Continuing his gorilla marketing campaign for his upcoming project, ‘Alien 5,’ Neill Blomkamp has posted another piece of concept art to Instagram which you can see below. The artwork shows Ridley and Hicks, as well as a couple of other characters we do not yet know, standing in what looks like some kind of storage facility, facing what looks like a soldier as he is wearing futuristic armor, that also has the South Korean flag on his left shoulder. Blomkamp tagged the photo with the words “#alien going very well. I Love this project.”
And what can we learn from this pic? Speculation is flying about that South Korean flag, with theories that the futuristic Weyland-Yutani Corporation, depicted in the original movies as a British/Japanese conglomerate, might now have a South Korean component due to the events of the previous film that saw the organization replaced on Earth by the United Systems military, and then emerge once again, more powerful than before, after the story that occurs in ‘Alien Resurrection.’ The pic also helps cement the idea that Hicks will have a role in the film, even though we have yet to confirm the return of Michael Biehn to the franchise.
With Blomkamp’s obvious excitement for the film, one cannot help but wonder how the director will do this time around, not having met much success since his first major film, ‘District 9.’ His follow-ups, ‘Elysium‘ and ‘Chappie‘ have not been well-received, with many wondering if Blomkamp was a one-hit wonder. However, if ‘Alien 5’ turns out successful, it might just be that Blomkamp operates better with some guidelines and inside the box thinking, with ‘Elysium’ and ‘Chappie’ failing because Blomkamp could do whatever he wanted without restraint. Now that he’s working in an established franchise with certain rules that must be followed, we might just see the man return to form and produce his best picture yet, which would be wonderful both for fans of Blomkamp, and of the ‘Alien’ franchise.