Will there be a fifth movie in the “Alien” film franchise? Despite reports that it’s in the works, director Ridley Scott (director of the 1979 original and the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”) says it likely won’t be happening.
Fan furor erupted when “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp posted concept art for “Alien 5” on social media back in 2015, which led star Sigourney Weaver to reveal that she’s game to play alien-battling Ellen Ripley one more time.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending… The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it,” said Weaver in 2016.
In addition, Scott himself added fuel to the fire when he said that if fans “really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I’m not going to close it down again. No way.”
However, Scott is singing a very different tune these days.
“There was never a script,” Scott told French cinema magazine AlloCiné. “It was an idea the evolved from, I believe, a 10-page pitch, and I was meant to be part of the producers on that. It didn’t evolve. Fox decided that they didn’t want to do it and that was it.”
Scott added: “I’d already done ‘Prometheus’ and I was planning ‘Covenant’ so I dunno.”
When asked if he thought that “Alien 5” might ever see the light of day, Scott was not optimistic. “I don’t think so, no,” he said.