At the beginning of the year, it had been revealed that District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp had struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to write and direct a sequel for the Alien franchise. Recently, however, that project had been put on hold while Ridley Scott got up and running on his sequel to Prometheus called Alien: Paradise Lost.
Earlier this month Blomkamp revealed that Fox wanted to wait and see how Scott’s second Alien prequel fared before giving him the greenlight for Alien 5, and that he would be moving on. With a good 18 to 24 months (give or take) before we see Paradise Lost, it seems like enough time for Blomkamp to direct something in the interim.
Now we know what he could be working on as Deadline has revealed Blomkamp would be writing and directing a film adaptation of Thomas Sweterlitsch’s upcoming novel The Gone World. Because Fox has secured the rights before the book has been published, all we know about the plot is that it is describes as a “sci-fi time travel procedural.”
Blomkamp has a very good sense of world building for science-fiction, and making that world seem lived in. However, his screenwriting sometimes leaves a lot to be desired so I’m not too excited that he’ll also have a writing credit on this.
Having said that, this is his first adaptation as District 9, Elysium, and Chappie were all original works. Maybe following someone else’s story is exactly what he needs to avoid the pitfalls he routinely falls into.
I would have hoped he would be working on District 10, as it seems like there is more of that story to tell, but maybe he’s still breaking the plot. Or maybe we’ll never see a continuation, and I should just move on.
No release date was given for The Gone World, but I suspect it will likely show up in 2018.