From Instagram to a Theater Near You: Neill Blomkamp Directing an 'Alien' Sequel

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 17:20 Written by  iamrogue
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From Instagram to a Theater Near You: Neill Blomkamp Directing an 'Alien' Sequel

The Alien franchise just tore through 20th Century Fox's chest: another sequel to Alien is on the way, and Neill Blomkamp is officially directing the next installment in the biggest scifi horror series out there.

Last month, Blomkamp shared a bunch of concept art for an Alien follow-up that would star Sigourney Weaver and seemingly discard everything that's happened in the story since Aliens, ejecting Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection into the cold vacuum of space.  At the time, Blomkamp's art appeared to be from a sequel that would never happen.

Just last week, however, Blomkamp revealed that his Alien movie was far from hypothetical, saying that he conceived of the project whilst shooting Chappie with Weaver. When I came back to Vancouver, I had an entire year to work on Chappie. And when I wasn’t needed in the edit, I could think about Alien. So, I basically developed an entire movie and I did all of this artwork as well."

"It was a whole story. Then I just wasn’t sure if I was going to do another film, like, at all," he said, adding that Fox was, in fact, eager to make it. "Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it," he declared.

Turns out he wasn't wrong, because the District 9 director just took to Instagram to share an H.R. Giger xenomorph image and announce, "Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien"

Three years ago, original Alien helmer Ridley Scott returned to the series with the divisive prequel Prometheus.  He's still attached to direct a sequel, and according to Variety, Prometheus 2 is still set to be Scott's next movie after The Martian, which arrives in November of this year.

So Fox is now actively cooking up both Alien 5 and Prometheus 2.  But will Weaver really return to the franchise after almost twenty years away?

"We started chatting about it on Chappie, like the first day. And he grew up watching these, I think he broke the tapes he watched them so much… But I was sort of surprised. He sent me a lot of artwork last spring and some ideas, and so you know," she told CinemaBlend last week.

"I think we’ll see what happens," she said. "We’ll see what happens. There’s no one I can imagine that would do a better job."

Based on the artwork he shared, Blomkamp's Alien will also bring back the great Michael Biehn as Dwayne Hicks, everybody's favorite colonial marine.


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