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Fans of the Alien franchise were elated when the first poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant dropped a while back, but it did beg the question of what happened to Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5? Well according to Neil Blomkamp, there are no more illusions of this ever happening.

According to a tweet from the Chappie director, his Alien films chances of being made at this point are “slim” which is probably an understatement, but not really surprising. There certainly was a plan to develop this idea seeing as Blomkamp dropped a bunch of concept art, talked about how a script out line was done, and even went as far as to describe his entry as an “ending” to Ripley’s story. Michael Bean even provided a story nugget about the character Newt, from Aliens being the star of Blomkamp’s iteration, but all of this was hollow promises and fodder.

With the announcement of the title change for Scott’s film from Alien: Paradise Lost to Alien: Covenant coinciding with the announcement of Blomkamp’s Alien 5 being put on hold, it became painfully obvious that Blomkamp was being pushed out and Scott was taking full creative control of the franchise he started. This certainly doesn’t mean that Scott and Blomkamp won’t work together on an Alien movie in the furure, only that Blomkamp’s idea for a sequel to the original films has pretty much been kiboshed completely.

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