Rumor: Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 May Still Happen

The director of the cancelled film revealed concept art showing off his vision for the franchise.

By L.B. Lubomski

Image via Neill Blomkamp CC / BY

Neill Blomkamp, director of movies such as District 9 and Chappie, just dropped some new concept artwork for his cancelled Alien sequel via his Instagram account. Before Ridley Scott hijacked the series again and brought us Alien: Covenant, a dissapointing sequel to his equally lackluster Alien prequel Prometheus, Blomkamp was set to reunite both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn in a direct sequel to 1986's Aliens. Known tenatively as Alien 5, the movie would have seen a continuation of the story of Ellen Ripley, Corporal Dwayne Hicks, and Newt as the only survivors of the Hadleys Hope infestation, disregarding the events of Alien 3 and instead creating a seperate timeline of events.

The pieces of artwork in question seem to show some kind of industrial setting, a Xenomorph attacking inside a narrow passageway and a look at a Colonial Marine gunship as seen in Aliens. The art showing the alien attacking in the vent shaft I find to be the most compelling as it invokes a sense of intense atmosphere, tension, and a feeling of claustophobia. It gives us a hint that Blomkamp's vision for the franchise may also have been much similar to the older movies, when the Xenomorphs were much more intimidating and something to be feared.

With the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, which included the Alien franchise, by Disney, is it just a coincidence that Blomkamp chose now to release this look into his idea for the Xenomorphs? Or is it very possible that we may yet get to see his Aliens sequel sometime in the near future? Only time will tell, but here at Dead Entertainment we hope the answer is a definite yes. Stay tuned for more Alien news as it becomes available.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.