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Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie ready to go with Sigourney Weaver


Story by Jack Foley

NEILL Blomkamp could make his Alien movie after all – with Sigourney Weaver back in the lead.

The District 9 director recently released extensive concept art of the project, claiming that it was sadly now dead.

The art featured Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley, the lead protagonist in four Alien movies between 1979 and 1997, as well as Michael Biehn as Hicks (his character from Aliens).

Among the drawings was one of Weaver in a “space jockey” helmet similar to those seen in both 1979’s Alien and recent Ridley Scott spin-off Prometheus.

Blomkamp did not reveal how his proposed movie connects to the other films in the series, but now insists that the studio 20th Century Fox is ready to make it.

In an interview with Uproxx, he said that the main obstacle to the film going into production was his own uncertainty – although from comments made it sounds like he could easily be swayed.

Speaking a little more about how the concept first took shape, Blomkamp revealed that it came about as he was working with Weaver on current sci-fi project Chappie.

“Basically, what happened was, when Chappie got heavily into post-production, I could take my foot off the gas a bit. I was thinking about what I wanted to do next and I’ve been wanting to make an Alien film for like years and years.

“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, holy shit, that could actually be really interesting. When I came back to Vancouver, I had an entire year to work on Chappie. And when I wasn’t needed in the edit, I could think about Alien. So, I basically developed an entire movie and I did all of this artwork as well.

“[And] there’s a high possibility, a high degree of chance that it happens that I go back and try to get Alien made. I’m the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it.”

Watch this space…

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