news that Ridley Scott is in any way interfering with Neil Blomkamp's vision for his own Alien movie - but I think having Scott as a producer is unavoidable at this stage in the game. I also think it will likely make the entire series more cohesive if there is a certain amount of coordination involved.
The Prometheus 2 Factor
It is promising to hear from a reliable source that Prometheus 2 may still be on Ridley Scott's radar. While the pieces of the interview with Neil Blomkamp don't reveal anything in particular about Ridley Scott's proposed sequel, or any progress that may have been made recently, it at least gives the impression that it is still a world that is being considered by Scott.
Hopefully the development of Alien 5 will get Ridley Scott's creative juices flowing and we'll hear some real news about Prometheus 2 soon. It's been a long drought since there have been any reports of actual activity on the sequel and as someone who often takes on more projects than he can manage, let's hope Scott will see this as the perfect opportunity to get things moving on Prometheus 2 before something else comes along to distract him for another year or two.
Returning to LV223 With More Davids
Opinions on Prometheus are divisive to say the least - but I feel like the real crime the movie would make is if it didn't get followed up on and we're left hanging with all those unanswered questions and possibilities left unexplored. Prometheus 2 could easily end up righting a lot of what many fans considered frustrating about Prometheus.
A recent rumor on Omega Underground about what Prometheus 2 might be up to pretty much falls in line with what we've heard from Ridley Scott and others in the past. This is that the movie would follow Shaw and the David head to further explore the mysteries of the engineers. But the new rumor has another group being commissioned by Weyland to return to LV223 and get to the bottom of what happened on the derelict ship.
This new team is said to include include some robotic reinforcements to try and cut down on the possible loss of more human lives - and yes, another David. It makes some sense - Weyland doesn't seem like the kind of guy to give up after one failed mission. And yes, this return to the "derelict ship" could indeed end up playing into what Neil Blomkamp has cooking up for Alien 5.
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