Neill Blomkamp, the writer and director of District 9 and Chappie, gave us an incredible New Year’s present this year in the form of some mysterious Alien franchise concept art. He didn’t say what the abandoned project was, but it didn’t matter. This was suddenly the entire internet’s #1 dream project.
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…. 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.And from the sound of it, this really was an entire movie.
It was a whole story. Then I just wasn’t sure if I was going to do another film, like, at all… Sometimes Hollywood just sort of gets to me. I love movies, but Hollywood itself is a difficult animal to negotiate. So, then I was like, if I don’t do any, I should put some of this artwork out and that’s exactly what happened.That might sound like a Blomkamp is resigned to never seeing this project happen, but that’s not exactly the case.
It’s not really giving up on the idea… There’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made.So what’s holding the project back? Neill says it’s not politics, and it’s definitely not the studio.
Me. I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it.Well then, Mr. Blomkamp, with all the respect in the world, may I gently urge you to GET THE F*CK ON THAT?