Neill Blomkamp's Alien Movie Could Be Delayed Because of Prometheus 2
We may have to wait a while for Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, and it's all because of Prometheus 2.
Thanks to a steady stream of concept art and speculation, the prospect of Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 has had science fiction fans going slightly loopy with anticipation in recent months. The project was given the official go-ahead back in February of this year, and since then we've heard that Blomkamp has convinced original cast members Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn to return to the alien universe for a movie that will be closer in kind to the first two in the series.
Despite all the buzz and involvement from people like Biehn and Weaver, Blomkamp's Alien remains painfully lacking in the details department. There's been very little word on the script, other than the fact that Blomkamp had to tweak it a little to bring it in line with Prometheus 2, and in general fans are starting to get a bit antsy. That antsyness is now looking justified, because Bloody Disgusting is claiming that sources close to 20th Century Fox are claiming the Blomkamp's project could be delayed by a number of years while the studio and Ridley Scott focus on their Prometheus sequel. Here's what they had to say:
While Twentieth Century Fox is still hot on the project, our sources tell us that they're being forced to hold off until after Ridley Scott gets into production on his long-gestured Prometheus sequel. This means a lengthy development process for Blomkamp's Alien, and a potential release in 2018.
The report continues by suggesting that another element to the delay could be that it allows greater flexibility for finding time in Sigourney Weaver's shooting schedule, which will soon be getting plugged up with James Cameron's Avatar sequels. But, Cameron's Avatar sequels are going through troubles of their own, with the director recently pushing Avatar 2's release back to 2017. Alien fans better hope that this second factor doesn't become a major player in deciding the timeline of Blomkamp's production, because if it does, we may be waiting a long, long time.
But while we have been looking forward to a Blomkamp Alien movie for some months now, we've never had anything close to a concrete release date or production schedule, so we should all try and be realistic. If everything goes to plan with Scott's Prometheus 2, we could see Alien 5 entering production in 2017, with a release date some time in 2018. 3 years people, time to test our patience.