So Neill Blomkamp’s Alien movie is a go.
The District 9 and Elysium director is set to helm the fifth film in the Alien saga, after he confirmed on Twitter late last month that his next film would indeed be an Alien follow up.
Impregnating the internet like a horny facehugger by teasing several pieces of concept art earlier this year, (pictured above and below), the South African filmmaker has been given the green light by 20th Century Fox and producer Ridley Scott to carry on with the franchise Scott began in 1979.
Speaking on the Empire magazine podcast, Blomkamp reveals that the idea of making an Alien movie was one he’d been thinking about for a while.
“I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I had a bunch of different ideas for different films. My favourite, on a gut instinct, artistic level, was Alien, by a long way.
“If you go back even three or four years, I’ve wanted to make a film in that genre, in that franchise. I’d come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney (Weaver) on the set of Chappie, I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again.”
Well Mr Blomkamp you presumed wrong, as the baddest bitch in sci-fi, Lt. Ripley, is back, and will of course be played by none other than Sigourney Weaver.
In an interview with Variety whilst on the red carpet for Blomkamp’s latest film, Chappie, Weaver confirmed that she will be reprising the iconic role, whilst stating that Blomkamp’s approach to the Alien universe will certainly be interesting.
“I can’t think of a better director. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”
Blomkamp’s as yet untitled Alien movie (we’ll call it Alien V) is still very much in its early stages, but will probably be set for release some time in 2017.
Until then, all we have are questions.
Questions such as will Michael Biehn’s Cpl. Hicks be back in action? And will the movie be a direct follow on from Alien: Resurrection? And what does this mean for Ridley Scott’s proposed Prometheus follow up?
Actually, scrap that last one. Nobody cares about you Prometheus.
Chappie is out now in cinemas. (UK).