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