Neill Blomkamp, who's probably now racing to get as much work done as possible on his Alien sequel before the studio continues to see how dismally his Chappie has been received to avoid more cooks being sent to his kitchen, talked up his ambitious sequel in a chat with Empire. Of note, the South African writer-director says that the film will not interfere with Ridley Scott's plans for Prometheus 2.
"I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," Blomkamp stated, making clear he did not want to "tread on the toes" of what Scott was working on. "One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make."
He also said he ran the extremely bold title he has in mind for the film by Scott. "I sent the title I wanted to Ridley," Blomkamp revealed. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title. But in the event that it doesn't work, I'm dead in the water..."
What's in a name, indeed?
Sounds like Blomkamp is wisely making sure to work with one of the great minds in sci-fi while finding a way to reinvigorate one of the genre's major series. It's an interesting tag-team, for sure, with Scott working prequels to flesh out the world he created with the first Alien and Blomkamp mapping out a sequel that will hopefully make the primary series relevant again.