Neill Blomkamp plans on making a District 9 sequel
We've heard the rumours that Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel is dead for months now.
Neill previously tweeted it had a "slim" chance of ever being made, and Sir Ridley Scott said he didn't think it would ever see the light of day just last month, but now the director himself has out-and-out stated that his Alien project is pretty much over.
"I think it's totally dead, yes," Neill said when asked in an interview with The Verge. "That would be an accurate assumption at this point.
"It's sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it's gone now, and the way that it all is - it's just not going to live."
When pressed, Neill admitted that studio politics were to blame, adding that he didn't want to encroach on Ridley Scott's space.
"I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created," he said. "I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn't feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things may have played out differently."
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Instead, Blomkamp has been focusing on his latest project, Oats Studios, a series of short films that will be released online for free, to experiment with ideas that could be scaled up to feature films.
And while he admitted in the interview that he didn't want to have to interact with studios overly much, preferring to be autonomous, he did let slip that District 9 could be the exception.
"With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world," he revealed. "To go back and work with [design and effects facility] WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we're trying here."
You can find out more about Blomkamp's experimental short films project Oats Studios right here, while Ridley Scott's own Alien instalment, Alien: Covenant, is in cinemas now.
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