Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project
- Fans are campaigning for Juno Temple to play an older incarnation of Newt.
- RUMORED: This film is going to retcon Alien 3 & Alien: Resurrection establishing a new timeline after Aliens.
- Joss Whedon had written a script for a fifth film but Sigourney Weaver wasn’t interested in the script’s setting taking place on Earth. She wanted Ripley to return to LV-426, the planetoid the crew of the Nostromo discovered the derelict ship in the first film and the setting ofAliens.
- James Cameron and Ridley Scott planned to collaborate on a fifth film in 2002 but pulled out when they discovered that 20th Century Fox was planning to make AVP: Alien vs. Predator. Cameron explained that this was because he felt like the studio was milking the franchise.
- In 2008, Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver announced they were planning to make a film focusing on Ellen Ripley with no appearance of the aliens. The project never materialized and eventually evolved into Scott’s Prometheus.
- The fifth film finally found traction in February 2015 when director Neill Blomkamp posted a collection of concept art on his Instagram feed under the title “Alien Xeno” depicting Ripley wearing an alien-inspired organic space helmet, an Alien Queen, a slug-like creature emerging from a deformed Facehugger egg, the Engineer’s derelict ship from the first film in a massive warehouse facility, and Corporal Hicks with a scarred face among other pieces of artwork credited to artist Geoffroy Thoorens. Blomkamp later revealed that he commissioned the artwork without the consent of 20th Century Fox based on a story concept he developed with Sigourney Weaver, while filming Chappie. After a strong public response, the studio greenlit the film on February 18, 2015 with Blomkamp directing and Weaver returning to play Ripley. In March,Michael Biehn confirmed he had been approached to return as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. As of October 2015, the project and Blomkamp’s involvement in it became less sure, when it was announced that the Prometheus sequel had been given precedence. Blomkamp indicated that he would be pursuing other projects, as his movie had officially been postponed for an indefinite amount of time.
- In a May 2015 interview, Bill Paxton expressed interest in reprising his role as Pvt. Hudson from Aliens.
- Blomkamp revealed that he had to alter his script at the request of Ridley Scott so that it wouldn’t conflict with the story of the, still in development, sequel to Prometheus.
- Due to the fact that this film takes place directly after Aliens (1986), and ignores all other installments in the franchise except Prometheus (2012), this film is basically a remake of Alien 3, with a different plot and setting.