4:39pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Neill Blomkamp to Direct New 'Alien' Film for Fox
Apparently, the way to convince Fox to make a movie these days is to release concept art or footage online.
Following the studio greenlighting Deadpool following the online leak of director Tim Miller’s test footage for the project, Neill Blomkamp will be making his Alien movie after posting concept art from it on Instagram.
The director announced the news this afternoon, fittingly, on Instagram. Accompanying a new image of the iconic xenomorph was the caption “Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien.”
A source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Blomkamp will work on an Alien script set after the sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus, which remains in development. Scott's Scott Free Productions is producing the Blomkamp project.
Blomkamp posted artwork from the project online a couple of months ago, describing it as “a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created. The caption of the first image he posted, however, suggested that it was a movie that would never happen: “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though.”
Following a groundswell of excitement, the director clarified its origins in an interview last week, explaining that the images were actually art from a pitch that he had been working on, but which has never actually been presented to Fox.
“There’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow,” he said. What was holding the project back, he explained, was his own dissatisfaction with the movie industry. “I love movies, but Hollywood itself is a difficult animal to negotiate,” he said.
Apparently, not that difficult, judging by today’s update.
Blomkamp’s next movie, Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman, will be released in theaters Mar. 6.
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