You may remember director Neill Blomkamp dropped a bombshell at the start of the year by posting various Alien 5 concept art pieces he had done on Instagram. Today, Collider, finally caught up with him while promoting his latest movie Chappie and asked him about the concept art. Blomkamp basically says the movie may still happen but reiterates that he hadn’t officially spoken to 20th Century Fox about the project but they wanted to make it. He indicated that he has spoken to Sigourney Weaver and has done much more artwork than he has released.
“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.”
So, there you go. There still may be some hope left for a potential Alien 5 movie.
Update: There’s a new interview with Sigourney Weaver about it on ComingSoon.net:
That brings us to Weaver, who we spoke shortly afterwards, and we asked if she knew about how she inspired Blomkamp to start developing an Aliens project on his own. “He kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We’ll see what happens,” she told us.
We asked if there was more to Ripley she was interested in exploring. “It’s not that so much is that we just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move onto other things and I didn’t want to go to Earth. I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”