You may have been wondering why we haven’t heard anything about the new Aliens film lately, leading some to speculate that it may have been in the middle of quietly disappearing.
However, Michael Biehn and a source close to Fox have now both publicly spoken to say that the film is still in the works. Apparently, there are a couple of reasons for the delay: firstly, the film is (rightly) being handled with care, but also it’s down to the fact that Ridley Scott wants it to happen after Prometheus 2.
The source had this to say: “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.”
Now, while nothing is officially set in stone just yet, Ridley is set to begin production of Prometheus 2 early next year and will release in 2017. That will mean there is quite a lot of time for Neill to get to grips with Alien and how he wants to present this new iteration in the classic franchise. While it’s good thing that he is taking his time when dealing with such a classic, it is mildly frustrating that we won’t see the new Alien film for some time.