There's been a lot of chatter over the past few days as to the rumour that Ridley Scott has prioritised the production of his Prometheus 2 over Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, putting the latter on hold with the potential to send it into the unescapable abyss that is 'Development Hell'. However, according to a message sent out on Twitter yesterday, this may not be the case after all.
(The above account is unconfirmed however, so I'm not holding my breath for this being the case.)
Anyway, there hasn't been many details released about either film yet, but here's what we've managed to gather thus far.
So Prometheus 2 is a thing?
Expected sometime in 2017, there's not much information about Prometheus 2 available yet. All we know so far is that Scott is directing, with Michael Green on the screenplay and Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles as Elizabeth Shaw and David.
The first Prometheus, as a stand alone film, is alright. A bit gratuitous; as a long standing fan of the Alien franchise I wasn't particularly impressed by it, but I understand why people liked it and it did give us a loose bit of backstory to flesh out the mythology. Damon Lindelof can still bog off though.
The biggest thing we've heard about Prometheus 2 so far is that we're going to be getting an entirely new species of everyone's favourite murderous xenomorph. Speaking in an interview last year Scott said,
"The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history. So with Prometheus 2 what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act."
He goes on to explain that Prometheus 2's alien won't be a direct evolution from the one we saw at the end of Prometheus, one which he says was closer to the original species.
He's also said that he plans to move further from the original mythology, which seems a bit counter intuitive but I suppose it depends on how separate he is planning for the franchises to be.
Another Alien film, really?
It's been nearly a decade since the fourth instalment, Alien: Resurrection, which I think was actually not too terrible if you cover your ears and go "la la la" as soon as the Ripley baby/Queen Alien hybrid... thing appears. Certainly wasn't great either though.
But yes, Blomkamp (of District 9 fame) was earlier this year given the go ahead to helm the next Alien film. Details are few and far between, but some things have been confirmed:
- Alien 5 is believed to ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, instead serving as a sequel to the first two instalments in the franchise. Whether or not it will pick up immediately after James Cameron's Aliens remains to be seen, but...
- Michael Biehn is also expected, though not confirmed, to reprise his role as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks. Hicks was one of the few to escape Acheron alive at the end of Aliens. However he died in hypersleep when the alien crashed their ship at the beginning of Alien 3, so his appearance here and the severing of the Alien 3 link would likely negate the crash happening.
- Which means Newt may have survived too.
- Ridley Scott will executive produce the feature.
- It will not be titled Alien 5, that's just a working title.
- And most importantly, Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role as Ellen Ripley
"[The ending to Resurrection] feels incomplete to me. I wish it didn't, but it does. We left it hanging. And there's a way to finish this story that I think would be satisfying to me and the many fans." - Sigourney Weaver