11:28am PT by Graeme McMillan
Neill Blomkamp Opens Up About 'Alien' Concept Art, Potential Movie
When concept art from an Alien movie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp showed up online recently, fans were intrigued, but confused: Was this a project that had come and gone, with no one knowing about it? According to Blomkamp, maybe not.
“I’ve been wanting to make an Alien film for like years and years,” the director told Uproxx. “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 [...] that could actually be really interesting.”
The artwork that surfaced online, he went on to explain, was a result of developing that idea into what he described as “an entire movie” — and one that is still a going concern.
“There’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made,” he said. “Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it.” The problem, he told the website, was that he’s feeling burned out by the movie business: “Sometimes Hollywood just sort of gets to me. I love movies, but Hollywood itself is a difficult animal to negotiate.”
When pressed, he said he’d “decide soon” whether or not to move forward with the project. Given that Ridley Scott has suggested that the proposed sequel to Prometheus will move away from the iconic xenomorphs of the franchise, the prospect of a Blomkamp-directed Alien movie seems like a very good idea indeed. The question is, how do we manage to convince Blomkamp himself of this?