Alien 5 won't tread on toes of Prometheus 2

News Simon Brew
21 Mar 2015 - 12:00

Neill Blomkamp's new Alien film won't be called Alien 5 - and it's been changed a little to avoid "bumping" Prometheus 2...

This story implies a spoiler for Alien 3.

Neill Blomkamp's proposed sequel to Alien has thrown up a degree of confusion over the past month or so. First of all, it was said that it was going to effectively sideline Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up after James Cameron's Aliens. Then, Blomkamp himself distanced himself ever so slightly from those comments, instead insisting that due respect would be paid to the third and fourth Alien films.

Well, a little bit more information has come to light in the new issue of Empire magazine.

In it, Blomkamp confirms that original Alien director Ridley Scott will be producing the movie, and that it won't, in the words of the magazine, 'tread on the toes of Prometheus 2'. "I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit", Blomkamp confirmed.

Scott likes the idea of what Blomkamp has come up with for the new Alien film, the piece confirms, and the new movie won't be called Alien 5. In fact, Neill Blomkamp already has a title in mind. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title", he teased. And as for where the film will sit in the series? It's still not entirely clear. "Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong". The new film will be "the triplet of the first two. There's a shitload missing as a fan that I would want to see".

The plot, then, thickens...

The full piece is in the new issue of Empire, that goes on sale later this week.


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