a) Delay of the production
Neill Blomkamp's sequel would follow Ridley's Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost. By November 2015, Blomkamp was in talks to write an adaption of the unpublished scifi novel "The Gone World", and then by July of 2016, that was the film he would be directing next and Sigourney was off to join Cameron's Avatar sequels. Had they not been forced to delay for Ridley's Prometheus sequel that would also become an Alien movie, they would surely have made it by the middle of 2016.
b) The path forks
And it would be more associated with Ripley than Ridley's movie, it was a completely different angle in terms of the Alien saga, as more of a sequel, and Ridley's Alien movie was coming in from the back end. It didn't matter that it Blomkamp's Alien movie would veer off from the path in terms of where Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection went, it was accepted that the path forked after Aliens, following the idea that each director wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances.
c) Sigourneys views on the script
Sigourney thought that while the story went off in its own direction, it was written in a way that satisfied, in Sigourney's opinions, the primal needs of the aliens, whatever that meant, but it would also give Ripley an ending. It was also a tribute to the great work that the other directors had done. Did she wish to include Fincher and Jeunet amongst those other directors?
d) Ridley's viewa
With Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver wanted to do this Alien V, or was it called Alien Awakening? Ridley said "Fine", and he was going to be producer, if he could have, he would have, except that he didn't understand why they should have two Alien films out at the same time, Ridley's own Alien films were about asking questions and Blomkamp's didn't, so he thought it was like shooting ones big toe off and this didn't make sense. Although Sigourney Weaver was quite sure that they had a great script, Ridley believed that the project was based on a ten page pitch and the script he saw wasn't actually evolving.
Fox didn't appear to be interested in the concept, and Ridley decided to keep out of it, because as far as he was concerned, he re-ignited this franchise to bring it off the ground again because it was lying there dormant on the shelf, and he had enough on his plate with preparing the Alien Covenant movie. Blomkamp appeared to take note of Ridley unwillingness to push, he didn't wish to put the blame on him and let the matter rest.
- So what does this mean for Neill Blomkamp’s sequel? There had been speculation that Alien: Paradise Lost might mean that it wouldn’t get made, but Sir Ridley has scotched those rumours. “I’m producing it,” he reiterated. “The design is for it to go out next, after this. This will go out first. It’s more associated with Ripley, it’s a completely different angle, it’s more of a sequel. I’m coming in from the back end.” (25th September 2015 http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=45507)
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@NeillBlomkamp 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 (Twitter
- Posted November 11 2015 — 11:42 AM ESTNeill Blomkamp is in talks to write the script for and direct Fox’s movie adaptation of The Gone World, a forthcoming sci-fi novel from Thomas Sweterlitsch, EW has confirmed. (http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/11/neill-blomkamp-talks-write-direct-gone-world)
- Sigourney 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. (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- Scott’s film is shooting now and comes out in August 2017, but that doesn’t mean Blomkamp’s Aliens follow-up will start right away. “Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World,” Weaver says. “So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”(http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- Either way, she sounds determined to revisit Ellen Ripley. “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver says, which makes it sound like this would be her final go-round as the character. That means resolution — not that Ripley will necessarily die. (Note that she’s died before, and that obviously didn’t end anything.) (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- Weaver also suggested Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel will delve into the motivation of the aliens themselves, exploring what it is their race has been seeking. “The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens,” Weaver says. “It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”(http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- After teaming up on 2014’s Chappie, Weaver also seems eager to join forces again with Blomkamp. “We’ve just finished something else together that I can’t talk about, but you know, I hope so,” she says. “But you never know in this crazy business. In any case, [the Aliens sequel] there and waiting for us. He and I both have these other commitments that are finally upon us, and so we’ve got to switch gears and concentrate on that. But it will be worth the wait when we finally get to it.”(http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- There’s no doubt whatsoever — if the movie happens, it will redirect
the story from the third and forth installments, David Fincher’s Alien3 1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997).
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off
to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,”
Weaver says. “It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story
about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of
monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent
Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was
fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set
of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the
circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.”(http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- For those looking forward to seeing that story realized in a few years, Weaver has encouraging words.
“I hope it won’t be a few. I hope it’ll be a couple. But we’ll see. Yeah.” (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/07/13/sigourney-weaver-aliens-sequel-neill-blomkamp)
- Ridley Scott: They wanted to do Alien, er, Awakening - Neill Blomkamp. I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question - why have both [Blomkamp's Alien and Scott's Alien] out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off - it doesn't make sense.(http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/05/09/alien-covenant-sequel-will-begin-shooting-within-14-months-says-ridley-scott)
- Ridley Scott: But they didn't go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it. I mean, I'd literally ignited this thing to bring it off the ground again, because it was lying there dormant on a shelf. I had this thing to bring it back up - but here we are. (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/05/09/alien-covenant-sequel-will-begin-shooting-within-14-months-says-ridley-scott)
- Ridley Scott: It's good when it's good. If the sequel's good, then it's worthwhile. (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/05/09/alien-covenant-sequel-will-begin-shooting-within-14-months-says-ridley-scott)
- Allocine: What do you think of the project that Neill Blomkamp started for Alien number 5 with the return of Sigourney Weaver, Weaver in it?
Ridley Scott: Well, there was never a script, it was an idea which was evolved on I think a ten page pitch, and I was meant to be part of the producer on that and it didn't evolve. Fox just deiced that they didn't want to do it, so that was it, so I just, I was already onto, I think I had done Prometheus and I was already planning Covenant so, don't know
Allocine: That's never going to happen
Ridley Scott: I don't think so, no (Transcription from video of interview at http://www.allocine.fr/ 27 april, 2017)