Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Is Everything the Franchise Needs
A while back, Neill Blomkamp leaked concept art from an Alien movie he never got to make. In subsequent tweets, he even admitted that his artwork had never even been intended for a studio to adapt. But it would appear as though the right people were impressed, with the director taking to Instagram to deliver some good news: Blomkamp will be getting his own Alien.
Set to be released through 20th Century Fox, Variety reports that Blomkamp’s project will be unrelated to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, acting instead as another sequel to the original saga (rather than the quasi-prequel Prometheus was). Past that, we don’t have many details past the green light from the studio, leaving us to a whole wide world of speculation. Of course with Blomkamp’s artwork and artistic vision attached to the movie, we have a hard time thinking it’ll be anything but amazing.
The South African director may very well have his work cut out for him moving forward though. The franchise has ridden a roller coaster of quality, from its first two films that number themselves among the greatest sci-fi movies ever made, to the two ill-advised follow-up efforts in Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Continuing the free fall, someone decided that it was a good idea to make not one, but two Alien vs. Predator movies. Ridley Scott swooped back in to recover some modicum of respect for the franchise with Prometheus back in 2012, bringing us to where we are now, in a world of possibility for a visionary director.
Given the checkered history of the franchise post Aliens, it would serve it well to simplify in every way. Blomkamp may very well be the director best suited to fill this need, especially given the less-than-simple approach screenwriter Damon Lindelof took with Prometheus. The most basic aspects of the franchise were really what made it so great to begin with too. Looking back on Alien, we see a movie that functioned simply as a monster movie in space. Since then it’s been layered and strip-mined for material, twisting the original appeal into something far inferior to what it started out as.
Blomkamp truly thrives as a director when he can spread his wings creatively. Movies like District 9 show us just what he can accomplish with the sci-fi genre, and his upcoming release Chappie looks to be more of the same. The bold vision outlined in his artwork gives us a peek inside a mind that has a true vision. The buzz surrounding that artwork apparently produced enough hype to even get the director noticed by Fox, mobilizing the machine fast enough to get his proposed movie green-lit in just over a month.
Ridley Scott is still signed on to produce the movie, giving it the blessing of the creator himself. Set to take place years after Prometheus, the sky really seems to be the limit here for where Blomkamp can take the franchise. Hopefully, he manages to take it in more shaved down, coherent direction, something he’s more than proven he’s able to do. Now we play the waiting game, and hope that Prometheus 2 is enough to tide us over.