Neill Blomkamp’s take on the Alien franchise has been put into stasis, according to the South African filmmaker.
Blomkamp had been on board to direct a new Alien movie since February, but Thursday he tweeted that the project is “kinda holding” pending Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, which is also connected to the Alien mythos.
The original plan was for Scott — director of the original Alien — to serve as a producer on Blomkamp’s movie, which would take place after the Prometheus sequel. As recently as two weeks ago Blomkamp was sharing concept artwork and props for the project on Instagram, but now he writes, “I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley.”
In the meantime, Scott recently indicated that his Prometheus movies will connect to the Alien saga sooner rather than later, and revealed that Prometheus 2 will be titled Alien: Paradise Lost. Scott envisions the film as “backing into the first Alien,” the director said last month. “I’ve even got connections with Ripley [in this], but I’m not telling you what.”
Twentieth Century Fox, the studio behind the Alien and Prometheus series, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.