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Neill Blomkamp Teases His Next Film (No, It’s Not ALIEN 5)

Neill Blomkamp Teases His Next Film (No, It’s Not ALIEN 5)

While we’re eagerly awaiting Neill Blomkamp‘s next film, it’s become clear that his proposed Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver isn’t happening anytime soon; Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant put the brakes on that movie. But now it appears that Blomkamp is ready to move on to another project, and he’s dropped the first hint online!

Via /Film, Blomkamp revealed this grotesque and intriguing image on his Instagram account.

Working on new things. Currently not alien

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What is it from? We have no idea. It’s not the easiest face to look at, is it? If we had to guess, we’d say that this person is very badly mutated and it looks like he has multiple mouths. There’s also no way to tell if this is a main character or simply a face in the crowd. Without context, it’s hard to draw many conclusions from it. But it seems safe to say that Blomkamp’s next project will remain firmly in the sci-fi realm.

If anything, Blomkamp’s track record with District 9, Elysium, and Chappie suggests two things: First, there’s likely to be a role in this movie for Sharlto Copley, since he has starred in all three of Blomkamp’s previous films. Second, we’d say that there is an excellent chance that Blomkamp will continue to use sci-fi as the vehicle for allegory. Blomkamp has previously used that genre as a lens to explore racism, class warfare, and other challenging themes. And he’s done so with great effect.

What do you think Blomkamp’s next project will be about? Share your theory in the comment section below!

We talked to Sigourney Weaver about the ALIEN delay:

Image: TEDx Talks

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