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…