Speculation is and will continue to swirl around Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien sequel until either 20th Century Fox or the director himself divulges more information as to what we can expect. And while we’re still a long way out from a release date or even an official synopsis, the filmmaker has shared some intriguing tidbits about his approach to the sci-fi franchise and, crucially, how his installment won’t “tread on the toes” of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2.
Speaking to Empire, here’s what the South African director had to say about the film existing in the same space as Scott’s sequel and how the two filmmakers have been collaborating on Blomkamp’s vision.
“I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit,” reveals Blomkamp. “One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make. I sent the title I wanted to Ridley. It’s kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m dead in the water…”.
Interestingly, it appears as though the director has already settled on an early idea for the film’s eventual title, and the fact that it he considers it to be spoiler sensitive only makes it all the more intriguing.
Alas, we’ll just have to wait patently until we learn more about Blomkamp’s vision for Alien. What we do know, however, is that Sigourney Weaver has spoke openly about her desire to return as Ellen Ripley, while franchise veterans such as Michael Biehn have also expressed an interest to return and even some odds with the galaxy’s apex predator.
Blomkamp’s sequel and his own rendition of the Xenomorph are still a ways away from slithering onto the silver screen. But until then, you can let us know what you make of the film existing in the same space as Scott’s Prometheus 2 via the comments.