Alien Sequel: Blomkamp Announces Official Sequel

AlienWe’re going to get a new Alien film by District 9‘s Blomkamp himself…

So it seems that the foray of excitement amongst Alien fans last month when Blomkamp released concept art for a unofficial Alien project (here) has paid off in spades. On the 18th the director posted a new picture on Instagram (below) accompanied by the words ‘Um… So I think it’s officially my next film’ indicating that Fox has now officially green-lit the project to go ahead. It’s no real stretch to say that this is largely due to the incredibly positive reaction which the initial concept pieces caused across the internet, and I’m rather pleased to think that a new and very promising looking film is now in the works due to the power of social media.

Now that this project is going ahead there are several questions which should be raised. Firstly the original designs were created to follow directly on from Aliens (the second film in the franchise) and ignored the subsequent films which followed. Now that struck a chord within me as I do really hate what Alien³ did to its lead characters and because, despite their occasional merits, its clear that the follow up films can’t even begin to match the quality seen in the first two films. It will be very interesting to see if this is still the direction that will be taken with Blomkamp’s film as it would be a fairly brave move to have an alternative history running within a franchise that already has a prequel/spin-off franchise in the works with Prometheus.

Now it will also be interesting to see if Sigourney Weaver will star in the film. She has shut down the idea of appearing in future installments in the past but in recent interviews she has seemed receptive to the idea of being in a Blomkmap Alien film. I personally would love to see her back if the character is well handled. Ripley is the most important thing which you have to get right in these films and I think there is still a lot of mileage to be found in her character with the right writer and director on board.

But what do you think about the new film? Are you excited or just tired of the endless revisiting of the Alien franchise? Let me know in the comment box below. I’ll leave you for now with Blomkamp’s latest concept art…

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27 comments

  1. I’m not as smitten with Blomkamp as most so this doesn’t excite me that much. I kinda wish they would leave the franchise alone. But if money is calling there’s no way they’re going to do that.

    1. I hear what you’re saying about money but I really like the designs he put forward and they seem to be taking the franchise in an interesting direction… at the very least they seem (to me) to indicate a more thoughtful direction for the films than the AVP films did.

      1. Think it’s more of my love for the first two Alien films and my growing annoyance with sequels, reboots, and remakes. Otherwise I would be interested in a new installment.

        1. I hear you on that and normally I would be right there with you (especially as Alien is my all time favourite film) but there’s something about the concept art which really grabs me here…

  2. I’ve been fooled more than enough times by the Alien/Prometheus franchise, but I’m nonetheless tentatively hopeful about this…

    1. Haha I know that feeling well! I’m hopeful (perhaps foolishly so) because the concept images seem to be inventive and don’t purely rehash the earlier films and also because this started off as a passion piece rather than a money grab.

      1. I just fear the end result once the studio have their way with it. Here’s hoping though, there’s plenty of scope for a great addition to the series!

        1. Yeah we are going to have to keep our fingers crossed!

  3. I’m not sure about this, I’m a big fan of the original alien movies but I think it depends on which direction they go with this one.

    1. Yeah it’s hard to be sure right now but I’m very interested in how it looks!

  4. Very curious about this!

    1. Same! Fingers crossed it doesn’t disappoint.

  5. I know we’ve been bitten by this before, but I’m cautiously excited about this. I’m a massive fan of the original movies, although I do think that in the right hands the franchise can be restored to (somewhat) former glory. I rate Blomkamp but I definitely agree with you that if Ripley is to return, she needs to be handled correctly.

    1. Sounds like we’re on the same page V! I’m also a huge fan of the first two films and I see no reason why we can’t return to those glory days with this. It’s going to be very interesting to watch this develop!

  6. Yay, but am keeping nervous about Blomkamp.

    1. I’ve only seen District 9 which I liked although I know other films of his haven’t done as well…

  7. […] small internet implosions and mass confusion, he eventually announced he was officially on-board. Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings is hosting something of a discussion about the future possibilities, so check that out if […]

    1. Thanks for the shout out!

  8. I’m so on board for this. I’m not a fan of the reboot with Prometheus, but I’ll stand behind Blomkamp. I’m always up for a legitimate new Alien installment.

    1. Me too Courtney! I keep trying to tell myself not to get too excited considering how we’ve been burned before but I can’t help it!

  9. My biggest concern is that any means they think of now to bring back the aliens will have the effect of nullifying Ripley’s four-film struggle against them: after blowing the processor on LV-426 in Aliens, the only sample of the species left in the third & fourth films is the Queen inside her. & by the end of Resurrection, she’s destroyed that Queen along with all of her offspring, & is free to try to survive in desolate Paris with Call, a great ending to the series in my mind (though the endings of the second or third film would also have made a great full stop). Most of the games & comics, along with AVP & Prometheus, then turn around & tell you that there are plenty of xenomorphs all over the universe, & people just discover them on some planet or other. But I’d really like to think that Ripley gave her life eradicating this abomination, otherwise her whole life turned to Hell for nothing really, & to me that just seems too nihilistic…even for this franchise.

    1. Hmmm well the current thinking is that this will disregard the third and fourth films and do an alternative timeline after Aliens where Hicks and Newt aren’t killed and cut open.

      I don’t know what you’ll think of that…

      1. I think an alternate universe approach like that would be fun. But I really doubt Fox will allow it – they seem determined to protect the place of the third & fourth films in the continuity; stuff like the Dark Horse Aliens comic (originally published before Alien3 came out, & featuring Newt & Hicks), or the Aliens: Colonial Marines game, have been forced to awkwardly acknowledge Alien3’s presence as canon despite obviously being intended as “alternate sequels” to Aliens, & it’s made their plots pretty screwy. Since way more fans are going to see Alien 5 than play a game or read a comic of the franchise I think that alternate sequel stuff will end up as just a nice dream.

        1. I really want to see it as it would be very interesting… I see what you’re saying but I do wonder whether this one does stand a chance as the vision of an alternative storyline was a big part of the internet’s overwhelming positive support for the project, an it was that support which it seems really helped push the project through the studio.

        2. We will see I suppose

          1. Yeah, I mean I’m sure I’ll be paying admission to this either way. I just hope I’m wrong & you’re right as that way, it seems there’s a better chance of it actually being as good as the art makes it look. Still, even if I do have some trepidation, it’s better this than Paradise/Prometheus 2.

          2. Yeah I’m actually generally excited about this where as Paradise isn’t doing anything for me at all.

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