Last month, we showed your a series of intriguing concept art images for an unauthorized Alien project being dabbled with by director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). While making the press rounds in interviews for his latest sci-fi fantasy, Chappie, Blomkamp defended his position on bringing an Alien project to the screen sometime and expressed his continued enthusiasm for his xenomorphic obsession. The amazing artwork shows Ripley wearing some type of engineer-inspired pilot suit, Weyland-Yutani's cavernous headquarters, a dry-docked alien spaceship inspected by scientists, a scarred, older Corporal Dwayne Hicks and an evolved version of a facehugger.
From a recent sit-down with Uproxx, here's a portion of Blomkamp's comments on the urge to give birth to an Alien film and his unorthodox approach to drawing light to his efforts:
Where did this Alien concept art you posted come from?
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.
But you’ve never really said that before.
People have heard you say that you don’t want to make an existing franchise type movie after what happened with Halo, before District 9.
That’s still true, by the way.
So that’s why it’s surprising that you want to do Alien.
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 sh-t, 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.
Is this an abnormal way to go about this?
It’s totally abnormal. But it’s for the reason that you bring up, if it’s going to happen, it has to be on my terms. So, I came up with it and I’m bringing this to you. It’s not like, “Would you like to do Spider-Man 36?” I still love it, I love the idea of the movie and I produced way more art than I put out.
The art was very specific, it looked like a complete story. Ripley is wearing a space jockey helmet.
It was a whole story. Then I just wasn’t sure if I was going to do another film, like, at all.
Sometimes Hollywood just sort of gets to me. I love movies, but Hollywood itself is a difficult animal to negotiate. So, then I was like, if I don’t do any, I should put some of this artwork out and that’s exactly what happened.
Is that you giving up on possibly doing an Alien movie?
It’s not really giving up on the idea.
From his statements, it seems as though Blomkamp's secret Alien project just might have more substance to it than he's letting on. Would you be surprised if 20th Century Fox announced him as their next director for an Alien prequel or Prometheus sequel, and do you think his particular vision might make an interesting movie?
(Via Geek Tyrant)