In space, it seems everyone can hear you Instagram. After posting concept art for his dream "Alien" movie on Instagram, Neill Blomkamp has officially got the gig, as 20th Century Fox gives the film the green light.
According to Variety and Blomkamp himself -- on Instagram, of course -- the "Alien" sequel will be his next film. It will be developed alongside prequel "Prometheus 2" and both will be produced by the series progenitor Ridley Scott.
Blomkamp, the South African director of sci-fi films "District 9", "Elysium" and the forthcoming "Chappie", revealed his "Alien" ambitions by posting concept art earlier this year. He described it as a "a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created" and admitted it was unlikely to get made, but it now seems we'll be joining him on that stroll.
Blomkamp titled his concept "Alien: Xeno". The artwork portrays characters from earlier films including Ellen Ripley, played in all four "Alien" movies by Sigourney Weaver, and space marine Dwayne Hicks, played by Michael Biehn in "Aliens". The poorly-received David Fincher sequel "Alien 3" killed off both characters, so where that would place this movie in the continuity of the films remains to be seen. But seeing as Ripley was already reborn as a clone in "Alien Resurrection" and Blomkamp's concepts show Ripley as some form of alien hybrid, who knows what direction the story could take?
With Blomkamp's film on the slate, that means there are currently two "Alien" movies in the works. The film's original director Ridley Scott returned to the series with prequel "Prometheus" in 2013, and he is currently working on "Prometheus 2" for release in 2016.
So Blomkamp's film is a sequel, and "Prometheus 2" is both a prequel and a sequel. Couldn't be simpler.