The current state of the Alien franchise is a little confusing, to say the least. In one corner, you have Ridley Scott planning to make a sequel to his prequel, Prometheus. In the other corner, you have Neill Blomkamp, still plugging away at Alien 5, which may or may not ignore the third and fourth entries in the original series. In fact, the sheer amount of Alien stuff in the works seems to have clogged up the pipes. If a new report is to be believed, Blomkamp’s film is being put on the back burner until Scott can make Prometheus 2 a reality.
It was only a couple of months ago that we were posting updates on Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie just about every other day, as the director was hit with a barrage of questions about the upcoming project during the press tour for Chappie (oh hey, remember Chappie?). It’s been a while since we got an update on Blomkamp’s Alien project, but the director has revealed a new piece of concept art featuring a couple of familiar faces.
Another day, another batch of information from director Neill Blomkamp about his upcoming Alien project. Previously, we learned that the new film would take place between Ridley Scott’s Alien and its sequel, Aliens, and although it’s avoiding Alien 3 and Resurrection, it’s not going to mess with the canon established in those films…somehow. Blomkamp’s new project also won’t interfere with Prometheus 2, though the director reveals that he did have to make some changes to keep the films from overlapping.
About a week ago, Academy Award-nominated director Ruairi Robinson debuted a proof-of-concept teaser for The Leviathan, an ambitious sci-fi project written by Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls. The teaser was so impressive that it’s drawn the attention of Neill Blomkamp and X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who have just come on board to produce the project.
It’s very telling how little Neill Blomkamp is talking about Chappie and how much time he’s spent talking about his Alien concept during press rounds—like a magician performing a little bit of misdirection. Following the official announcement that Blomkamp is indeed working on a new Alien installment for Fox, the director and Sigourney Weaver have both been very talkative about the project, revealing that this new film takes place between the first two. The latest update from Blomkamp hints that his Alien movie might actually be two movies.
The technology in Neil Blomkamp’s movies is so fully realized and intricately detailed that it feels like another one of his characters. Now Blomkamp’s made Chappie, a film where that’s literally true in the form of a police robot given the gift of human consciousness. The result is one giant metaphor for itself; a story of the world’s first true artificial intelligence and how it is almost corrupted by violence, presented in a movie where any semblance of serious consideration of what it means to be alive is drowned out by gunfire, explosions, and macho posing.
At this point it seems like a done deal that Neill Blomkamp is making a new Alien movie as his follow-up to this week’s Chappie. And it also seems like a done deal that Sigourney Weaver, the star of all four previous Alien movies, will be joining him to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. But Blomkamp’s said he envisions his film connecting directly to Alien and Aliens, and the concept art he put on Instagram that sparked all this mishegas included images of Ripley alongside Hicks, the Space Marine played by Michael Biehn in Aliens. Does that mean Biehn will be back for Blomkamp’s Alien as well?
Neill Blomkamp sure is talking about every other Blomkamp project except Chappie, his new film hitting theaters next week. Mostly, he’s been talking about his plans for a new Alien movie, officially in development at Fox, and in between all of that Alien talk, he’s also admitted his errors with Elysium. It’s been a busy week for Blomkamp, who implied that his Alien project would ignore Alien 3 and Resurrection, the sequels to James Cameron’s more beloved original films. But now the director is backtracking, and he wants to make something clear: he’s not actually ignoring those films after all—not really, anyway.
Following Neill Blomkamp’s impressive debut with District 9, we couldn’t wait to see what the inventive new filmmaker would deliver next. Four years after District 9, Blomkamp gave us Elysium, a visually stunning but ultimately disappointing sci-fi film with bad performances from pretty much everyone except Matt Damon. With Chappie about to hit theaters and all this talk of his new Alien movie, Blomkamp has our full attention, and he’s using this opportunity to discuss what went wrong with Elysium.
Neill Blomkamp is currently out on the press trail for his upcoming sci-fi movie Chappie. But mostly he’s stumping for his initially theoretical, now-official Alien sequel, because that’s pretty much all he’s talking about. It’s definitely his next project, and it will definitely star Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, who has done battle with H.R. Giger’s drippy xenomorphs in four previous Alien films.