20th Century Fox Rethinking Alien Covenant Sequel
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is reassessing the two proposed Alien sequel that Ridley Scott pitched the studio and there's a strong possibility that a Covenant sequel won't happen at all.
Ridley Scott had been vocal that the next chapter would be filming sometime next year and would be set before covenant but after Prometheus. Aside from the baffling timeline that Scott is forging, it seemed like an overly confident move from the filmmaker to start planning the next film so early. Even more so after Covenant failed to inspire much confidence in where Scott is taking the franchise.
On the surface, it might seem as though Alien fans are impossible to please. Prometheus wasn't the Alien prequel that we had been waiting more than 30 years to see with its lack of no xenomorphs and face-huggers. Scott listened to what the fans wanted and Covenant returned the iconic creatures to the fold, but even that didn't seem to appease the fans.
From a purely commercial perspective, Covenant was a major disappointment with just $230 million taken at the worldwide box office. Compared to the $400 million plus that Prometheus managed 2012, and it's easy to see that the Alien franchise is in decline. Covenant cost significantly less than Prometheus to make ($97 million vs. $130 million), but any savings made were wiped out by the underwhelming box office performance.
All this talk of Fox "reassessing" the future of the Alien universe has led to fresh rumours that Neil Blomkamp's cancelled Alien 5 might be back on. Blomkamp was in the early stages of putting a script together for a sequel that would disregard the events of parts three and four with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn set to return. However, while promoting Covenant back in May, Ridley Scott claimed that Blomkamp's film was unlikely to happen.
"I don't think it will ever see the light of day. There was never a script. Just an idea that evolved from a dozen or so pages. I had to participate as producer but it didn't go farther because Fox decided it didn't want to do it. As far I was concerned, I had already done 'Prometheus' and I was working on 'Alien: Covenant."
Let's be clear, 20th Century Fox isn't done making Alien films, even if they decide to abandon Scott's vision for the prequels, the Xenomorphs will be back in some form. There is also the possibility that Fox will allow Scott to complete his prequel story with one final movie instead of the planned two. We'll let you know more as soon as it comes in.