Back in October 2015, director Neill Blomkamp confirmed through social media that his long-awaited Alien 5 project was being indefinitely delayed. 20th Century Fox instead moved forward with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant which is set to hit theaters on October 4, 2017. While we haven’t gotten any official word that Alien 5 is back on track, Lance Henriksen has faith that the project will happen.
IGN recently caught up with the actor to discuss his role on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, but the talk eventually came back to this Alien sequel. It’s possible that the studio could revitalize this project after Alien: Covenant hits theaters, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Here’s what Lance Henriksen had to say about the project, offering plenty of praise for Neill Blomkamp, teasing that his android Bishop might return in some capacity.
“You know they’re going to make another one. It picks up right where Aliens ended. I don’t know if I’m going to be in a baggie or how I’m going to be in it. Blomkamp is a really wonderful, wonderful writer. I have a feeling that if he did it, it would be something spectacular. And there’s an audience for it.”
Sigourney Weaver revealed in July that Alien 5 will ignore the events of the much-maligned sequels Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, which would allow the writer-director to bring back characters like Lance Henriksen’s Bishop, Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks and Carrie Henn’s Newt. All of those actors have been rumored to return alongside Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. Here’s what Lance Henriksen had to say about how this franchise is still a hit with fans.
“The proof in the pudding is that Aliens is still viable. It’s not an ‘old’ movie. It works. It still works. I was down in Austin, Texas recently and they were doing a screening of it, a full house. Everyone was doing the lines. I mean, everybody. It was really fun. That movie had an impact, for sure. Jim [Cameron]’s work on it was really excellent.”
Back in August, Michael Biehn insisted that the project will still happen, proclaiming that it would be “embarrassing” to 20th Century Fox if they don’t give Sigourney Weaver the movie she “really wants to go out on.” For now, the studio is focused on Alien: Covenant, which will be the first movie in a trilogy that will connect to the very first Alien movie. Hopefully the studio will also find some room to bring Alien 5 to life as well.