When we think of “Alien 5”, we immediately have the name of Neill Blomkamp that comes to mind, because his promising abandoned project has often made the news. But the public is less aware that Joss Whedon could have taken care of this sequel as well. What do we know about it? We take stock.
Before Neill Blomkamp, Joss Whedon tried to do Alien 5
An episode ofAlien directed by Neill Blomkamp is a prospect that has excited fans of the saga. With good reason, at the time, because the director launched and supported by Peter Jackson had presented himself with the fabulous District 9. The potential that we guessed in him could have marvelously matched the universe ofAlien. If this fifth opus was for a time a serious matter, the company fell into the water. Largely because of Ridley Scott, who wanted to regain control of his franchise with the contested Alien: Covenant and Prometheus. Despite the abandonment of the feature film that Neill Blomkamp would have liked to wear, we have been able to learn more about him on numerous occasions.
Alien 5 could have been done in another way, with Joss whedon at the controls. The director / screenwriter / producer set foot in the universe during the second half of the 90s, by signing the script for the sympathetic Alien, the resurrection. A fourth segment directed by the French Jean-Pierre Jeunet and which stood out for its fun side. After this experience, Joss Whedon had an extension in mind and he fully intended to complete Ripley’s narrative arc by bringing the heroine back to Earth.
Return to Earth envisioned for Ripley
The script was to take place after the finale ofAlien, the resurrection, with Ripley and Call who survived the events we know. For the heroine embodied by Sigourney Weaver, it was an opportunity to return to the starting point. The one she left to board the Nostromo. Except that the duo, who thinks they are safe, are in reality followed by an alien threat. It’s unclear exactly how things were going to turn out, but the big idea was to set the scene on our planet, and thus to end with the space misadventures.
Even though we are sure this project has been around for a while, there is not so much concrete information. Nevertheless, we know that he did not come up, in part, because Sigourney Weaver was not happy with the script and Ripley’s treatment. If the actress refused to be part of it, nothing made sense – although we saw that the universe could exist without her. The star did not like the idea of a return to Earth and she did not find this option to be the best compared to the rest of the saga.
A project abandoned for several reasons
In addition to this refusal of Sigourney Weaver, this Alien 5 would have been expensive and it was unlucky to be considered at the wrong time. In the early 2000s, Fox wanted to strike hard by bringing together two mythical monsters on the screen. This gave Alien vs. Predator by Paul WS Anderson and so the fifth installment of the saga initiated by Ridley Scott has been put to the side. Contrary to what we may have heard about Neill Blomkamp’s attempt, Scott apparently was not a central figure in the failure ofAlien 5 by Whedon.
Remember now that the franchise has been owned by Disney since the acquisition of Fox. A series is in the works and, ironically, it will take place on Earth. As for the big screen, no feature film is officially in the pipeline.