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Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blomkamp's Alien film will be worth the wait

04.22.2016
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A little over a year ago Neill Blomkamp shared a few pieces of unoffical concept art for an ALIEN sequel that he had been dreaming up; the internet went wild for them and the project soon became a reality when Fox green-lit the film and hired Blomkamp to direct. Then Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS sequel came back to life and pushed Blomkamp's ALIEN sequel out of the picture, at least for the time being. The film is said to be on-hold until after the release of ALIEN: COVENANT, but Sigourney Weaver told a crowd at a VMware event that she believes the film is still on the way and will be worth the wait.

Well, I think it is. Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien 'til after 'Prometheus 2.'  [Ridley] wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we didn't do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.

Production on ALIEN: COVENANT is currently underway under the direction of Ridley Scott and will take place ten years after the events of PROMETHEUS and follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they head for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They believe they've discovered an uncharted paradise, but it's actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

ALIEN: COVENANT will hit theaters on August 4, 2017.

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2:29PM on 04/23/2016
I think it will be worth the wait by the logic that more prep time can only be a good thing, but who knows just how busy everyone involved is. I would have preferred this film first, given that Prometheus wasn't the breakout hit the studio wanted and that I'm not keen on giving Ridley another chance right now since he's been off his game for awhile with no signs of returning. Maybe it's not fair to say that after the Martian, but I read the book beforehand and had to stop watching the movie
I think it will be worth the wait by the logic that more prep time can only be a good thing, but who knows just how busy everyone involved is. I would have preferred this film first, given that Prometheus wasn't the breakout hit the studio wanted and that I'm not keen on giving Ridley another chance right now since he's been off his game for awhile with no signs of returning. Maybe it's not fair to say that after the Martian, but I read the book beforehand and had to stop watching the movie partway through because it was so inferior to it.
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11:07AM on 04/24/2016
I never read the book, and the movie was awesome to me. After The Counselor and Exodus, I began to wonder if he lost his way but The Martian renewed my confidence in him. As a non book reader it was awesome. Now, having said all of that, I am a MASSIVE fan of District 9 and I currently have more faith that Neill Blomkamp's film will be better. Time will tell though!
I never read the book, and the movie was awesome to me. After The Counselor and Exodus, I began to wonder if he lost his way but The Martian renewed my confidence in him. As a non book reader it was awesome. Now, having said all of that, I am a MASSIVE fan of District 9 and I currently have more faith that Neill Blomkamp's film will be better. Time will tell though!
9:52PM on 04/22/2016
But why? Why can't both movies be released at the same time? I'm afraid that if Prometheus 2 didn't do so well at the box office, this new Alien movie will be put on hold forever.
But why? Why can't both movies be released at the same time? I'm afraid that if Prometheus 2 didn't do so well at the box office, this new Alien movie will be put on hold forever.
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10:01PM on 04/22/2016
II think they're worried about over saturation. Don't want people to confuse the two properties and only choose to watch one over the other, when they can space them out and make more revenue. Especially now that the Prometheus name has been dropped and adopted the Alien title.
II think they're worried about over saturation. Don't want people to confuse the two properties and only choose to watch one over the other, when they can space them out and make more revenue. Especially now that the Prometheus name has been dropped and adopted the Alien title.
11:07PM on 04/22/2016
Oh, I didn't know they dropped the name Prometheus. Now that makes sense. Thanks.
Oh, I didn't know they dropped the name Prometheus. Now that makes sense. Thanks.
2:59AM on 04/23/2016
With all due respect, Netforce, the article talks about Alien: Covenant and not Prometheus: Covenant you know.... :'P
With all due respect, Netforce, the article talks about Alien: Covenant and not Prometheus: Covenant you know.... :'P
2:13PM on 04/23/2016
Nomadic...womp womp!
Nomadic...womp womp!
7:27PM on 04/22/2016
Biehn and Weaver back in Aliens. My body is ready.
Biehn and Weaver back in Aliens. My body is ready.
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