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Neill Blomkamp Claims 'High Possibility' of Doing His 'Alien' Movie

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February 10, 2015
Source: Uproxx

Neill Blomkamp / Alien

Just after the start of the New Year, District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp began posting some concept art from a project that no one really knew he was working on. This wouldn't have been a super big deal except that the artwork seemed to indicate that the project he was working on was some kind of Alien sequel, complete with drawings of Sigourney Weaver wearing a space jockey outfit and more. At the time, Blomkamp said it was a project that he didn't think he was working on anymore, but in a recent interview with Uproxx, he's changed his tune and says there's a "high possibility" he'll actually make it.

First of all, Blomkamp explains how this project came about:

"Basically, what happened was, when Chappie got heavily into post-production, I could take my foot off the gas a bit. I was thinking about what I wanted to do next and I’ve been wanting to make an Alien film for like years and years.

Speaking to Sigourney Weaver, when we were doing Chappie, she set off a bunch of thoughts in my head — I had come up with an idea that didn’t have Sigourney, it was a different idea. But I spent all of the shooting time with her, it was like, holy shit, that could actually be really interesting. 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."

#ripley #hicks

Una foto publicada por Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) el

So why isn't this a project in active development? Well, it sounds it's up to Blomkamp whether or not the project actually moves forward. When interviewer Mike Ryan says that someone at Fox should listen to him about this project, he explains, "That’s not the problem, actually…I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it." He explains that if he called Fox right this minute and told him he would make an Alien movie, it would be a done deal. But Blomkamp just wasn't sure if that was something he wanted to dive into, even after all this hard work. But why?

Well, Blomkamp explains that he just gets exhausted with Hollywood. After Chappie, the director says, "I just wasn’t sure if I was going to do another film, like, at all. Sometimes Hollywood just sort of gets to me. I love movies, but Hollywood itself is a difficult animal to negotiate. So, then I was like, if I don’t do any, I should put some of this artwork out and that’s exactly what happened." And the reaction might have gotten Blomkamp out of his funk enough to make the movie, because he says, "There’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made." Shut up, and take my money.

