After teasing fans that he had planned an “Alien” movie that didn’t pan out with the studio, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9) revealed this week on his Instagram that 20th Century Fox has hired him to make the movie after all, according to Variety.
Blomkamp said the idea for the “Alien” film was on his mind while he was filming his current movie, Chappie (opening March 6), which features Sigourney Weaver. He told the world Fox didn’t bite on the idea, and the director released a bunch of the concept art that he had worked up featuring Ripley (Weaver), Hicks (Michael Biehn), xenomorphs and some interesting new stuff. Check it out:
But now Fox is onboard.
“So I think this is officially my next film,” Blomkamp wrote on Instagram. It is far from clear, however, if the as-yet untitled movie would be a sequel, some sort of prequel, a reboot or something else entirely.
Blomkamp hasn’t revealed any plot details or whether Weaver is attached — or if Biehn is on tap to revive Corporal Hicks, who (!spoiler alert!) was cavalierly killed off in Alien3. Variety noted that insiders say the new film is set years after Prometheus, the Alien prequel directed by Ridley Scott. Blomkamp’s movie is unrelated to Scott’s Prometheus 2 (but Scott is producing Blomkamp’s flick through his production company, Scott Free).
The post-Prometheus setting means Blomkamp’s film could take place chronologically after Aliens if he wants to do a Star Trek-style alternate universe version of the “Alien” mythos. I don’t think too many fans would complain if Alien3 were to be negated and wiped from the official canon. (That means, in theory, Newt could be brought back, as well!)
Blomkamp has said he’s figured out the whole movie, but whatever his plans, he has to do publicity for Chappie, which stars Hugh Jackman and features Weaver, Sharlto Copley (naturally) and Yo-Landi Visser and Ninja of the controversial South African musical group Die Antwood.