Los Angeles - 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 South African 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)"
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— ?eill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
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
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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