Alien 5 Will Still Happen, Says Star Michael Biehn

"It would keep the franchise alive."

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For a while it looked like there would be two movies set within the Alien universe heading our way over the next couple of years--Ridley Scott's Prometheus 2 and Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5. But with Scott's sequel shooting early next year and taking the title Alien: Covenant, Blomkamp last month admitted his film was "on hold." However, according to Aliens star Michael Biehn, the project is far from dead.

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In an interview with Icons of Fright, Biehn spoke about the status of the project, and what fans could expect when it is finally made. "The basic idea is acting like Alien 3 and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamp's site, everyone can see all of the artwork for that," he said. "I know Ridley Scott is doing his movie first and is going to be the executive producer on this one, so I'm really looking forward to that. I'm sure that he and Fox both don't want that and Neill's movie to come out right next to each other, because they're kind of two different worlds, with Alien 5 taking place thousands of years later.

"But at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they're putting the brakes on Neill's movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn't make the movie.

"They're planning on bringing me and [Aliens character] Newt back, and at this point Newt will be around 27-years-old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it's really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that's what the bottom line is now: money."

Alien: Covenant will shoot in Australia next year. So far only Michael Fassbender is confirmed to return from the Prometheus cast, although it is expected that Noomi Rapace will join him. The release date has been confirmed as October 6, 2017.

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