Sci-fi fans were pretty pumped when it was announced not long ago that Neill Blomkamp would be tackling the next movie in the Alien franchise. But as it turns out, that excitement may have been a little too premature, as the project may already be in a holding pattern thanks to another movie holding it up.
According to Bloody-Disgusting's sources, it's Ridley Scott's Prometheus 2 that's putting Alien 5 in a holding pattern, because the studio doesn't want to move forward on it until the Prometheus sequel does:
Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea. Blomkamp continues to work on the script (only an outline existed previously) and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.
But as frustrating as it is for those who wanted the next Alien movie to happen sooner rather than later, there is a silver lining: Because of the project being pushed back, it should naturally take care of any scheduling conflicts that might arise for Sigourney Weaver, who is also committed to James Cameron's Avatar sequels.
As it stands, filming on Alien 5 is estimated to now be starting in 2017, with a release sometime in 2018.