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Prometheus 2 Could Delay Alien 5

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As we’ve reported several times in recent months, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) is hard at work developing Alien 5, a sequel that might as well be called Alien 3, as the director plans to ignore the last two films in the franchise. However, it now looks like producer Ridley Scott may force him to put the brakes on his sequel, as he is planning an Alien film of his own. Currently putting the finishing touches on another sci-fi vehicle (The Martian), the impressively prolific 77-year-old plans to take on Prometheus 2 next.

We already told you this sequel begins shooting in January, but speaking to Bloody Disgusting, an anonymous source added that this project poses no real threat to Blomkamp’s film, but it will affect his timetable. “Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea,” said the insider. “Blomkamp continues to work on the script and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.”

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Seniority doesn’t usually get you very far in Hollywood, but if anyone has earned veto power in the Alien universe, it’s Ridley Scott. (Along with writers Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon, he originated the franchise back in 1979.) While Blomkamp may be frustrated by this development, he can’t really argue with the filmmaker who inspired him to make movies in the first place. Plus, this delay gives him more time to refine his ideas and rise to the level of the franchise’s first two films.

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