Neill Blomkamp just announced that he will be directing a new film in the classic Aliens franchise. After fueling rumours on instagram last month, the South African director posted a message on his account confirming his next film will indeed be the new Alien movie.
Demonstrating the sheer power of social media; the project, which did not exist a month ago, was essentially willed into existence by Blomkamp and the legions of fans of the franchise.
Ps this has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not show some work-— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 2, 2015
His original concept art offers cold, hard nostalgia for the fans. We still don't know if Sigourney Weaver's iconic heroine Ellen Ripley will be featured but we'll have to hope for the best, because going by the artwork, she seems to be part of Blomkamp's vision.
After the disappointing Alien: Resurrection (1997) the franchise went off the rails. Ridley Scott, director of the original Alien (1979), put some new life in the series with Prometheus (2012), a tangential spin-off set before the events of the first film that divided audiences but earned a respectable $400 million worldwide.
A sequel to Prometheus is still on the cards and reports suggest Blomkamp's film will be set after its events. Scott is set to direct the Prometheus sequel after completing production on The Martian. He is also producing the new Alien film under his Scott Free banner.
Blomkamp burst onto the scene with the excellent small-budget sci-fi film District 9 (2009), which earned a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. He followed that with his first big-budget film, Matt Damon starrer Elysium (2013), which wasn't the breakout success everyone thought it would be. He has Chappie coming out in March, starring Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman. His inventive sci-fi filmography and his obvious love for the Alien franchise suggest that he is perfectly suited for the gig. You can be sure the fanboys are pleased, at least.
Blomkamp has some big shoes to fill though: previous directors in the franchise include Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 20th Century Fox, who produce the series have been known to interfere with the production but Blomkamp's appointment suggests a new phase in this venerable franchise's journey.
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