New ‘Alien’ movie is now ‘on hold’, says director Neill Blomkamp

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus 2' is apparently taking priority over 'Alien 5'

The director of the planned fifth Alien film has revealed that the project is now on hold.

Neill Blomkamp – director of Elysium and District 9 – confirmed earlier this year that he is writing and directing a new Alien film. Ridley Scott, director of the original 1979 sci-fi classic, is on board as a producer.

However, it was reported in August that the new Alien movie had been pushed back because Scott is keen for Prometheus 2 to be made first, and now Blomkamp has seemingly confirmed this on Twitter.

“alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things…” he posted last night.

Ridley Scott is due to start shooting Prometheus 2 next February with both Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace reprising their roles from the original 2012 film. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation‘s Rebecca Ferguson is said to be in talks to join them.

Though Sigourney Weaver has yet to sign up officially for Blomkamp’s planned Alien film, the actress has spoken enthusiastically about the project on numerous occasions since it was announced.

She first played Ripley in 1979’s sci-fi classic Alien before reprising the role in 1986’s Aliens, a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination, and again in 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien Resurrection. She also provided the voice of Ripley in the video game Alien: Isolation, which was released last year.