Earlier this week we found out, courtesy of Collider, that the Neill Blomkamp’s stunning concept art for Alien 5 could be more than just simple illustrations. Blomkamp revealed that he actually wants to make the film, and now it sounds like Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver is also onboard to make the film.
CS caught up with both Blomkamp and Weaver this week, and they have discovered even more juicy details, hinting that the film could, and this is a massive COULD, become a reality in the future?
Blomkamp was asked just where the concept art came from, and what his intentions were with it. Was he actively putting together a new Alien film, or simply playing around with some designs:
“It was sort of both,” he responded. “Fox didn’t know that I was developing it, so in that sense, it was completely unsanctioned and just basically for fun. To me, it wasn’t for fun. To me, that was what I wanted to do next, and I spent a lot of time doing it, and there was a lot of effort that went into. Like when I could take breaks between Chappie’s post-production winding down as VFX got under control.”
“The issue was more like whether I feel like directing another film at all,” he continued. “Not really whether Alien is the right or wrong film, if that makes sense. (Sigourney) knows about it and part of it was just inspired by speaking to her on set when we were filming Chappie, and getting her thoughts on Alien and what she thought of the movies that came after Aliens and what she felt about Ripley and what was incomplete for her about Ripley. There was so much fuel in what she was telling me.”
He added: “Alien and Aliens are probably my favorite films so was I was like, ‘Sh*t, I wouldn’t mind messing around in that world for a bit’ so I just sort of self-funded the artists to work on the artwork. I did way more artwork than I released, probably ten times more and did a lot of writing. I have a pretty cool film just in case it happens.”
Even more exciting is that the District 9 and Elysium director then revealed that Fox were very impressed with his designs:
“Fox was blindsided by it, which wasn’t my intention,” he explained. “I just wanted to share artwork with people that liked the franchise. I don’t know whether it’s going to happen or not. We’ll see.”
CS then spoke to Weaver, and asked if she had any influence over Blomkamp’s designs:
“He kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We’ll see what happens,”
They then asked if Weaver felt there was more to discover about Ripley in a new Alien film:
“It’s not that so much is that we just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move onto other things and I didn’t want to go to Earth. I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”
It’s exciting news indeed, and the Internet has exploded over these concept designs, so maybe, just maybe Fox are keeping a close eye on this too, and in a perfect world they would be planning to meet with Blomkamp to direct Alien 5. That would be nice…