Before Ridley Scott decided to put the breaks on the project in order to focus on his upcoming Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, it looked like Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 was moving full steam ahead at Fox. Sigourney Weaver was on board as Ripley, while Blomkamp debuted a series of concept artwork suggesting that Michael Biehn would also be reprising his role as Hicks from Aliens.
Well, during an interview with Simon Thompson of Forbes ahead of the Aliens 30th Anniversary panel at Comic-Con, Biehn has confirmed that he will be involved in the project – if an when it moves ahead – and he also offered up a few words on the return of Newt.
“[Neill] tweeted out some pictures of me, he said he’s going take the third and fourth film and act like they never happened and things blew up,” said Biehn. “It looked like it was all go and then Ridley Scott decided that he was going to do a second and third film in the Prometheus series, but Sigourney says they are still doing their project. I think it would be very embarrassing to Fox if they don’t give Sigourney the movie that she really wants to go out on. I don’t know when it’s going to happen but I know it’s going to happen and I know I’m going to be in it and there’s going to be a new Newt, she’s going to be about 26 or 27 and looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence to me but I don’t know. Maybe there’ll be a passing of whatever and then the franchise can move on so they can make more money because that’s what it’s all about.”
Sigourney Weaver has also recently discussed about the delayed project, stating that she hopes it does move ahead, and that “it’s satisfying to me to give [Ripley] an ending.”