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Ridley Scott says there wasn't even a script for Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5

04.30.2017

With ALIEN: COVENANT fast approaching, fans of the franchise that loyally follow every scrap of news on the series is left to ponder the status of the attempted Neill Blomkamp film with Sigourney Weaver. We got as much as some pretty stellar concept art, but it seems the project has been virtually scrapped as Ridley Scott continues to roll out his new films.  

Scott spoke to Allocine recently to discuss the upcoming COVENANT, and in the process confirmed that Blomkamp’s film wasn’t as far along as we might have hoped, and that at this point we will most likely never see the finished product:

I don't think it will ever see the light of day. There was never a script. Just an idea that evolved from a dozen or so pages. I had to participate as producer, but it didn't go farther because Fox decided it didn't want to do it. As far I was concerned, I had already done Prometheus and I was working on Covenant.

The highly discussed ALIEN 5 seemed like a sure thing, with Weaver talking about it some and Blomkamp saying he would work on it after CHAPPIE. But the project was scrapped over a year ago once it was announced Scott would be working on COVENANT, and Blomkamp said back in January that chances of seeing the fifth movie are “slim.”

Blomkamp blew me – and everyone else – away with his tremendous work on DISTRICT 9. Since then he has stalled somewhat, with ELYSIUM being good-not-great, and CHAPPIE failing to entice either critics of audiences. Seeing his early concept work for ALIEN 5 teased something potentially great, so its a shame we’ll probably never get to see his take on such a beloved series. Maybe in the future he’ll get a shot, but for now the master is in charge, and Scott is hugging the series closer than, well, you know what I'm referencing.

ALIEN: COVENANT arrives May 19.

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11:54PM on 05/01/2017

you notice he said" I had to participate as producer"

Seems like a power play to me. I find it hard to believe there wasn't more pages to the script than he's letting on. More than likely he didn't want anyone messing with his Alien franchise, so he expressed his concerns and got the film axed. Would have loved to see what Blomkamp would have brought to the table.
Seems like a power play to me. I find it hard to believe there wasn't more pages to the script than he's letting on. More than likely he didn't want anyone messing with his Alien franchise, so he expressed his concerns and got the film axed. Would have loved to see what Blomkamp would have brought to the table.
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10:41PM on 05/01/2017
I'm glad the Neil will not further muck up the ugliness that has become the Alien franchise. There is already so much mess with [link] etc. that I'm thankful at least one of them may not see the light of day.
I'm glad the Neil will not further muck up the ugliness that has become the Alien franchise. There is already so much mess with [link] etc. that I'm thankful at least one of them may not see the light of day.
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6:18PM on 05/01/2017

Power Play

I think it's pretty clear what happened. Prometheus sucked ass and Scott saw the huge amount of positive fan reaction for Blomkamp's idea. He can say Fox didn't want to do it but I have a hard time believing what he says. Alien is his baby and he wants to be the one to get it right again, I get it. But don't pass it off as Fox saying no.
I think it's pretty clear what happened. Prometheus sucked ass and Scott saw the huge amount of positive fan reaction for Blomkamp's idea. He can say Fox didn't want to do it but I have a hard time believing what he says. Alien is his baby and he wants to be the one to get it right again, I get it. But don't pass it off as Fox saying no.
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3:44PM on 05/01/2017

Yeah right

Even if there really wasn't a script, there was definitely at least a full treatment. And I'm betting a first draft at least. A full time writer with some inspiration driving him could knock out a first draft in a month or two. Neill had more than that before it was shut down.
Even if there really wasn't a script, there was definitely at least a full treatment. And I'm betting a first draft at least. A full time writer with some inspiration driving him could knock out a first draft in a month or two. Neill had more than that before it was shut down.
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2:28PM on 05/01/2017
Please, he just cannot just say he squashed it.
Please, he just cannot just say he squashed it.
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12:39PM on 05/01/2017
Doesn't matter if there was a script or not. There was concept art with older Hicks and Ripley...which means it looked like they had un-fucked this franchise. That's all I needed to be sold.
Doesn't matter if there was a script or not. There was concept art with older Hicks and Ripley...which means it looked like they had un-fucked this franchise. That's all I needed to be sold.
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11:59AM on 05/01/2017
Some of these comments below are very strange. Blomkamp has said several times that the project was only ever concept art and a treatment. Also, he would be an idiot to write an entire spec script for a large franchise for free.

Fanboys these days... :(
Some of these comments below are very strange. Blomkamp has said several times that the project was only ever concept art and a treatment. Also, he would be an idiot to write an entire spec script for a large franchise for free.

Fanboys these days... :(
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2:30PM on 05/01/2017
Yeah, let's just ignore months of pre-production work and actors talking about scripts.
Yeah, let's just ignore months of pre-production work and actors talking about scripts.
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9:33AM on 05/01/2017

Agreed 100% with the first post!

Quite sad to see it dead since I grew watching Aliens! --
Quite sad to see it dead since I grew watching Aliens! --
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8:16AM on 05/01/2017

Sour grapes?

I'm pretty sure Weaver, Biehn and Cameron all confirmed there was a done script that they had read, so I'm calling bull. My impression is that Scott just plain didn't like Bloomkampf, pre-production was going ahead and the two of them maybe just didn't click and then Scott put a fork in Alien 5. Well this pretty much confirms this project is dead so we got to make peace with it. In the meanwhile we'll get around six Alien prequels from Scott, let's hope they're worth it.
I'm pretty sure Weaver, Biehn and Cameron all confirmed there was a done script that they had read, so I'm calling bull. My impression is that Scott just plain didn't like Bloomkampf, pre-production was going ahead and the two of them maybe just didn't click and then Scott put a fork in Alien 5. Well this pretty much confirms this project is dead so we got to make peace with it. In the meanwhile we'll get around six Alien prequels from Scott, let's hope they're worth it.
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5:47AM on 05/01/2017
Shame. SHAME!
Shame. SHAME!
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2:39AM on 05/01/2017

I love Chappie

District 9 was decent. Didn't finish Elysium. Chappie though... love, love, LOVE that movie!

I'm sure his Alien movie would have been fine but he's not gonna make a better movie than Chappie as far as I'm concerned.
District 9 was decent. Didn't finish Elysium. Chappie though... love, love, LOVE that movie!

I'm sure his Alien movie would have been fine but he's not gonna make a better movie than Chappie as far as I'm concerned.
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8:47PM on 04/30/2017
I call bull on that.
I call bull on that.
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1:08AM on 05/01/2017
Yup.
Yup.
7:15PM on 04/30/2017

So who's lying?

Quote from Weaver-
“Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now,” she says.
So who's lying?
Quote from Weaver-
“Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now,” she says.
So who's lying?
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8:12PM on 04/30/2017
I'm inclined to believe Sigourney.
I'm inclined to believe Sigourney.
3:25AM on 05/01/2017
I have to say Ridley knowing his enormous ego.
I have to say Ridley knowing his enormous ego.
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5:03PM on 04/30/2017

Here's a script for an final Alien film

[link]

Enjoy!
[link]

Enjoy!
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2:34PM on 05/01/2017
Can we get a damn spam button please, Joblo?
Can we get a damn spam button please, Joblo?
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