In space, no one can hear your pre-production developments being set back. Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp tweeted as much last night when he announced that his upcoming fifth entry under the Alien franchise banner had been put on hold in favor of a sequel to Alien prequel Prometheus, courtesy of the original Alien director Ridley Scott.
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Although it was previously rumored that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost is delaying Neill Blomkamp’s direct Alien sequel, Scott recently clarified that both films will be arriving in the next two years, with Scott heading into production on his Alien prequel in February, and Blomkamp still at work in pre-production, as evidenced by his latest photo — which features a very familiar weapon.
Ridley Scott is heading into production on the newly-titled Alien: Paradise Lost early next year, which has reportedly pushed Neill Blomkamp’s separate Alien movie back just a bit to make room for the Prometheus sequel. Scott hasn’t been shy in discussing plans for the projects — particularly his own — and the director is at it again, teasing more plot details for Alien: Paradise Lost, as well as a potential release date for Blomkamp’s film.
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?