Back in 2009, director Neill Blomkamp
stunned the moviegoing public with an emotionally-distressing, thoroughly intelligent piece of sci-fi entitled District 9
. Co-written by Blomkamp and his spouse, Terri Tatchell
, the xenophobic thriller went on to earn four Oscar nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Post-District 9, however, Blomkamp has struggled to find a similar level of critical and financial success in his follow-up films, Elysium
(2013) and Chappie
(2015), but their divisive receptions didn’t deter the director from pursuing his dream project. In early 2015, Blomkamp took to Instagram
and posted several images depicting concept art for an unannounced Alien
movie, causing quite the viral stir.
Through subsequent interviews, Blomkamp revealed that the project was a planned sequel to Ridley Scott
and James Cameron
, which would ultimately disregard the quadrilogy’s final two entries, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection
. Eventually dubbed Alien: Awakening, the