Awhile back, we reported to you on some very interesting Instagram pictures that seemed to detail director Neill Blomkamp’s vision for a future film in the Alien franchise. In addition to some solidly unsettling creature and environment design work were some mocked up images apparently showing what the return of Ellen Ripley and Dwayne Hicks could look like in a new installment. If the following ends up being true, then something made on a whim may end up becoming a reality.
In an interview with Uproxx, Blomkamp detailed his motivation to make the Alien-centric images, which he did in the post-production process on his current film, Chappie. Blomkamp spent a great deal of time with Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, and she was apparently one of the catalysts that sent Blomkamp in a direction to not only think up a new Alien film, but to include Ripley. He said,
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.
When asked directly by the interviewer if he would do it or not, Blomkamp seemed reticent to answer fully. When asked if the problem was convincing 20th Century Fox, the owners of the Alien franchise, if it was something they could be interested in, Blomkamp seemed very sure of not only their amenability to the idea, but their enthusiasm for it as well.
Me. I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it…I just have to mentally agree with that.
A new film with involvement from Weaver and potentially other stars from the original films would likely be a shot in the arm for the franchise on film. Later films in the series like David Fincher’s Alien 3 and the bizarre Alien Resurrection did very few favors for the long term prospects of the franchise, which were watered down even further by two mediocre Alien vs. Predator films in 2004 and 2007, respectively. 2012’s Prometheus, a prequel film loosely based on the original Alien film, also did little to revitalize the overall tone of the franchise. Only last year’s spectacular video game Alien: Isolation seemed to be the one entry to “get it right” in recent years, but Blomkamp may be exactly what the doctor ordered in regards to kickstarting the series on film once again.
The last solid news we heard about Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus is that the script was being rewritten, and that news is now nearly a year old, which may not bode well for that film. Time will ultimately tell if Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver can bring us a new Alien film, so let’s hope there’s more truth and possibility to this as time goes on. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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