In the movie news world, 2015 got off to a bang when “District 9” and “Elysium” surprised everyone and posted online a massive stash of concept art for a film project he was tinkering with for his own reasons – what appeared to be a direct follow-up to James Cameron’s 1986 effort “Aliens” that seemingly ignored both “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection”.
The art showed Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Hicks along with scenes set inside what seems to be Weyland Yutani headquarters and the crashed ship wreckage from LV-426. Blomkamp shared the artwork during post-production on next month’s sci-fi drama “Chappie” and admitted it was not official in anyway and that the studio “didn’t really even know I was working on it”.
With the press junket for that film having just been held, Blomkamp was asked by Uproxx about the artwork and the reaction to it. It turns out his “Chappie” actress Sigourney Weaver became something of a muse for this flight of fancy:
“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 years and years.
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.”
Even more surprising it’s no longer just a pipe dream, it seems 20th Century Fox is interested in making a movie based on the artwork and story he came up with. Blomkamp says: “there’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made.”
So what’s the hold up? Turns out it’s not Fox, but the filmmaker himself who isn’t keen on dealing with studio politics:
“Me. I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it… If it’s going to happen, it has to be on my terms. So, I came up with it and I’m bringing this to you. It’s not like, ‘Would you like to do Spider-Man 36?’ I still love it, I love the idea of the movie and I produced way more art than I put out.”
Whether we’ll see said project come to light, it’s wait and see. For now Fox is still said to be proceeding with their “Prometheus” sequel which Ridley Scott is expected to tackle once he wraps work on “The Martian”.