A little over a month ago, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp showed off some insanely cool concept art he made for a new Alien movie. It’s great stuff that’s exciting to consider, but it was unofficial material so that left us wondering, did he just do all of it for fun or was there ever a time when he was in the running to direct a new installment of the franchise?
While out promoting his third feature, Chappie, I got the opportunity to get a little more clarification on the situation. Check out what Blomkamp told me when I asked him why he made that concept art to begin with:
“There was a reason. I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when Chappie was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about Alien all the time. Alien and Aliens are my favorite films. So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, ‘I might as well put some art out.’ But I may make it. I don’t know. That’s where it stands.”
There you have it. Blomkamp really could wind bringing the concept art to screen in his very own Alien movie. Clearly nothing is official, but Blomkamp is certainly very interested and it seems as though the studio may be as well, and even at this very early, uncertain stage, I’m already immensely more excited for it than the Prometheus sequel.