Thursday, 19 February 2015

Neill Blomkamp to direct Alien



In January District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted his original concept art for Alien on Instagram, which attracted the attention of fans, across the globe, in the hopes the beleaguered franchise may return to its nightmarish roots...

“So I think this is officially my next film,” the director wrote on Instagram.

Trade paper Variety then confirmed Blomkamp has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct the next Alien movie. This is unrelated to producer Ridley Scott's Prometheus 2.

District 9 and Elysium had rich political subtexts that failed to deliver on their initial premise. Both movies descended into generic Hollywood blockbuster fare in the final act.

However, the notion of another Alien movie, pitting the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, is mouthwatering. There's going to be xenomorphs and, possibly, Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley. What's not to like?

It's speculated the new movie will be a reboot a la JJ Abrams' Star Trek and follows events depicted in James Cameron's, seminal sequel, Aliens. Fans of the series will find out in 2016.

Can Blomkamp resurrect Alien? Let me know in the comments below.