Put a little concept art online and people lose their minds! In this case, we veer over to the viral artwork of District 9 and Elysium helmer Neill Blomkamp whose conceptual pieces have been making the rounds for sometime now with reference to the once short-lived prospects of an Alien sequel.
The original franchise launched by director Ridley Scott in 1979. Starring actress Sigourney Weaver, the film spawned massive cult acclaim among sci-fi geeks, as well as a four-film series in addition to two vs. Preadator-crossover films between 2004 and 2007 before Scott took the helm for the 2012 release of Prometheus, attempting to establish an origin telling in the process. Generally speaking, it wasn’t exactly what fans wanted but the film did enough for a sequel which is now in development…but that’s not all.
It was during the production of Blomkamp‘s upcoming March release of Chappie that several discussions were had with co-star, actress Weaver on hand; Weaver‘s interest in a new film after Alien: Resurrection has been nothing short of unrelenting despite ideas that fell short of expectations from folks like Avengers helmer Joss Whedon and Aliens director James Cameron. That said, it was at the top of the year that Blomkamp‘s longstanding concept art for new Alien movie not only drew support from fans of the franchise throughout the web, but also induced petitions to get Blomkamp on board for an Alien movie based on his concepts.
Well, low and behold…while it’s not clear if the peitions had the desired affect, it does appear VERY clear that fans are finally getting their wish according to an Instagram post by Blomkamp verifying that he will be sitting in the director’s chair for HIS Alien movie. There is no script yet for the film, nor is there one for a Prometheus sequel just yet, but the word also is that Scott is producing the new Alien film as well. The news is just developing and as far as casting goes, we could very well be seeing the return of Weaver in the role of Ripley soon enough, among other possibilities.
At any rate, this is what the fans want, so it’s what the fans will get, and at last, the internet wins…but the waiting game has just begun!
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