Neill Blomkamp has released new concept art for his highly intriguing Alien 5 project.
The Chappie director is a self-confessed Alien fanatic – even admitting to having xenomorph shaped coffee mugs at his family home.
When the District 9 helmer started releasing his own concept art for his vision for a rebooted sequel earlier this year, studio Fox took notice and offered him the job.
The new concept art once again features Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks – leaving fans salivating with joy.
The filmmaker published the new image on Instagram with the caption “#alien going very well. Love this project.”
Blomkamp has already confirmed that his movie would be “the genetic sibling of Aliens,” the electrifying 1986 sequel directed by James Cameron, and would ignore the events of David Fincher’s Alien 3 (1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997).
For anyone unfamiliar with the series’ history, Fincher killed off both Hicks and Ripley in the controversial third film, while Resurrection brought the latter central character back as a clone. It’ll be interesting to see how Hicks survived, but as Blomkamp has explained, Alien 5 will follow the first two classic films.
He said (AlloCine via Screen Rant): “My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to [Ridley Scott’s] Alien and [Cameron’s] Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection. I just want it to be connected to Alien 1 and 2.”
Considering Alien 3 started pretty much where Cameron’s movie left off – it will be interesting to see how Blomkamp’s movie will fit. In some ways, it’s like the recent — and very successful — Jurassic World, which seamlessly appeared as a direct sequel to the first Jurassic Park, while still giving subtle nods to the two sequels.
But while this curious project is grabbing the attention of fans worldwide – it is another prime example of a mainstream movie industry which has lost its ability to innovate.
There is no release date for Alien 5 – stay tuned for more news.