The second Ridley Scott announced that his follow-up to Prometheus would be making larger strides towards the narrative of the Alien series, even changing the sequel’s title from Prometheus 2 to Alien: Paradise Lost, Neill Blomkamp must have known his Aliens film would get affected.
The District 9 director hasn’t been shy about his planned Aliens picture, plugging the project with concept art on social media and revealing tidbits of what he had planned, but it’s all going back on the shelf for now. Blomkamp took to Twitter and confirmed that his Aliens project has indeed been put on hold, saying that he would now be “working on other things”.
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
— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
The “kinda holding/pending” part of his message could highlight the uncertainty that comes with Fox waiting to see what Scott comes up with for Alien: Paradise Lost before backing a series of other films. Scott also recently said that it may be a few more films in the Prometheus line of the franchise before a solid connection with his original Alien is locked in, so there’s that to consider as well.
Could Blomkamp’s project end up scrapped? Will he be called in down the track to direct a Prometheus picture instead? Or will it all continue as planned, simply rescheduled to a later date? Hopefully it isn’t too long before we get an answer.
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost is currently scheduled for U.S. release on May 30, 2017.