Neill Blomkamp reportedly in talks to direct The Gone World sci-fi film

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Nov 11, 2015, 3:03 PM EST

With his Alien sequel stalled, we’ve been wondering which project Neill Blomkamp might tackle next. Now we might just have an answer.

Deadline is reporting that Thomas Sweterlitsch’s next sci-fi novel The Gone World is in development at Fox, with director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) in talks to write and direct. The book is described as a time-travel procedural but has yet to be published. Sadly, that’s the closest we can get to a plot synopsis at this point. The author’s previous novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow, has also been optioned over at TriStar.

Though Blomkamp is a well-known director in the genre field, his stock has continued to dip in the years since his breakout debut District 9. Elysium was a decent, if scattered, sci-fi actioner, while his robot story Chappie was an unquantifiable mess. For a while, it looked like he was getting back on track with an Alien sequel passion project, but Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel has since banished it to the back burner.

Could The Gone World finally put him back on top?

(Via Deadline)