Know what would make a lot of fans happy? If we actually got a good movie with a Xenomorph in it. Not it fighting Predators or Space Marines or small-town cops and pizza deliverymen. If there’s anyone who can save the franchise from the jaws of mediocrity, it’s director Neill Blomkamp.
If you recall, Blomkamp released a bunch of concept art for his take on an Alien sequel at the start of the year. Today Collider caught up with the director to do a little digging.
“There was a reason,” he tells Collider in response to being asked about the aforementioned art. “I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when ‘Chappie’ was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about ‘Alien’ all the time.”
” ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ are my favorite films,” he adds. “So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, ‘I might as well put some art out.’ But I may make it. I don’t know. That’s where it stands.”
Please, Fox, for the love of all that is holy, let this happen. Weaver has even expressed interest earlier that she’d like to come back and finish what she started. We’re begging you!
Whipped up by a French artist, the pieces of concept art give us a small taste of Blomkamp’s vision, and it looks like the film was going to mark the return of both Ellen Ripley and Corporal Hicks. In the most interesting image, Ripley appears to be wearing a Xenomorph suit.
Check out the concept art below, which is surely going to whet your appetite for another Alien film!