Report: Neil Blomkamp’s ALIEN 5 Concept “Totally Dead”
District 9 director Neil Blomkamp has been busy in the two years since the release of his last film, Chappie. Among the many projects we knew him to be working on was new concepts for a potential sequel to the original Alien films, Alien 5. He released a series of concept art on Twitter and Instagram and later said that he was slated to develop a project separate from Alien: Covenant.
But one man’s success may be another’s downfall, and in this case the success of Ridley Scott’s Covenant may have doomed he prospects of handing over the reigns to a different, if well-regarded director.
Recently, he told The Verge about the project:
I think it’s totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is it’s just not going to live.
And, when explaining the reasons why he thinks this is the case, the South African director went on:
Yeah. Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn’t feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible.
Instead, Blomkamp is now working on growing his own production company, Oats Studios, through which the imaginative and dystopian artist will be developing concepts and teasing them online to see which gain more tractions, not completely different than how District 9 got off its feet and all the way into an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
So, even though we are disappointed that his vision for Alien 5 won’t be used to the dark Alien franchise, we do look forward to the projects yet to come from Oats.