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Neill Blomkamp to Direct Next “ALIEN” Sequel, “PROMETHEUS 2” to Follow

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So, if you’re an ALIEN fan, you probably remember STARLOG‘s report earlier this year when DISTRICT 9 director Neill Blomkamp blew everyone’s minds with a bunch of seemingly independently produced ALIEN concept art and sculpts. The art promised a ton of incredibly cool and intriguing concepts, including the impossible return of Corporal Hicks, Ripley in a bio-mechanic Xenomorph suit and a Queen Alien let loose in what appeared to be a manmade environment. Yet in showing the art, Blomkamp did so with a defeated indifference, crushing the hopes that fans might see these concepts come to fruition… until now.

Earlier today, Blomkamp himself posted a drawing of a Xenomorph on his Instagram page, with the caption, “Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien”. Yet now Variety has confirmed the details of the deal, stating that Blomkamp will, in fact, direct the fifth installment of the ALIEN franchise. In recent interviews, Blomkamp has stated his idea for the next ALIEN was born out of conversations with Sigourney Weaver on the set of his latest film, CHAPPIE, and while one may assume that all signs point to Weaver’s return to the franchise, Variety points out that her involvement at this point is still unknown.

What is known, however, is how ALIEN V will relate to the budding spin-off/prequel series PROMETHEUS, which Ridley Scott is still attached to immediately following his work on the currently-shooting sci-fi tale THE MARTIAN. Variety further confirmed that ALIEN V will take place in the current ALIEN timeline, which takes place after PROMETHEUS, and therefore the film will not interfere with the development of PROMETHUS 2. Furthermore, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production label will oversee both productions for 20th Century Fox, who believe the involvement of Blomkamp to be a potential boon for the franchise.

Stay tuned for more as it develops, fright fans.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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