Neill Blomkamp is easily one of our brightest directors currently working in the science fiction genre. He’s already directed three original films with District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie. The director released a whole batch of concept art for an Alien sequel recently on his official social media accounts which had the working title of Alien: Xeno.
The thing that peaked the interest of fans is that it included the return of Ripley, Hicks, Weyland-Yuanti, the derelict ship and the queen alien. Seemingly bringing-back the feeling of James Cameron’s Aliens.
Blomkamp developed this project under the radar of 20th Century Fox who have been scrambling for about almost two decades how to approach new Alien films. I’m sure they were drooling when this was brought to their attention. The assumption is that this film could end-up being referred to Alien 5.
During the press tour for Chappie, Neill was finally asked by Collider about the chances of him returning to the project in the future. He previously mentioned in posts he was still interested and in this interview reaffirms that stance.
There was a reason. 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. 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.
Neill seemingly reveals that while he didn’t officially talk with Fox about the film they are indeed interested.
I’ve already pointed out how the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines might have influenced his concept art which explains how Dwayne Hicks survives and how Weyland-Yuanti get’s ahold of the derelict ship using unsuspecting colonists as test-subjects and hosts for the aliens. These things are obviously echoed in the artwork, but doesn’t speak to how Ripley is still around and I assume this means that the clone Ripley factors-in somehow since she survives Alien Resurrection.
Ridley Scott has already confirmed that the xenomorphs won’t be apart of Prometheus sequel, so this does give Fox some wiggle room to return to the Ripley saga. If that’s Ellen or her daughter Amanda from the excellent video game Alien: Isolation that remains to be seen.
We know that Sigourney Weaver is open to returning to the Ripley role and recently worked with Blomkamp in Chappie. The director also mentions talking extensively with her about Alien during production of the film. Fox being desperate for someone to resurrect the franchise could make for the perfect storm for Alien fans.
Prometheus 2 is still moving forward at Fox which has a completed script with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender attached to reprise their roles. Ridley Scott is currently busy filming The Martian and it’s unknown if he’ll tackle the sequel next or if Fox will have to replace him.