Man, Neil Blomkamp just can’t catch a break. After his initial success with District 9, his two follow-up films, Elysium and Chappie, were ravaged both critically and at the box-office. But, things were looking up! He was getting set to direct a direct sequel to Aliens, featuring the return of characters Ripley, Hicks, and Newt.

Unfortunately, this project was delayed when Ridley Scott decided to make some other movie. But Blomkamp held strong. “My movie is still happening!” screamed Blomkamp from the rooftops.

Alas, it was not meant to be. In an interview with Allocine, Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott confirmed the project’s time of death:

 “There was never a screenplay, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of 10 pages…I was always just a producer, but it didn’t go any further because Fox decided that it didn’t want to do it.”

I’m conflicted about this. On one hand, Scott has seemingly confirmed that he’s going to be working on Alien films until he the day he dies. So we surely won’t be lacking for Xenomorph content. On the other hand, Scott’s recent string of films aren’t exactly arbiters of consistent quality. Although, neither are Blomkamp’s.

Honestly, it all comes down to which era of the Alien universe you prefer. Personally, after the massive disappointment that was Prometheus, I was curious to see what Blomkamp could bring to the franchise. Who knows, maybe Alien: Covenant will knock our collective socks off once it hits theaters and we’ll all be frothing at the mouth for more. Here’s hoping.

How do you fell about Blomkamp’s Alien movie allegedly getting canned? Are you excited for Alien: Covenant? Let me know in the comments below.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th.

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