Alien 5 director Neill Blomkamp has unveiled a xenomorph sculpture from his unmade sequel. Over the course of the Alien franchise, there have been a number of fascinating rejected concepts for sequels. Alien 3’s lengthy development cycle, for instance, saw writers and producers come up with four separate screenplays, with Vincent Ward’s Wooden Planet concept coming the closest to production; William Gibson’s Alien III is getting its own comic adaptation later this year. Other unmade ideas include Ridley Scott and James Cameron teaming up for Alien 5 in the early 2000’s, and Newt taking the lead role in Alien: Resurrection over Ripley.
Neill Blomkamp is a huge fan of the series, and after working with Sigourney Weaver on Chappie he pitched Fox his vision of a fifth Alien movie. Plot details for Alien 5 are sparse, but concept art reveals it would have reunited Ripley, Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Newt, seemingly ignoring the events of the third and fourth entries. Reports vary on how far into development the project got before being canceled, with some saying a script was written but others stating it didn’t get that far. The movie was being developed alongside Ridley Scott’s prequel series, which apparently was a major factor in the movie been abandoned.
Blomkamp has since stated he’s moved on from Alien 5, and its unlikely to ever get made. He’s shared some concept art from the project in the years since, including a brand-new photo of a xenomorph sculpt he recently added to his Instagram account. While it resembles the classic H.R. Giger design, it has the notable inclusion of two additional arms coming from its chest, like the Alien Queen. Perhaps this was a drone xenomorph that would evolve into a Queen during the story.
The latest trend with sequels in Hollywood is to retcon disliked entries out of existence and go back to the elements fans loved. The new Halloween and Terminator movies are taking this route, and quotes from Blomkamp suggest he wanted his Alien 5 to be the true third movie. Some fans were upset with the idea it would flat out Alien 3 and 4, while others were just excited it would bring back Ripley and the survivors from Aliens, who were unceremoniously killed off at the start of the third movie.
Alongside Blomkamp’s Alien 5, it seems Ridley Scott’s planned third Alien prequel won’t happen now either. This entry would have picked up from the dark ending of Alien: Covenant, and followed Michael Fassbender’s David continuing his experiments with the Alien on a new planet. The financial disappointment of that entry makes a direct follow-up unlikely, but rumors suggest an Alien TV show will be the next step for the franchise.
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