District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp to Helm Upcoming Alien Sequel

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20th Century Fox has officially closed a deal with District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp to lead a new addition to the Alien franchise. The news was confirmed by Blomkamp himself via Instagram, and follows a series of concept designs teased over recent months.

According to Variety sources, the as-yet untitled film will stand apart from Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus 2, being set several years later. It appears that the project has the Alien creator’s blessing, however: Scott will be producing the movie through his production company, Scott Free.

Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien

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It’s perhaps unsurprising that this would be the case: based on his experience of merging science-fiction with elements of horror and realism in District 9, Blomkamp seems a natural fit for the Alien universe, and we’re excited to see where he takes it.

Alien is also clearly an influence on his own work: his humanoid-invertebrate “Prawns” have more than a little of the Xenomorph about them, and Sigourney Weaver, who stars as the resourceful and resilient Ripley in the original Alien films, also features in his upcoming AI-themed movie, Chappie. Weaver’s own involvement in the project has not been confirmed, but in a separate interview with Coming Soon, she expressed her interest in reprising the role, describing Blomkamp’s ideas as “brilliant”. Check out his designs below:

Oh shit

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Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph

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#weyland corp

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And Doug Williams – maybe I’ll go back to it ….love the world

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#ripley #hicks

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Wtf?

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Sources: VarietyComing Soon | The Guardian | Instagram

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