In a new interview with The Verge, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp confirms - once and for all - that his long-gestating Aliens sequel (which, in case you'd forgotten, would have served as a direct sequel to James Cameron's film while ignoring both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection) is officially dead.
"I think it's totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live."
Asked if he means that studio politics got in the way, Blomkamp elaborates:
"Yeah. Ridley (Scott) was one of my idols growing up. He's so talented and he's made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn't feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible."
This isn't entirely surprising: just a few weeks ago, Scott himself said that Blomkamp's Aliens sequel wouldn't be moving forward, saying that Fox ultimately just decided it "didn't want to do it". This sounds like a slightly different take than Blomkamp's, which probably means - and do note that this is purely speculative - that the truth's somewhere in the middle.
Whatever the case may be, this appears to be the final word on the situation. Now we just have to wait and see what happens to the Alien franchise in the wake of Alien: Covenant (for the record, this is a pro-Covenant household and we're all hoping that Scott gets to finish his "David trilogy"). We'll let ya know as soon as we hear something we can confirm.