Neill Blomkamp Takes On ALIEN

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Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium, and the imminent Chappie, appears to not only have landed an Alien movie, but to have enticed Sigourney Weaver to return to the franchise.

Next to nothing is known about the project other than it now appears to be happening, according to an Instagram post by Blomkamp today (see below). What little can be gleaned about it derives entirely from concept art that Blomkamp unexpectedly released early in January. At the time, Blomkamp made clear he had been independently exploring his own ideas for an Alien film and had released the images simply to do something with them, but these ideas would seem to have now quickly escalated to reality. 

Check out the gallery of his unofficial concept art below.


Andrew Mack contributed to this story.

Another Reaction to the ALIEN News
By Andrew Mack

Well. How about that? In recent days the internet was losing its shit over a bunch of Alien conceptual art that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp shared.

Everyone started putting together the pieces of this puzzle and theorized about what the story could be. The idea behind it was that it was maybe a story which took place after Resurrection and would mark the return of RIpley and a scarred to hell 'But still alive!!!" Hicks. The story would finally return to Earth where Weyland Corp got themselves a derelict Alien ship at Weyland Yutani Headquarters.

Other concept art featured Ripley in a Space Jockey pilot mask and a pissed off Queen Xenomorph. It was the stuff and dreams and nightmares are made of. But according to Blomkamp, this was just something that he was working on by himself. He tweeted that the studio had nothing to do with it.

It might have helped his case when he shared it with Sigourney Weaver and she expressed her enthusiasm for his ideas that he shared with her while she was working on Chappie.

Someone at 20th Century Fox noticed the implosion and Variety is reporting that they have closed a deal with Blomkamp to direct a new Alien film. The director shared the following message on his Instagram account earlier today.


 

Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on


The other good news is that this will happen apart from Ridley Scott's second Prometheus film. However, Scott will produce this other Alien film through his Scott Free.

It has not been confirmed whether this new film will follow the story in Blomkamp's mind when he came up with this conceptual art. Nor do we know yet if Ripley/Weaver or Hicks/Biehn will return once again.

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Ard VijnFebruary 19, 2015 4:45 AM

For some reason, the environment shots in this gallery make me want to call this film NEON GENESIS EVANG-ALIENS!

dx_xbFebruary 19, 2015 10:42 AM

After watching this I will never need to watch another movie ever again

ManateeAdvocateFebruary 19, 2015 12:13 PM

I remember these conceptional pieces. Very exciting stuff to be certain. Figured it was just pipe dreaming since Hicks was there. I guess anything's possible. So, that being said, can we please ignore Alien 3 (which I love despite all the rampant hate) and Alien Resurrection (terrible) so that we can have Michael Biehn back? Please?

Graham Ian Mann GogsFebruary 19, 2015 3:02 PM

The space jockey's ship is way too small in the image.

StuFebruary 19, 2015 4:24 PM

Interesting interview with Blomkamp: http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/...

It appears that Fox was downright eager to make the film, and that Blomkamp is the one who was resistant to the idea.

Even more shockingly, Blomkamp alludes to doubts about whether he would ever make any film again, citing frustrations with Hollywood. One wonders how much of this is residual frustration from Elysium, or whether his vision for Chappie has also been affected.

Dude, go back to working with PJ & Weta in NZ.

Todd BrownFebruary 19, 2015 4:30 PM

Man ... if he's frustrated with Hollywood I've got something I'd LOOOOOVE to put in front of him to do as a Canada-South African indie co-pro ...

StuFebruary 19, 2015 5:09 PM

Make it so!

LeelooJune 15, 2015 2:48 PM

I've been waiting for news about this for years. They need to get on with it, like now. I am not getting any younger and neither is Ripley. I don't want to see a 90 year old Alien slayer. So start making the movie already. Please.