After debuting concept art for an Alien movie he always wanted to make, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed yesterday that the project may actually happen at 20th Century Fox. Some of the drawings featured Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, who is wearing a space jockey helmet in one illustration, and Aliens star Michael Biehn as Hicks. While also doing press for Chappie, Sigourney Weaver revealed that she would actually be interested in returning as Ripley, if this project ever comes to fruition.
"He kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We'll see what happens."
When asked if she felt there was more she wanted to explore with her beloved and iconic Ripley character, the actress had this to say.
"It's not that so much is that we just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move onto other things and I didn't want to go to Earth. I didn't want to manufacture a sequel and I felt like we were starting to do that. 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."
The site also spoke to Neill Blomkamp, who said that 20th Century Fox had no idea he was developing this story and creating the artwork. When asked if it was something he was just doing for fun, or something he wanted to actually make, the director had this to say.
"It was sort of both. Fox didn't know that I was developing it, so in that sense, it was completely unsanctioned and just basically for fun. 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. 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, 'Sh*t, 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."
The director added that he hasn't met with 20th Century Fox about his ideas quite yet, but he still teases that the project may happen.
"Fox was blindsided by it, which wasn't my intention. I just wanted to share artwork with people that liked the franchise. I don't know whether it's going to happen or not. We'll see."