Chappie director Blomkamp’s Alien sequel has hit the brakes to give way to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Will he ever catch back up?
There was a period of a few months this year when we had two separate alien sequels on the horizon. The first was from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the second was from the xeno-daddy himself Ridley Scott. So we felt pretty damn good about ourselves. But in this town (or whatever town you’re currently in) there’s apparently only room for one Alien sequel. So who do you imagine will be taking the back seat on the franchise? You guessed it, Ridley Scott! No just joking it’s Blomkamp.
According to Slashfilm.com the news is that Blomkamp will be putting his dream project on the back burner while Scott‘s Alien: Paradise Lost gets given priority from Fox. The news was broken as it always is by an emotionally ambiguous tweet from Blomkamp:
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
As well as emotionally ambiguous, it’s also factually ambiguous. There’s no mention of Scott or Paradise Lost, or why the project has been delayed. It’s a reasonable guess that Fox don’t want to put too many eggs in a shared universe basket, given their recent eager beavery with the Amazing Spiderman franchise. So the odds are they want to see how people respond to Paradise Lost before they give a release date for Blomkamp‘s project.
There’s also a bit of a popularity contest to consider. Scott just made a killing with The Martian and is once again a very hot commodity after a string of divisive projects. Blomkamp on the other hand has seen a diminishing return post-District 9 with Elysium and Chappie. It’s also worth considering that Prometheus itself split Alien fans down the middle, so there may not be a strong enough foundation to support two simultaneous additions to the franchise.
Despite Blomkamp‘s recent project issues, fans of the director and the franchise alike are eager to see what he could bring to the table. Also, with the amount of hype following Blomkamp‘s release of his own Alien artwork, fans certainly want to see the ideas come to fruition.
Watch this space for all the latest Alien movie news.
Hey, did you hear that Neill Blomkamp is directing a new Alien film? I know it’s pretty cool. The director behind District 9 and Chappie released some unofficial artwork a month or two back and last week dropped the bombshell that an Alien sequel would be his next project.
Unfortunately, like any half decent movie news, the big reveal raises ten questions for every one it answers. What’s the plot? Where will it take place? What kind of xenomorphs will then be? Will it follow the original canon? And six other questions I guess. The good news is that Blomkamp is more than happy to oblige and has revealed more about the project, including ties to franchise star Sigourney Weaver‘s character Ripley. Screenrant reports that in an interview with Sky News, Blomkamp explained that his new film would go small bang in the middle of the original quadrilogy! Here’s exactly what the mad genius had to say for himself:
“I want this film to feel like it’s literally the genetic sibling of ‘Aliens.’ So it’s ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens,’ and then this movie.”
So it looks like Blomkamp is disregarding Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in order to carry on the story left of by the second film. While this might leave some diehard fans who wanted a followup to Resurrection a little peeved, the choice makes a lot of sense. The elements of horror and sci-fi that made the first two Alien films great got a little diluted in the last two films, in an attempt to bust alien out of its tight dark corridors and ventilation shafts. But it looks as though that’s exactly what Blomkamp is looking for this time around:
“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing. To try to put the audience on the edge of their seat, in a traditional monster stalking you in a dark corridor way.”
It sounds as though Blomkamp knows exactly what he wants this film to be already, and if it can draw on the atmosphere of Alien and Aliens, then he’ll already he off to a flying start.
Blomkamp also explains that his decision for his film’s story and location in the canon has stemmed in no small part from conversations with Weaver, who has stated that she felt there was a part of Ripley’s story left untold. This ties in with the artwork Blomkamp released that was very Ripley-centric. Does this mean Weaver will be returning for Blomkamp’s chapter, or will she pass on the mantle to another actor? It’s hard to tell right now, but hopefully she’ll be bringing as much experience and insight to the table as possible.
What do you think is next for Ripley?
Face hugs, face hugs for everyone! If that joke is a mystery to you then you might be equally baffled by the general excitement in the air at the news of a brand new Alien movie. From whom? Well, from Neil Blomkamp of course!
The sci-fi wunderkind had mentioned in recent weeks that 20th Century Fox might be interested in making an alien movie he was connected too. As verbal contracts go, it was pretty soggy and likely to tear. But now Deadline has reported that Blomkamp has officially been hired for the gig. The director himself also teased the news on Twitter with a delightfully unambiguous image.
This is one of those news stories that’s been on the boil for a couple of months now. We reported on some particularly teasing artwork that Blomkamp released in connection to an alien project that the District 9 director was batting around. Unfortunately they seemed to be a pipe dream as Blomkamp was busy working on his latest Sci fi project Chappie. Don’t get me wrong, Chappie looks fantastic in its own right, but the 90’s lad in me got all tingly at the idea of a new alien movie. And from the looks of the artwork it was going to be a far-cry from original Alien director Ridley Scott‘s xenomorph follow up Prometheus, which was more alien adjacent and left a lot of fans pining. The concept was not only steeped in hella aliens, but there were also images of franchise characters Ripley and hicks, played by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn respectively. Whether or not the two actors will be in any way connected to this project is still very much up in the air, but hopefully something will be let slip very soon.
This is very exciting news for the franchise and for fans. With franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars being handed off to innovative directors like J.J. Abrams to great effect, there’s certainly something to be said for injecting an old favourite with some new blood- especially if that blood is scary green space acid. We’ll have more on this as the story develops, but for now just have a seat, watch all the alien movies again and make wild speculations about what the next film could be about. That’s what I’m gonna do.
If you happened to catch the first trailer for Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi endeavour Chappie, you might have thought that the story of an innocent artificial intelligence learning to grow and live in a world turned against it is a heart-warming one. But it turns out that’s only one side of the coin. Entertainment Weekly has revealed a second trailer for the project that definitely has more bite to it. While the first trailer focussed more on Dev Patel’s role as the scientist who is nurturing the robot’s chldish, inquisitive nature, this second trailer has a tone that’s more akin to the Robocop reboot: footage of robot police squads, the people opposed to them and the scientists who see the potential. But as it plays out, we see a sensibility that goes beyond a not-especially-memorable reboot. Check it out, courtesy of Sony:
Quite a transformation right? This movie is definitely going to be a strong combination of action and character development, which is a tough line to walk especially in the sci-fi world. There’s a lot of District 9, a previous Blomkamp project (which also took place in South Africa), in the way this film’s put together, which is a very good sign. Along with Patel, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Sigoruney Weaver, rappers Die Antwoord and Blomkamp favourite Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie. The film will hit theatres March 6th and I’m more buzzed for it than ever.
Are you digging Chappie?