The director of the acclaimed District 9 and (the less so) Elysium has been circulating pieces of concept art for a new installment in the Alien franchise. After months of rumor and wishful thinking, we now have confirmation that Neill Blomkamp will indeed be filming the next adventure in the Alien universe. Hit the jump for more details!
The rumor mill has been spinning wildly when it came to whether or not Neill Blomkamp’s Alien art would bear any edible fruit. With FOX confirming that the film will see the light of day, it seems that we will indeed be eating well. Via Blomkamp’s personal Instagram post of a Xenomorph the news was released to the world, “um… So I think it’s officially my next film.”
Say what you will about Blomkamp’s narratives but one thing the man does extremely well is visuals. With his knack for crafting insanely detailed creatures Alien seems like a match made in heaven. His work on District 9 was simply gorgeous and the tale he weaved around the mechs, weapons and aliens was simply outstanding. Elysium was a slight step back in terms of plot, treading familiar ground from his last film, but the imagery and CG was to die for. His next film, Chappie, looks to be yet another look at segregation and repression between upper and lower classes. Even if Blomkamp does like to ring the same narrative bell, his worlds are inventive and beautiful.
Having him work within an existing universe may help him to reach a new level in his film making career. He won’t have to come up with a plot out of the blue and the films building towards his own will help influence his narrative choices. Blomkamp helming a main universe film is, without question, a great thing.
To top off this news, Sigourney Weaver, Ripley herself, has expressed interest in returning to the franchise. This is a big day for Alien fans and the sci-fi world.
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) February 18, 2015
FOX has confirmed that the planned Prometheus 2 is still very much in development by Ridley Scott and will be hitting theaters in addition to this new film. Scott is also said to be producing both his own, and Blomkamp’s installments. What do you think of this news? Do you like the idea of Neill Blomkamp taking the reigns of this much loved franchise? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all the latest!