Alien 5 would have served as a highly anticipated direct sequel to the original franchise trilogy. What went wrong?

Everything pre-production-wise seemed to be going well. There was a hugely positive reaction from fans upon announcement, and the film even had a predicted release date slated. The halt seemed to be coming from Ridley Scott and the higher-ups at the studio. It was hinted that they were more focused on the Prometheus sequel and building off of that newer franchise, rather than circling back to the existing IP. 

As a creator, it makes sense. But as a fan of the Alien franchise, I though it was disappointing we never got a continuation of the storyline that started it all. 

But, thanks to the digging of AvP Galaxy, we can still enjoy the vision of what it was supposed to be!

This beautiful concept art was done by artist Geoffroy Thoorens. 

Geoffroy-thoorens-alien5-jaxCredit: Geoffroy Thoorens

Geoffroy-thoorens-science2-v2-webCredit: Geoffroy Thoorens

It's hard to decipher what these images mean plot-wise, but it seems as though this film would have retconned the events and conclusion in Alien 3.

Unfamiliar with the term "retcon"? Well, it's defined as "revising (an aspect of a fictional work) retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events."

A lot of people like to point to the introduction of "midi-chlorians" as the science behind the Force in Star Wars as a major retcon.

We digress.

B0d38a013acfa6e1836439b2aa0156f5-1920x1117Credit: Geoffroy Thoorens

Geoffroy-thoorens-geoffroy-thoorens-alien5-mercsCredit: Geoffroy Thoorens

If there's anything to take away from this, I think it would have to be the power concept art has.

Here we are, years later, still raving and theorizing over a film that was never even made.

That's all because we have these amazing pieces of art to fuel our passion for this franchise. 

What do you think of the concept art? Were you excited about this Alien film?

Let us know in the comments!

Source: AvP Galaxy