The year kicked off with a big bang in the sci-fi world as acclaimed director Neill Blomkamp revealed he is working on an Alien movie after posting previously unseen concept art to his Instagram account.
He said at the time the art was "a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created."
Now, in a recent interview with Uproxx, the District 9 director said that he has a clear vision for the movie and that Hollywood is ready to green light his highly-anticipated take. He also confirmed that it would be led by original star Sigourney Weaver.
He does, however, remain tight-lipped on a number of teasing clues about what the project will entail.
Could this be the Prometheus cross-over we've all been waiting for?
The biggest clue we have so far is that the artwork features Sigourney in a “space jockey” helmet very similar to what is seen briefly and inexplicably in Alien and in a greater capacity in its spin-off Prometheus. What exactly does this mean?
Watch the space jockey scene in Prometheus below.
Blomkamp did not reveal how his proposed movie connects to other films in the Alien franchise, but said 20th Century Fox is eager to push ahead with plans. He said,
“There’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made,” he said. “I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it.”
Take a look at Blomkamp's concept art:
This is the picture in question. As you can see, Weaver is wearing a similar, perhaps improved, version of the space jockey helmets seen in both Alien and Prometheus.
I have to say, the artwork looks gorgeous.
Does this mean Michael Biehn will return as Hicks, too?
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The Derelict Ship seems to be in some kind of a giant warehouse (presumably inside Weyland Corp).
The level of detail is incredible.
Blomkamp also revealed how the idea to make an Alien movie came about. He said,
“Basically, what happened was, when Chappie got heavily into post-production, I could take my foot off the gas a bit,”
“I was thinking about what I wanted to do next and I’ve been wanting to make an Alien film for like years and years.
His latest sci-fi film, Chappie, which also features Sigourney Weaver, hits cinemas next month. Working with Weaver was apparently the catalyst for the Alien idea:
“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.”
As for the plot line, there's still a lot of guess work going on. Hopefully we'll get more details as the year progresses.
In the meantime, Ridley Scott is supposed to be working on a sequel to Prometheus which, according to reports, will continue the story of Noomi Rapace’s Elisabeth Shaw and android David (Michael Fassbender).
Chappie is released in cinemas March 4, 2015.