Between Chappie opening this weekend (though to less than enthusiastic reviews and soft box office) and all the talk of his upcoming Alien movie, Neill Blomkamp has been all over the place (he’s even talked about the possibility of a sequel to his debut feature, District 9). Every time he sits down to talk about Chappie, Alien pops up and steals the spotlight, but in one recent interview he indicated that there could be more than just the one film.
Neill Blomkamp has been a hot topic of conversation lately. His robot drama, Chappie, just opened wide today, and stealing a lot of the spotlight from that release, talk of his upcoming Alien movie has been everywhere (I actually almost feel bad for the guy, he can’t open his mouth about his new movie without being asked about his next one). Both of those things are pretty big, but that’s not even everything, as he’s once again been chatting about a sequel to his debut feature, District 9.
All we really know for sure about Neill Blomkamp’s next project is that it is in fact an Alien film, taking place somewhere in the universe that Ridley Scott created back in 1979. According to some, it could be a prequel, or it could discount the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. It does sound like Sigourney Weaver is going to be back as cinematic badass Ellen Ripley, and Michael Biehn might be back as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. He appears in Blomkamp’s concept art and when asked, said he has been contacted (I guess it’s possible he could play a character besides Hicks).
In Blomkamp’s pictures, Hick’s face is half melted, presumably by the highly corrosive Xenomorph blood. While this looks pretty damn awesome, David Woodruff and his special effects company, Generation Effects Inc, cranked things up a few notches. He and his team did a makeup test based on the concept art, which shows what Hicks could look like in real life. We ran across these photos at Terminator Fans, and they’re awesome.
Since we got our very first look at Neill Blomkamp’s new robot drama Chappie, which finally opens in theaters this weekend, there has been discussion about how much the film, or at least what we’ve seen of it, resembles another similarly themed movie, Short Circuit. Such talk has been so prevalent that that I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner, but here it is, the inevitable Short Circuit/Chappie mashup. Check out Chappie 5 is Alive below.
Neill Blomkamp has been stumping hard for his upcoming robot-centric actioner Chappie, but over the last few weeks, one subject has overshadowed his latest film, his next one, which will see the South African director take on the world of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Damn near every time he sits down with the press there’s some Chappie talk, but what everyone really wants to know appears to be news about his Alien project. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Michael Biehn will reprise his role as Corporal Dwayne Hicks from James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, and now the actor himself has addressed the topic.
The talk first started when Blomkamp released some concept art for this project at the beginning of the year. No one knew he was working on this, and it seemed more like something he was doing for fun rather than as a potential new film. Hicks figures prominently in the images, but it’s concept art, which is far from gospel, so we didn’t know what was up. Then all of a sudden this is official and happening and we have a lot of questions.
The other day there was a big brouhaha on the internet because of what Neill Blomkamp said about his upcoming Alien movie. In an interview he said, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this film.” Many took this to mean that he intends to discount the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. This definitely felt like an offhand comment at the time, but there was some backlash, and Blomkamp has now attempted to clarify what he meant.
When he first revealed the concept art he’d been working on earlier this year, many thought it was strange that, not only was Sigourney Weaver prominently displayed, but Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks also showed up. Fans of the franchise now he dies in Alien 3, and this was the first time questions about how this fill will treat the timeline popped up. Then again, it was just concept art for a movie no one really expected to happen, and you can do whatever the hell you want.