Aliens will be brawling, bursting, and oozing back on the silver screen in the not-too-distant future with the announcement by star of the original's — Ellen Ripley herself (Sigourney Weaver) — that Alien 5 is very likely.
The extraterrestrial baby of director Neill Blomkamp has been heavily rumored since the end of last year, with Blomkamp confirming his captainship over 5 with numerous Instagrams (see below).
However, the production has seen drastic delays following director Ridley Scott's progression with Alien: Covenant — a sequel to Prometheus — due to be released August 4, 2017. Apparently, he didn't want them to be shown around the same time, which does make sense — frustrating though it may be.
Sigourney Weaver, who played aggressive protagonist Ellen in the Alien series as far back as 1979, spoke at Californian tech company VMware on April 20.
When asked about Alien 5 Aggressive Comix reported the 66-year-old said:
"Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our 'Alien' 'til after 'Prometheus 2.' He [Ridley] wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it."
"We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn't do it, because it’s such a great script and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait."
So Alien 5 is definitely underway according to Weaver. Scott and Blomkamp are playing nice by sharing the franchise, and a script has definitely already been distributed to the actors. A snazzy Alien 5 website supports the news.
As does the enthusiastic Twitter feed below. Neither of them seem official, but they underline that the spaceships are beginning to hum back into action.
Michael Biehn is expected to accompany Weaver in the new feature, playing Cpl. Dwayne Hicks. The writing credits are given to Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, both Alien veterans, as well as Blomkamp, according to a sparse IMDb page. The tagline is the chilling one on the top of this poster:
Other than this gorgeous graphic, Alien 5 visuals have been teased in dramatic concept artwork posted on Blomkamp's Instagram. Here are a choice few:
Let's hope for more beautiful images soon!
However, it should be noted that no filming dates have been announced, nor is there a release date or an official studio announcement of any form. We can only hope.