This past week the horror film world got its own special kind of hug when Neill Blomkamp, director of the grungy-beautiful District 9, announced he would be taking on the fifth installment of the Alien series with its original director, Ridley Scott, signing on as producer. Blomkamp made the official announcement over Instagram and Twitter after teasing fans with fantastic images of Alien concept art for nearly two months. And hot damn doesn’t some of that concept art look good. Ripley is shown in a xenomorph-like “space-jockey mask” and we also see some great images of the queen, a harrowing alien ship (The Derelict), and Weyland-Yutani Corp (keep scrolling).
In addition to Blomkamp’s artistic prowess, it’s clear the man can tell a great story. District 9 may be to this day the only science fiction film to legit make me cry. Through fantastic storytelling, Blomkamp takes ugly, threatening creatures and makes the human viewer sympathetic to their plight.
The xenomorph in the Alien franchise is quite different. It is one of the most unsympathetic creatures in all of horror film. While it is effectively kidnapped to be used as a weapon, this alien is incredibly intelligent, resilient, and powerful killing humans with its very birth. It will be interesting to see if Blomkamp takes a note from his own District 9 to create a compelling narrative and a sympathetic monster for this next Alien film.