Ridley Scott Says Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Project Is Dead

Sigourney Weaver Carrie Henn Aliens - P 2014
<p>Sigourney Weaver Carrie Henn Aliens - P 2014</p>   |   Courtesy Everett Collection
"Fox decided that they didn't want to do it, and that was it," says the 'Alien: Covenant' director.

For those waiting patiently for updates on Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is, an update seems to have arrived. The bad news is, the update seems to be that the pic is dead.

Talking to French outlet Allocine, Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott quite coldly revealed that the project was likely defunct when asked about its status. "There was never a script," he said. "It was an idea that evolved from, I believe, a 10-page pitch, and I was meant to be part of the producers on that. It didn’t evolve. Fox decided that they didn’t want to do it and that was it. I’d already done Prometheus and I was planning Covenant, so I dunno."

Asked if the movie is ever likely to happen, Scott said, "I don't think so, no."

The potential project originally made its debut on social media in early 2015, before the reaction to concept art posted by Blomkamp led to Fox's involvement. Blomkamp talked often about the project at the time, explaining that it would ignore Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, and that Scott liked his proposed title. After that initial flurry of activity, however, Blomkamp went silent on the subject, potentially reflecting Fox's own cooling on the matter.

Alien: Covenant, Scott's own latest expansion of the franchise, hits theaters May 19.