New ‘Alien’ film in the works from ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp

It's currently unknown whether Sigourney Weaver will return as Ripley

Neill Blomkamp – the director of Elysium and District 9 – has confirmed that he is making a new Alien film.

Earlier this year (2015), Blomkamp shared a series of concept art images for a new Alien film on his Instagram page. The South African director later admitted that his concept art was “completely unsanctioned” by 20th Century Fox, the makers of the Alien films, and said that he started working on ideas for Alien 5 “basically for fun”.

However, Blomkamp took to Instagram last night (February 18) to announce that he is now “officially” on board to revive the Alien franchise.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that Blomkamp has finalised a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop a new Alien film which will apparently be set “years after” the upcoming sequel to Prometheus, the 2012 sci-fi film that was based very loosely on the Sigourney Weaver-led franchise.

At present, it is said to be “unclear” whether Weaver will revive her iconic role as Ellen Ripley in Blomkamp’s new Alien film. The actress showed some enthusiasm for the mooted sequel earlier this month (February), saying: “If it was someone as talented as Neill [making it], I’d certainly listen.”

Weaver first played Ripley in 1979’s sci-fi classic Alien before reprising the role in 1986’s Aliens, a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination, and again in 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien Resurrection. She also provided the voice of Ripley in the video game Alien: Isolation, which was released last year (2014).

She also has a supporting role in Chappie, Blomkamp’s third film as director following 2009’s District 9 and 2013’s District 9, which is set for release on March 9. Watch the trailer below.