Alien concept art commissioned by Neill Blomkamp

Deadline is reporting that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie might be dead, its chest lethally exploded by the emerging fetus of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2. (Or Alien: Paradise Lost, as Scott was referring to it during the press junket for The Martian last month.) Spun out of gossamer and dreams by Blomkamp’s cunning deployment of concept art and intriguing ideas, the never-titled movie is now “kinda holding,” as per Blomkamp’s (weirdly unverified) Twitter account:

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The existence of Blomkamp’s Alien was always strongly predicated on Fox shrugging and letting the District 9 director do whatever he wanted to do with the fallow franchise. But even as “letting Neill Blomkamp do whatever he wants to do” has grown steadily less profitable—as per the box office results and critical yawns that greeted Elysium and Chappie—Ridley Scott’s investment in his own Alien projects has grown. (Also: The Martian just made a big bundle of cash for its distributors at Fox.) And so, Blomkamp must wave goodbye to his beloved “xeno- and Lt ripley,” putting them away until Ridley Scott is done playing with his toys, and Blomkamp is allowed to pick them up and smash them against each other once again.