Remember the incredible Alien concept art from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp that was totally excellent, "woulda rocked" by the director's own admission, but appeared unlikely to ever become a reality? Well, it's edging marginally closer to hitting the screen.
Speaking with both Uproxx and Coming Soon whilst on the press circuit for Blomkamp's Chappie, both the director and Alien star Sigourney Weaver have discussed the potential of bringing the ideas to life.
According to Coming Soon, Blomkamp said he was "inspired by speaking to [Weaver] on set when we were filming Chappie," leading him to put his own money into a creative team to work on the concept designs. Weaver shared "thoughts on Alien and what she thought of the movies that came after Aliens and what she felt about Ripley and what was incomplete for her about Ripley. There was so much fuel in what she was telling me.”
“Fox was blindsided by it, which wasn’t my intention,” he told Coming Soon. “I just wanted to share artwork with people that liked the franchise. I don’t know whether it’s going to happen or not. We’ll see.”
However, speaking to Uproxx, Blomkamp made it sound as if Fox would be interested in the project.
"Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it," he said, admitting that "I'm the problem", with the director currently struggling "to mentally agree with" committing to the project.
Speaking to Coming Soon, Weaver at least sounds open and hopeful about the whole thing.
“He kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We’ll see what happens,” she told Coming Soon.
"I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”
If any friends or family of Blomkamp are reading this, do us a favour; secretly meet with Fox executives, get them to draw up a watertight contract for a new Alien film, get Neil out on the town, get him suitably plastered, disguise the contract as a birthday card that he has to sign for a dear friend, and GET THIS FILM MADE. [Coming Soon via Uproxx]