Ridley Scott Talks More About Neill Blomkamp’s Cancelled Alien Movie

"It seems like shooting your big toe off – it doesn’t make sense."

In quite a polarising news story from last week, it was revealed that Neill Blomkamp’s proposed Alien movie had been cancelled. Some fans were glad to see the series stay to Ridley Scott’s chronology while others were disappointed that it was dead after looking so promising.

Scott originally revealed that Blomkamp’s Alien had been jettisoned into space by 20th Century Fox, and has discussed it further in an interview with IGN UK:

“They wanted to do Alien, er, Awakening – Neill Blomkamp. I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question – why have both [Blomkamp’s Alien and Scott’s Alien] out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off – it doesn’t make sense.

“But they didn’t go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it. I mean, I’d literally ignited this thing to bring it off the ground again, because it was lying there dormant on a shelf. I had this thing to bring it back up – but here we are.”

A strange reply, this one. Despite having reservations, Scott was still keen to jump aboard as a producer. The franchise is close to his heart, a franchise which Blomkamp’s vision would have messed around with in terms of chronology and consistency. Why would he be okay with this to begin with?

No matter the case, the Alien franchise is alive and well with its most recent iteration, Covenant, reviewing well with critics thus far. You can catch it at your local picturehouse from May 19.


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