Ridley Scott’s prequel Alien: Covenant might be currently in production and coming to cinemas next year, but there is still plenty of interest in the “on hold” sequel Alien 5. Earlier this week, star Sigourney Weaver revealed that she was still hopeful the movie would happen, and now director Neill Blomkamp has issued some new concept art on Instagram. This time it’s an image of Newt, the young girl from 1986’s Aliens, now a grown adult:
The picture was released by Blomkamp to mark “Alien Day,” a fan-created day of celebration of the long-running sci-fi series. This follows concept art issued earlier in the year that featured Weaver and the character of Hicks, played by Michael Biehn in Aliens.
Alien 5 was originally set for a 2017 release, but Scott’s decision to move forward with his sequel to 2012’s Prometheus–as well as giving it the title Alien: Covenant–meant that Blomkamp’s film was put on hold late last year.
During a Q&A for the tech giant VMWare this week, Weaver was asked about the status of the project. “Well, I think it is [happening],” she said. “Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2. [Scott] wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it.
“I’d be really surprised if we didn’t do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”
Alien: Covenant is currently shooting in Australia and New Zealand. Last year Scott revealed that the film would feature all the versions of the franchise’s famous creatures. “There was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We’ll have them all: egg, facehugger, chestburster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two,” he told The Wrap.
Alien: Covenant is set for release on October 6, 2017.