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Neill Blomkamp confirmed to direct new Alien movie

It’s official; Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is set to direct a newAlien movie for 20th Century Fox. The sci-fi follow-up will be produced by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott under his Scott Free productions banner.

Blomkamp took to Instagram to reveal the news:

Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @neillblomkamp on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:55pm PST

The as-yet untitled movie is set to follow on from the events of Prometheus 2, which will be written and directed by Scott.

Today’s news arrives weeks after Blomkamp posted concept artwork for a proposed sequel to his Instagram account. The content of those images included Sigourney Weaver as returning heroine, Ellen Ripley, kitted out in a space jockey-inspired helmet, along with Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. Blomkamp also included a snarling xenomorph queen depicted in a jungle environment.

It’s not known whether either of the two aforementioned actors will reprise their roles, or if the new movie will be splinter away from the established Alien mythology. Either way, it’s an exciting day for fans of this well-loved franchise.

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Gem Seddon
Gem Seddon

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.