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Speaking to Collider, Blomkamp clarified why he’d done this, and whether or not a movie was actually on the cards.
“There was a reason,” he said. “I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when Chappie was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about Alien all the time. Alien and Aliens are my favorite films.
“So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, ‘I might as well put some art out.’ But I may make it. I don’t know. That’s where it stands.”
It’s interesting to see that Blomkamp isn’t ruling anything out, and that Fox are apparently keen to get an Alien 5 going. We’d love to see Weaver back as Ripley and the concept of a Blomkamp Alien movie is definitely exciting. If it really is up to Blomkamp, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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