So Ridley Scott's ambitious Prometheus 2 has just revised its title (again), so say goodbye to what was [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502) and say hello to the new and improved Alien: Covenant.
Alien: Covenant is set to begin production in Australia next February, starring Michael Fassbender as David and Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, both reprising their Prometheus roles. More excitingly, we even have an official plot synopsis from 20th Century Fox now, which also explains the name change:
"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
Neat. But what's going on with Alien 5 then? Whilst Scott is directing Alien: Covenant he's also producing Alien 5, which was conceived and planned to be directed by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.
Well, a few months back we heard rumours that because Scott was pushing through on Alien: Covenant he was causing a hold to be put on Alien 5, however Blomkamp himself dismissed these rumours and we all had a little sigh of relief. However they've come back in full force now, sparking fears that we might never get an Alien 5. Say it ain't so!
Neill Blomkamp himself tweeted a confirmation last month that Alien 5 is on hold, confirming that he'll be working on other projects whilst he waits to receive the go ahead to continue work.
Well it's not all bad, though Alien 5 is now officially on hold whilst Alien: Covenant is in production at least it hasn't been cancelled outright as we feared. But development hell can be just as dangerous as a cancellation, littered with projects bogged down and brought to a standstill for years without officially being cancelled.
And Ridley Scott isn't actually a guy known for sitting around; he's got two more Prometheus films planned after Alien: Covenant too, so will his work on the sequels further delay Alien 5?
Personally I'd rather see Alien 5 coming to fruition over a sequel to the underwhelming Prometheus, even if only off the strength of the concept art we've seen of the project so far.
And even though Alien: Covenant does sound like it'll be able to pull the franchise back on track, the fact that Alien 5 would usher in Sigourney Weaver's return to the series as Lt. Ellen Ripley (in a move that would hopefully make up for the godawful Alien: Resurrection) does kinda trump everything.
Fingers crossed that this is just a minor hiccup and not a full blown death for Alien 5, sadly for now we'll just have to wait and see.