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.
Just a couple of months after he released some fascinating concept art for a new Alien movie, it’s been confirmed that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is indeed working on that new Alien movie for Fox. His artwork was clearly inspired by original Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver, whom we all assumed would definitely star in Blomkamp’s new project. And hey, guess what? She totally is.
Last night, we heard official word that 20th Century Fox was moving forward with director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel and today, we already have one actor expressing his desire to be in it! However, that actor may not be who you expect and his reason for wanting to be in the film is a little unusual. We are talking about the one and only Louis C.K., the comedian and star of FX’s Louie, who wants to star in the new movie just so he can die a horrible onscreen death.
Back in January, director Neill Blomkamp shared some pretty wild and impressive concept art for an unmade Alien movie. When asked about it in February, the director said that Fox was interested in the film, but it was basically up to him to make it. And now it seems like he’s definitely made up his mind, as Blomkamp has officially announced the new Alien project as his next movie.
Remember that incredibly cool ‘Alien’ concept art by ‘District 9’ and ‘Chappie’ director Neill Blomkamp that popped up on Instagram last month? At the time, Blomkamp said he’d developed the images completely on his own without the approval of Fox, the studio that owns the ‘Alien’ franchise, and that he was done working on it, so why not share it? That seemed like the end of the story—talented filmmaker makes what basically amounts to uncommissioned fan art—until our old pal Mike Ryan from Uproxx asked Blomkamp about it at the ‘Chappie’ junket earlier today. And while there’s no ‘Alien’ movie coming from Blomkamp at the moment, he basically said there could be, if he wanted.
This week sees the release of ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ the latest sci-fi adventure from Andy and Lana Wachowski. And while in all likelihood ‘Jupiter Ascending’ will not go down in history as one of the great works of its genre, the occasion of a new sci-fi epic from two of the modern masters of the form seemed like a good time to assess and celebrate the recent highlights of science fiction cinema, which has taken audiences from the furthest reaches of the cosmos to the deepest recesses of the human mind.