Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has confirmed in a tweet that he's officially "moved on" from his idea for making a sequel in the Alien franchise. Following a half-dozen film shorts shot in his native South Africa from 2004 to 2008, Blomkamp burst onto the scene both stateside and abroad in 2009 with his inventive alien invasion film District 9, which became a worldwide hit by grossing nearly $211 million against a $30 million budget. Based on his own short film, 2005's Alive in Joburg, District 9 also won both critical and industry acclaim, including four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Blomkamp and his wife/story collaborator, Terri Tatchell.
After scoring a Best Picture nomination for District 9 – a rare occasion for a science fiction film – several windows of opportunity were flung wide open for Blomkamp, and he proceeded to take advantage of his high visibility in the industry by making Elysium with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, as well as Chappie with Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver.
It became obvious that Blomkamp became kindred spirits with Weaver on the latter film when his concept artwork of the famed Alien actress in the guise of her iconic character, Lt. Ellen Ripley, found its way online in 2015. Not long after, Blomkamp was signed by Fox to make what was then the fifth film in the Alien franchise, but was meant to be a sequel that picks up after Aliens that virtually erased the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
Despite the momentum, Blomkamp suddenly had his Alien dreams quashed when franchise creator Ridley Scott proceeded with his Prometheus sequel, which would eventually become Alien: Covenant. And while Scott's latest stab at the franchise stalled at the box office last summer, Blomkamp all but declared that his goal to make the film was "totally dead." Now, with six more months to think about his remarks, it appears that Blomkamp hasn't changed his stance on reviving his idea to do the film. In a Twitter response to a fan following the filmmaker's release of more Alien 5 concept art last week, Blomkamp dashed any hopes that it signaled a rebirth of his idea. See Blomkamp's tweet about moving on from the project below:
Yes. I have moved on. What I meant was that I wish there was a way for fans to see some of what we had designed. It was an amazing chance to work in the world Ridley and James Cameron created. And collaborate with Sigourney. https://t.co/zgztIBj7LQ
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 2, 2018
Though the odds were slim that Blomkamp was going to change his mind and pursue making his Alien film, fans will no doubt be disappointed that the filmmaker has officially thrown in the towel on the project. The prospects of bringing Ripley, Hicks (Michael Biehn) and an older Newt (the younger version in Aliens was played by Carrie Henn) back for another chapter together no doubt created a lot of excitement among fans, especially those upset with the latter two characters being killed off without any fanfare at the very start of Alien 3.
With any luck, perhaps Blomkamp will reconsider his decision. Who knows? With rumblings about Scott's revival of the franchise coming to an end at Fox, and Fox's subsequent acquisition by Disney, perhaps Blomkamp has made his final determination too soon.
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