Right at the crack of the New Year, Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) teased fans with his concept designs for a proposed Alien sequel that he was playing around with.
Apparently, executives at 20th Century Fox were so taken with his work, and fan response to it, that they've hired him to direct the next Alien film per Variety.
According to other sources at The Wrap, this new film will take place after Prometheus 2, which is still going into production under Ridley Scott. Scott will produce Blomkamp's Alien feature.
While there's no script in place yet, Blomkamp was on the record as hoping to work with original Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver. Additionally, Michael Biehn may also play a part in the project given his character's (Hicks) appearance in Blomkamp's team's concept art.
This project may very well be the first film to be prompted over Instagram.
And how many more times can I write about Instagram this week?
Blomkamp's new film, Chappie, starring Hugh Jackman and Sharlto Copley opens on March 6th.
What say you? Does this new Alien film get you excited for the continued life of the franchise? For my part, I love the original film, the second slightly less so, the rest are not films of which I have a high opinion. Though, I do think that Alien 3 and Prometheus both are conceptually engaging in places.