Scott is directing the 'Prometheus' sequel and serving as a producer on the new 'Alien' movie
The new Alien movie has reportedly been pushed back because Ridley Scott wants Prometheus 2 to be made first.
Neill Blomkamp – director of Elysium and District 9 – confirmed earlier this year that he is writing and directing a new Alien film. Scott, director of the original 1979 sci-fi classic, is on board as a producer.
Scott is also preparing to direct a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, a loose spin-off from the Alien universe, with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace confirmed to be reprising their roles. Shooting is due to start early next year.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the new Alien film won’t now go into production until Scott has finished Prometheus 2.
“Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea,” a source told the site. “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.”
The site reports that Blomkamp will probably shoot Alien 5 at some point in 2017 for a release in 2018. Prometheus 2 is expected to be released in 2017.
Though Sigourney Weaver has yet to sign up officially for Alien 5, the actress has spoken enthusiastically about the sequel 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.