To the dismay of many fans, Alien Day 2019 did not see the announcement of any significant new Alien theatrical titles, nor did we receive any clarity on the possibility of an Alien TV series being in the pipeline. The disappointment seems to continue as yesterday Disney officially unveiled their upcoming movie release schedule for their recently acquired Fox film assets and Alien did NOT make the cut for the first wave. According to a fresh report from Deadline, the studio will be producing new Star Wars films along with new Avatar sequels, but no mention of a new Alien title was included.
"We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars."
The current slate shows film release dates spanning the next 8 years, until 2027. It's surprising to see that Disney have not lined up at least one Alien film within those 8 years. At the current rate, the earliest we could expect to learn of any new Alien film would be 2021.
Will Disney surprise us and unveil plans of a new Alien movie before 2021? We'll have to wait and see. This does however only apply to films - this does not negate the existence of the highly rumored Alien TV series we've heard talk about over the last few months.
Special thanks to forum member ignorantGuy for the tip!
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Honestly the whole Disney buying Fox thing is just insane. I can't believe that people's excitement over the possibility of seeing Fantastic Four and X-Men allowed for them to completely ignore that Disney is a monopoly and a powerhouse. Who cares about Wolverine, I care about the fact that an enormous corporation just bought out almost all of another enormous corporation. On the other hand I wanted to point out that yes, Disney said that they would be making more Alien films, but they didn't say when. They could wait up to 20 years if they wanted before they start making more.
We can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which fills up first. I would like to see a new proper movie soon, but TBH, I am very impressed with what indies are releasing for the past few years with tight budgets and such.
Avatar has cute bug eye characters that kids probably love along with love/romance/angst (and those consum.....er.....kids can grow with the series!!!) As long as it is cute and semi cartoon looking, all is good.
It seems things are geared to kids. Fine- but guess who buys the tickets and F$$king overpriced snacks for those kids?
Avatar had success, because it was something new. Now, after all This time, it's a big risk to do five movies in a row. Money is important but it isn't everything. I bet we are going to see an expanded ****ty universe in the new Avatar films. X-men meets jurassic Park + titanic + abyss. God saves us all from the blue giants flying dinosaurs, with mnemonic powers. I prefer One minute of alien covenant, with all its flaws, than 5 hours of dances with wolves , where the apaches are blue giants.
Do companies still make movies to satisfy all the updating JC talked theaters into doing in the early OOs? Back when 3D was going to be the next big thing since.................the red and blue lens 60s/70s?
I attempted to watch it but could not get into it, maybe NOT my kind of Movie, i will have to give it another GO!
But it made MONEY.... the Question is have they LEFT it too LONG? They would be better of making a Second Movie thats OPEN ENDED... so it would not 100% have to have a Sequel... but could lead to one should it be a HIT.... then if its makes Big Bucks... then surely Role out the Rest!
Committing to 5 such Movies is a Risk!
It would be like say if the NEW Star Wars Franchise was to be a 6 Part NewKylo/Rey Franchise, at Present they would have to make EP9 set up a EP10-12 and well if EP9 does not do well, they would be DEAD in the Water a Bit!
I think AVATAR would make $$$ though.... there is that Market for it, that say attracts those who would watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 3, 4 and 5 etc.
I felt this Alien Day was the ideal time to tease and market such a Project.... being the 40th Anniversary of the Franchise. But the Take Over and Disappointment of Alien Covenant and Criticism at that Movie (and some of its creative decisions) had had a Negative Effect! As far as Movies go!
Disney know the Franchise will always have a Market for Books, Comics, Games and Toys and other Merchandise.
I think if we get NO News by Next Alien Day, then we maybe have to worry about NOT seeing anything any time soon, and especially as far as a continuation of the Prequels.
I am having to accept i MAY never see a continuation, maybe i would get to see another ALIEN Franchise movie though, but 2026 is a Long Way off ;)
@Chris what you and other people don't take into account is that films made by Cameron are bleeding edge technically speaking (talking about the gimmicky post-Avatar 3d craze). While Scott movies have gorgeous cinematography the last think I recall him being proud in the technical department is the sand storm CGI (perfected in Prometheus and in The Martian) ....
It is alright, maybe they are wondering what they will do with the franchise. The short-films were better than Covenant and I do not care for David 3. Perhaps they are wondering about what direction to go, I think that is a smart thing.
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