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Game over, man! Neill Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel put on hold

on October 30, 2015, 12:47pm

Crummy news for anyone hoping to see the on-screen reunion of Lt. Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks: Director Neill Blomkamp’s reboot sequel to Aliens has been cocooned.

The District-9 filmmaker had been working on the project since January. His posting of concept art to Instagram led 20th Century Fox to officially on board him. This morning, however, Blomkamp announced the unfortunate change of plans via Twitter:

It’s okay, though. Ridley Scott has finally moved on from The Martian and is ready to start filming Alien: Paradise Lost, the first of three sequels everyone wants to Prometheus. Maybe its alleged ties to Ripley should suffice. Who knows.

It’s unclear why Blomkamp’s own film was put on hold, but it’s safe to assume Scott’s renewed interest in the franchise had something to do with it. What we do know is that “other things” doesn’t exactly bode too well for Blomkamp these days, at least if we’re to consider how this year’s Chappie turned out. Sheesh.