Fifty Shades of Grey is getting at least two sequels, Ryan Reynolds revealed Deadpool’s movie mask, and Spider-man is now going to be part of the Avengers. What else can happen in the same month of February?
How about a new Alien movie?
Yup, that is not a joke ladies and gentlemen. Earlier in January, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) revealed some sweet-looking Alien concept art showing Ellen Ripley in an alien exoskeleton, a prometheus-like spaceship covered in webs, and a mean-looking xenomorph queen who looks unhappy that somebody took her sandwich. Many have speculated during that time whether Blomkamp would pick up a new Alien movie or not, including from the lips of Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver.
Why? Because Blomkamp confirmed himself that he will be directing the next Alien sequel with Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley.
Yes, you heard that right. Alien is coming back.
Blomkamp has had a pretty sweet career building up for the past few years now. Since bowing out of the then-failed Halo film adaptation of the video game in 2007, Blomkamp has since pursued some of his own passion projects, all with three things in common. 1) They were all science-fiction movies. 2) They all take place in Africa. 3) They all explore themes of equality, acceptance, and the flawed idea of elitism. Oh, and Sharlto Copley is in his films too.
Point being, Blomkamp is well-versed in the sci-fi genre, and not only has the chops for gritty and authentic visual effects, but also for solid storytelling with deep, significant meaning behind it. That’s the stuff that made the original Alien a classic, and the fact that he’s teaming up with Weaver to bring this back to the big screen? Oh. The inner nerd in me is exploding with joy.
No word yet on what is the planned release for the film, but it is slated to release and take place after Ridley Scott’s sequel to the Alien prequel Prometheus. I loved both Alien and Prometheus, and am looking forward to both sequels. However, I think we can all guess which one audiences will be more excited for.
What do you think? Are you more excited for Neill Blomkamp’s new Alien movie, or Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel?
Comment below, let me know. And whatever you do, don’t hug a facehugger.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: The Verge, Collider