Alien is a franchise that seems to have gained random traction in recent years. After years and years of essentially being an abandoned franchise, there were two films that started started development one after another: Alien 5 and Alien: Covenant. Alien: Covenant is a prequel to the original alien, and the unnamed Alien 5 was set to erase the likes of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and continue on a completely different timeline of films.
The other big difference came in the form of the director. Alien helmer Ridley Scott would be taking on Alien: Covenant, and behind Alien 5 would be District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. Alien 5 would eventually fade into obscurity, but at the time of its early development, it seemed to have the full support of Ridley Scott. But how involved was Scott in the flick?
Speaking with IGN, Scott clarified his involvement in that movie before he moved on to Alien: Covenant:
“I was obviously being encouraging. And Fox said, ‘do you want to produce it?’ And I was ‘Yeah, of course.’ But I don’t know what happened. It didn’t evolve. I said fine, I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would of. Except I do question, why have both out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off. It doesn’t make sense. But they didn’t go forward with it, Fox. So I just kind of kept out of it.”
From the sound of it, Scott’s role in the film was a relatively passive one. If it had gained traction, he would have gone forward with his producer role, but as it stood, most of its support seemed to be coming from actress Sigourney Weaver. While I’d very much have loved to see Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection erased from the canon of the franchise, Blomkamp’s work hasn’t been great as of late, so I’d hate for him to accidentally create yet another dud. Perhaps it’s best the way things all turned out.
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