Last month, while working in post-production on his upcoming sci-fi drama Chappie, director Neill Blomkamp shared a number of intriguing concept art illustrations on his Instagram page for an Alien movie that he had in his head. While the illustrations featured original stars such as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and Michael Biehn's Hicks from Aliens, fans were disappointed to learn that they aren't a part of any official Alien sequel. However, it seems that the movie may actually happen now, with Neill Blomkamp revealing in an interview with Collider that 20th Century Fox is interested in making a movie based on his artwork and the story he created. Here's what he had to say, when asked why he posted the artwork last month.
"There was a reason. I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when Chappie was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about Alien all the time. Alien and Aliens are my favorite films. So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn't know what to do, and I didn't know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, 'I might as well put some art out.' But I may make it. I don't know. That's where it stands."
In a separate interview with Uproxx, the director was a bit more optimistic, stating there is "a high possibility" that the movie will happen at 20th Century Fox.
"There's a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made."
"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."
Unfortunately, the director would not divulge any details about the story, including why, in the artwork, Ripley is wearing a space jockey helmet. While we wait to hear more on Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie, you can take a look at the artwork he posted on Instagram last month. Would you pay good money to see a Neill Blomkamp-directed Alien movie starring Sigourney Weaver?