"Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp surprised everyone earlier this month by casually unleashing a slew of pics of "Alien" concept art on Instagram. You know, they were just some ideas he'd been doodling in his downtime, when he wasn't wrangling robots, Hugh Jackman, and Die Antwoord for his latest dystopian flick.
Actually, what he posted oh so casually on social media were fairly fleshed-out images of the Xenomorph Queen, Ripley in a slick Space Jockey Pilot mask, Weyland Corp., and much more. As it turns out, there's some method to Blomkamp's madness, or at least a story to it.
The director told Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer at Uproxx, "Basically, what happened was, when 'Chappie' got heavily into post-production, I could take my foot off the gas a bit. I was thinking about what I wanted to do next and I've been wanting to make an 'Alien' film for like years and years."
Blomkamp added that working with Sigourney Weaver on "Chappie" definitely set his creative juices flowing. "When I came back to Vancouver, I had an entire year to work on 'Chappie.' And when I wasn't needed in the edit, I could think about 'Alien.' So, I basically developed an entire movie and I did all of this artwork as well." He's got even more concept art than what he revealed on Instagram. Does he ever sleep?
According to Blomkamp, Fox is ready to pull the trigger, and it's sort of up to him to decide on it. "I'm the problem. Fox, they would make it. Like, tomorrow. They would make it."
So, what's the hold up? Come on, y'all. Make this work!
In the meantime, "Chappie" hits theaters on March 6, and it looks wild.