Neill Blomkamp confirms new Alien movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 February 2015
Neill Blomkamp

Neill Blomkamp

South African-Canadian director Neill Blomkamp has confirmed he is to make a new 'Alien' movie, after agreeing a deal with 20th Century Fox

Neill Blomkamp is to make a new 'Alien' movie.

The 35-year-old South African-Canadian director has agreed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make the eagerly-awaited new film, following intense speculation over the last few weeks.

Blomkamp confirmed the news on Instagram, posting an image of an alien and writing: "Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien (sic)"

The untitled sci-fi movie is separate from the Ridley Scott-produced 'Prometheus 2', according to Variety, with the new 'Alien' film said to be based years after the 'Prometheus' sequel.

Blomkamp recently revealed his interest in the project, having spoken to veteran 'Alien' actress Sigourney Weaver about the iconic movie while they were making their new film 'Chappie'.

He explained: "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."

Despite this, it remains unclear whether Weaver will appear in the new film.

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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