Earlier this month, director Ridley Scott announced plans to shoot the sequel to Prometheus in January. But an exclusive from Bloody Disgusting about the intertwined shooting schedule of two Alien franchise sequels is sure to rile fans up even more.
According to the report, 21st Century Fox is holding off director Neill Blomkamp’s previously announced Alien 5 movie to make way for Scott’s pseudo-sequel to Prometheus:
“Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea. Blomkamp continues to work on the script (only an outline existed previously) and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.”
It should be said that neither movie has a set release date yet, but fans eager to get back into the real canon of the franchise shouldn’t fret. It means a one-two punch of Alien movies may be in the near future. If Prometheus 2 starts up in January, look for it to be out sometime in 2017. If that movie wraps in mid to late 2016, then expect Blomkamp’s sequel to start up immediately for a release in 2018.
Scott’s insistence on finishing his movie first might also be beneficial to Blomkamp from a simple development point of view. What Blomkamp is ridiculously good at is creating unique worlds within each of his movies. Give him some extra time to develop the production design and the script (which was a major fault in his past two features), and it might give him enough time to make something uniquely intricate.
Worry not, Alien fans. This slight hiccup of Scott asserting his sci-fi dominance over the guy trying to continue his onscreen legacy may work out for the better. But then again, we may just get a rehash of Prometheus, and we’d be left with a bunch of still-pissed-off fans.