Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Alien' Project: Ridley Scott "Likes the Idea of What I Want to Make"

"It's kinda quite bold," the director says of the project's current title.
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Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie — currently in development at Fox — might have been created independently of the studio's plans for a follow-up to Ridley Scott's Prometheus, but the director says that the two will easily co-exist in terms of plot.

"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," Blomkamp told Empire about potential plot clashes between his revival of Scott's earlier space horror franchise and the current prequel series set in the same fictional universe. "One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."

The Chappie director wasn't about to spill the beans about what that might be, however, instead teasing that even revealing his idea for the movie's title would be too much information. "I sent the title to Ridley," he said. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away to much if I say the title."

Blomkamp announced that Fox had greenlit a script based on his ideas last month, following his posting concept art for the project online. The project will be produced by Scott through his Scott Free Productions company.

Of the mysterious title, Blomkamp had one more hint to give: "In the event that it doesn't work, I'm dead in the water," he said. Is that a hint about what the title might be, or maybe a sign of the script's big idea? 

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