Disappointed that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film was cancelled? Well, as it happens, you’re not the only one. Sigourney Weaver was as well!
In an interview with The Guardian for his new film Demonic, the director spoke about his cancelled Alien sequel.
During the interview, he spoke about his disappointment about the project falling through.
He also revealed Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Ripley herself, was a massive fan of his ideas.
Alien 5 would have been a continuation of Aliens, says Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver loved the idea
Following the success of his debut film District 9, Blomkamp later directed 2013’s Elysium and 2015’s Chappie.
Alien 5 was all set to be his next film, but after Chappie opened to mostly negative reviews, his Alien film was cancelled.
Speaking about the project, Blomkamp noted that the project had Sigourney Weaver’s seal of approval:
I also felt bad for Sigourney because she was really into what I had brought forward.
He went on to elaborate on what his film would have entailed:
I felt like [for] audiences who loved Aliens, there was an opportunity to do one more film with Sigourney in a way that may have satiated what people were looking for and what I think I was looking for.
The reactions to Prometheus and Alien: Covenant were decidedly mixed upon release.
As such, it does feel like a fifth film, which was a direct continuation from Aliens that had Weaver’s blessing, feels like a missed opportunity.
On the other hand, given Blomkamp’s struggles to replicate the success of District 9, was it a blessing in disguise that the project fell through?
An Alien mystery that may never be solved.
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