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  • ragethorn
    Please God!
  • TheOct8pus
    I hope Spiderman will be in it too....sorry....I can't shake the hype...
    • Angry Lester
      haha!!
  • Trey
    Interesting
  • Chris
    The bit about him possibly not wanting to make another film after Chappie scared me a bit. If he ends up walking away from filmmaking then I hope he applies his artistic sensibilities to video games or graphic novels. Dude's visual style is just too damn good to be put away after 3 movies.
  • Jon Odishaw
    Id rather see his Halo movie but id also rather see an alien movie than him quit film making.
  • Xerxexx
    Ignore Alien 3 and continue after Aliens.
    • OfficialJab
      I'd keep them all... I loved Alien 3 other than the bad effects on the alien when it was moving. Resurrection was goofy but idgaf.
    • I really didnt think A3 was that bad. It was just so so depressive and dark. Lots of dialog, character development and the cgi is some of the worst seeing in a movie. Still. I like its seriousness and desperate atmosphere. I thought the casting was really good. It was Finchers first flick. He hated working on it, too much pressure. Still it could have been worse.
      • Angry Lester
        Wait, what? You say here the casting was good then above you say it was aweful?!?
        • This discussion here is about Alien 3 and 4. Stop twisting my opinion around ,twat.
          • SalsaBandit
            You're an idiot
          • Your obsession with me is hilarious. Its ironic being called a troll by a nameless nobody who adds nothing to the discussion but being....a troll himself. BTW: bye bye :)
        • SalsaBandit
          You're talking to a known troll...Sascha is a moron
    • avconsumer2
      Split timeline via Sulaco flying too close to a black hole on return trip (a'la new Trek... kinda). I love it. Sign me up.
  • OfficialJab
    With or without Ripley, I hope it's a female lead. That's a big deal to this franchise. Ghostbusters however can go right in the damn bin.
    • After seeing Edge of Tomorrow, I could totally see Emily Blunt kick more alien ass.
  • RAW_D
    I feel that Alien: Resurrection was a poor ending to an awesome franchise. I think he's got the chops and a decent story to see it be laid to rest properly....or reinvigorate the franchise to see several needless and less than stellar sequels spawned because of studio greed. I guess we'll see.
    • AR had so much potential. I liked the Cloning idea. I like the idea of them breeding Aliens thinking they could tame them. Weavers acting was top notch however (and trust me i love some french movies to death) the silliness of it all and some really awful casting (Ryder) and that ending?
      • RAW_D
        I agree. I loved the whole aspect of it (especially the space smugglers) but overall it just didn't work. And it was really, really, REALLY slimy and kind of gross compared to the other Alien movies, with the whole suggestive Alien/Human sexual element.
        • crystaltowers
          AR's style is best described as "cartoon gore". The tone was so far removed from Alien/Aliens/Alien 3, it was embarrassing. But one look at City Of The Lost Children and they should have known that Jean Pierre Jeunet's kooky style was simply not right for the Alien universe. And as you guys say, the ending was awful beyond words.
      • SalsaBandit
        Did it ever occur to you that he wanted to ignore Alien 3 because Ripley and Hicks both died? Stop being such a presumptuous troll...did you run out anti-nolan crap to spew?
        • Salsa, register with a real name a real picture and your comment has some sense of weight. At this point, you're an anonymous twat mouthing off some bullshit now twice back to back. PS Nothing in my AR post is presumptions (if your bad spelling is what you mean)? Its my own opinion. Dont like it? Dont read it and move that stick out of your stinky ass. thx.
          • SalsaBandit
            douchebag
        • Angry Lester
          I really don't understand this argumentative response.
  • Even tho Elysium really wasn't good, D9 was and then some. His visual style is bar none and i'd die to see his take on the Alien franchise.
    • SalsaBandit
      You're a nut if you think Elysium was bad...a certifiable nut
      • I think most people misspeak when they talk bout Elysium. In truth, it pales in comparison to District 9. It's like the opposite trajectory of say Batman Begins to The Dark Knight.
        • Angry Lester
          I don't get it.
      • blah blah..because your opinion is a fact and so it makes me a nut? I didnt say it was bad. I said it wasn't good.
        • Tester
          U blast almost everyone's opinion on this site and now U get defensive when someone does the same to U ?? Grow up !! btw, I agree with your initial comment
      • Angry Lester
        It's his opinion, he has a right to his as does everyone.
  • crystaltowers
    I'd rather see Neill have a go, than see Ridley have another go. Not after Prometheus.
    • ff
      Yeah I hear ya but meh to both really
  • TyeFighterPilot
    I just hope they have a whole new take on the Xenomorph. They need to show us something we didn't see or know about the creature. And please don't take any ideas from any AVP movies.
    • VAharleywitch
      AVP movies, I agree - the DH AVP comics/books, not a bad well to pull from.
  • Angry Lester
    I love the idea of another Alien movie with Weaver and Michael Biehn. They never should have killed those characters off in the other ones. They could either do this as a follow up to Aliens or just call it an alternate story path. And we never did actually see Bill Paxton die so let's say he escaped somehow... that would be awesome. "They mostly come out at night, mostly".
  • avconsumer2
    Ugh... if Giger were only still around to mix the design up with this guy. Now that... That'd be somethin'.
  • ff
    Eh
  • Trey Wilson
    This needs to happen. D9 was phenomenal. Elysium. although flawed, was very solid sci-fi, and Chappie looks amazing. I can only image a Blomkamp version of Alien.
  • Bill
    I'd love another Alien movie, I just don't see why it needs Weaver (no disrespect meant).
    • VAharleywitch
      While I wouldn't mind Weaver's Ripley in it, I would not want her to remain main focus. A proper hand-off to a younger character (male or female) would be wonderful.
  • DAVIDPD
    To the guy who said it was not going to happen in the original article, "fuck off!" I called this shit then.
  • MaqueeStalker
    Alien is pretty well played out. How are they going to make this fresh? I just don't see it being good Blomkamp or no.

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