Alien 5 put on hold

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 October 2015
Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp

Director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed 'Alien 5' has been put on hold

'Alien 5' has been put on hold.

The eagerly-awaited new sci-fi movie has been the source of much speculation in recent months, with reports suggesting it was to be pushed back to make way for 'Alien: Paradise Lost', and its director Neill Blomkamp has taken to Twitter to confirm the news.

The 36-year-old filmmaker - who helmed 'Chappie' earlier this year - wrote: "alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things... as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley (sic)"

The 'Prometheus' sequel - which is a prequel to the 'Alien' films - is being directed by Hollywood legend Ridley Scott, with Naomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles.

Meanwhile, Ridley revealed recently that the new movie would be called 'Alien: Paradise Lost' because it sounds more "intellectual".

He said: "It's going to be 'Alien: Paradise Lost', so 'Prometheus 2' is not really going to be [what it's called].

"It's a book, 'Paradise Lost' ... it sounds intellectual, there's a similarity to it, but that's where it stops."

Quizzed about the title's relevance to the prequel film and the earlier films, Ridley added: "We'll go back to how, why and when the beast was invented. We'll go into the backdoor of the first 'Alien' I did 30 years ago."

Alien: Covenant

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Written by: Michael Green
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez
  • UK release: 12 May 2017

The spaceship Covenant ends up on an unknown planet littered with little egg things, which can’t be good. The latest in the franchise is basically an excuse for Scott’s fantastic visuals and a series of more or less ingenious variations on grisly death, although some will enjoy the spectacle of Fassbender kissing himself.

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