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Nicholas Staniforth

There’s been a number of directors in the past that have revealed to the masses films they had in mind, but never got past the walls of their own head. Back in January the world thought Neill Blomkamp’s Alien instalment would be another entry to add to the pile after he uploaded some great concept art to his Instagram account but as it turns out we were dead, dead wrong.

Coming from both Variety and Blomkamp’s own giddy fanboy fuelled digits, 20th Century Fox have had a few words with the chap behind Chappie and cut a deal for him to make a brand new Alien film. Details as you’d expect for a squillion dollar project fuelled by a thousand or so likes are pretty slim. What we do know is that this has been something growing in Blomkamp like a slowly developing chestburster, ever since he worked with Sigourney Weaver on Chappie.

Speaking to last week, Blomkamp explained...

“[Sigourney] knows about it and part of it was just inspired by speaking to her on set when we were filming ‘Chappie,’ and getting her thoughts on ‘Alien’ and what she thought of the movies that came after ‘Aliens’ and what she felt about Ripley and what was incomplete for her about Ripley. There was so much fuel in what she was telling me.”

There’s no telling just where precisely this untiled chapter of the franchise will take off from, considering that Blomkamp’s artwork not only displays Michael Biehn’s scarred soldier Hicks from Aliens, but also Ripley having a xenomorphic conehead ala Alien: Resurrection. One thing that has been confirmed however is that it will be completely separate from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (that gave a nod to the xenomorph’s origin) as well as its upcoming sequel. The Alien director has been confirmed by Variety to be overlooking the project via Scott Free Productions, so we could be seeing another fan/idol collaboration like J.J. Abrams and those films George Lucas has handed over. Star…something, I don’t know.

Is that Ripley’s body? Or a xenomorph space suit?
Is that Ripley’s body? Or a xenomorph space suit?

The outcome of one fans scribbles actually being given the go ahead to be turned into a reality are the stuff filmmaking dreams are made of, and we can only wait and see what develops from it. For now, I’m going off to find my John Rambo and John McClane sketches I did when I was 10 for my proposed action film, The Two Johnnies. Hey, you never know.

What do you make of all this? Are you excited to see Blomkamp take a return trip to LV-426, or was it game over for the franchise long ago? Sound off in the comments below.


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