For a long time it’s been known that Neill Blomkamp (District 9) has had a concept for an Alien movie, and in the last few weeks there have bee rumours that Fox might be ready to team with him to make it a reality. Now it turns out those rumours are true, as both Blomkamp (via Instagram) and Variety report he’s set to take on the xenomorph with Ridley Scott producing.
This won’t be Prometheus 2 though, which Ridley is still developing.
Blomkamp’s original concept which he’s mention previously involved Ellen Ripley, but in interviews several months ago Neill suggested that idea was probably dead. It’s not known whether that plan has been resurrected or whether Sigourney Weaver is attached to the film in any way.
It’s not clear where in the Alien timeline Blomkamp’s movie will fit, although insiders say it’ll take place years after Prometheus. For Alien: Resurrection they had to clone Ripley, but it’s possible Blomkamp’s movie will be set before then.
There is one good sign for Weaver’s involvement as she has a relationship with the director, having just worked with him on the upcoming Chappie.