Neill Blomkamp reveals plan to make new Alien movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2015
Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp

South African film-maker Neill Blomkamp says Hollywood will give the go-ahead to his take on 'Alien', but has not decided whether he wants to proceed with the film

Neill Blomkamp thinks Hollywood will give the go-ahead to his take on 'Alien'.

In January, the South African film-maker released 'Alien'-themed concept art work of Sigourney Weaver - who starred in the original films, as well as Blomkamp's new movie 'Chappie' - and has now revealed that the only obstacle remaining is whether or not he wants to proceed with the plan.

He explained: "Basically, 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 like years and years."

Blomkamp said his conversations with Weaver, 65, increased his appetite for a new 'Alien' movie.

He told Uproxx: "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 s***, 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."

However, he added: "I'm the problem. [The film studio] Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it."

Alien: Covenant

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Written by: Michael Green
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez
  • UK release: 12 May 2017

The spaceship Covenant ends up on an unknown planet littered with little egg things, which can’t be good. The latest in the franchise is basically an excuse for Scott’s fantastic visuals and a series of more or less ingenious variations on grisly death, although some will enjoy the spectacle of Fassbender kissing himself.

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