In case you missed it last week, Neill Blomkamp has been confirmed to direct an Alien sequel, a project he has been hinting at for some time. If you’re not familiar with the name, how about these titles: “District 9”, “Elysium”, and soon to be released “Chappie”. Ring a bell now? The controversial sci-fi director is tackling on his biggest project to date; and a franchise one at that. Back in January of this year, Blomkamp released a bunch of concept art to an Alien film, he had been working on in between working on “Chappie”, his current project. He also hinted to the fact that this is one film, he has been wanting to do for a long time; “years and years”, to be exact. But, is Blomkamp that right choice for an Alien film, let alone a prestigious franchise like this one? I for one think so, and I am almost positive what we can expect with his version of an Alien movie.
- There will be blood
If you haven’t seen either District 9 or Elysium, you might not understand the above reference. If you have however, you know that Blomkamp is not shy about giving his character’s death scenes all the gore they can possibly get. How does that fit in with Alien, you ask? We might see some pretty graphic traditional scenes; such as the spawn busting through the chest cavity, the Alien blood actually melting flesh, and of course, the infamous finishing move, the tongue kill, complete with splatter of brain matter. Too graphic? It might be, but rest assured, Blomkamp will keep it in line with the franchise, while giving it his personal touch.
- You look familiar
The actor/director relationship in Hollywood is pretty high, spanning over decades in this business. And why not? While some of them might seem a little overkill (Burton/Depp), it basically tells us that those two have a great working partnership. And such is the case with actor Sharlto Copley. He has been in every Blomkamp film to date; playing the protagonist in District 9, to the ruthless mercenary in Elysium, and now the android in Chappie, which he provided the motion capture for. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Copley will be playing a lead in this Alien film and possible one of the creatures just to save money, and time. Copley is truly a method actor and you can expect to see him attached to this project, before too long.
- Welcome to Blomkamp’s Camp
There is no denying the fact that Blomkamp’s films, all look like they could be in the same universe, even though they all are different movies. Is this coincidence? Perhaps, as I believe there is always a method to the madness. So in the case of what this Alien film might look like, I’m thinking it will have more of a feel and setting, reminiscent to that of James Cameron’s “Aliens”. I’m sure we will see some type of civilization that is very close to that of his first two films; tents and shacks with tin metal roofs. Where people are segregated based on income, class, etc. It’ll give the setting a more rugged, military feel if that’s what they’re trying to achieve. The film is expected to take place after the events of “Prometheus 2” so we’ll see how this film fits in that timeline.
- Now recruiting: Xenomorphs
Again, based on what Blomkamp’s done in the past, I can expect we are going to see several types of classes of the Xenomorphs. I don’t think we are going to be limited to one alien as it has been in almost every Alien film. To reiterate, I really feel we are going to see a colony of aliens, and possibly a feud between those aliens. Something other than just a single entity, wiping out the entire cast. Not saying that couldn’t happen, just that premise is getting quite old. I feel Blomkamp’s Xenomorphs will be nothing short of epic.
- Ah, memories
Can we expect to see some cameos, or homages from previous films? Might we see some Predator snip-its? Will we get a younger version of Ripley in a different timeline? Can we expect to see Sigourney Weaver to reprise her role in some type of cameo or another role all together? These are all relevant questions, that might be too soon to ask at this point, but they are possible. Have any of you all played “Alien: Isolation”? Those events take place after “Alien” and the title character is that of Ripley, but not Ellen. It is her daughter. Something to note, Weaver is in Chappie so there might be some rumors starting to swirl from that. So Ripley might be in it, or she might not be. Either way, I expect to see some type of tie in to all the films, past or present. And you all know me with continuity by now.
While this promising sequel to a Hollywood monster is two years away (2017), I do expect great things from it. They have a director that wants to breathe new life into the franchise and give it a shot to expand this universe. He could possibly also help start the Predators off as well, to where we can get a true “Alien vs. Predator” film. I’m just reaching there, but you get the idea. With Ridley Scott still acting as producer, this film should be taking us back to 1979, and give us a real scare. Something that is lacking in todays horror films, I think. Based on the concept art, I have complete faith in Neill Blomkamp’s vision. 2017 is going to be another busy year at the movies. I could jump up and scream but I then I remember that famous tagline: “in space, no one can hear you scream”. That goes for cyberspace too.