Less than a year after it was announced (and after his concept art made everyone swoon), Neill Blomkamp’s Alien has been put on indefinite pause.

Here’s what Blomkamp put on Twitter:

It’s not a giant shock, since Ridley Scott announced that Prometheus 2 would be called Alien: Paradise Lost, even though he said at almost the same time that the Prometheus movies wouldn’t connect to Alien until they got to Prometheus 4. Not at all confusing.

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Even though it isn’t a surprise the studio is giving Scott the reins and shelving Blomkamp, we’ve got to say that we were more excited by his vision than by trying to parse Prometheus 2: Alien: Paradise Lost. Oh well.


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