Alien 5 put on hold

Director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed 'Alien 5' has been put on hold.

Alien 5 put on hold

'Alien 5' has been put on hold.

The eagerly-awaited new sci-fi movie has been the source of much speculation in recent months, with reports suggesting it was to be pushed back to make way for 'Alien: Paradise Lost', and its director Neill Blomkamp has taken to Twitter to confirm the news.

The 36-year-old filmmaker - who helmed 'Chappie' earlier this year - wrote: "alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things... as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley (sic)"

The 'Prometheus' sequel - which is a prequel to the 'Alien' films - is being directed by Hollywood legend Ridley Scott, with Naomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender reprising their roles.

Meanwhile, Ridley revealed recently that the new movie would be called 'Alien: Paradise Lost' because it sounds more "intellectual".

He said: "It's going to be 'Alien: Paradise Lost', so 'Prometheus 2' is not really going to be [what it's called].

"It's a book, 'Paradise Lost' ... it sounds intellectual, there's a similarity to it, but that's where it stops."

Quizzed about the title's relevance to the prequel film and the earlier films, Ridley added: "We'll go back to how, why and when the beast was invented. We'll go into the backdoor of the first 'Alien' I did 30 years ago."

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