The internet exploded with excitement last month when District 9/Chappie director Neill Blomkamp showed off concept art for an Alien sequel he hoped to make. The project, it seemed, was merely for fun, as Fox was not aware that it was one he was playing around with.
The disappointment was palpable when fans realized that the film wasn’t one they’d ever be able to actually see, though Blomkamp now says that there’s a very high likelihood he may actually direct the film – someday.
In an interview with Coming Soon, the director opened up about the project, revealing that he’s very much interested in bringing his vision to life – and Fox is apparently on board with his idea.
“Fox didn’t know that I was developing it, so in that sense, it was completely unsanctioned and just basically for fun,” said Blomkamp. “To me, it wasn’t for fun. To me, that was what I wanted to do next, and I spent a lot of time doing it, and there was a lot of effort that went into. Like when I could take breaks between Chappie’s post-production winding down as VFX got under control.”
“The issue was more like whether I feel like directing another film at all,” he continued. “Not really whether Alien is the right or wrong film, if that makes sense. [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.”
“Alien and Aliens are probably my favorite films so was I was like, ‘Shit, I wouldn’t mind messing around in that world for a bit’ so I just sort of self-funded the artists to work on the artwork. I did way more artwork than I released, probably ten times more and did a lot of writing. I have a pretty cool film just in case it happens.”
In a similar interview with Uproxx, Blomkamp suggested that the only thing standing between him and making his dream Alien film is, quite simply, himself.
“I’m the problem,” he told the site. “Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it.”
Blomkamp’s concept art featured both Corporal Hicks and ‘final girl’ Ellen Ripley, and when Coming Soon asked Sigourney Weaver if she’d be interested in reprising the iconic role, she seemed to be up for the task.
“[Neil] kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We’ll see what happens,” said Weaver. “If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”
To refresh your memory, check out all the concept art below, and join me in praying to the good lord above that this project gets off the ground – VERY, VERY, VERY SOON!
Yes, that’s totally Ripley in a… Xenomorph suit?! WANT.