Rakka (2017)

Neill Blomkamp’s Alien Invasion film starring Sigourney Weaver

A tale of a dystopian future where an unknown alien group have colonised the earth and humans struggle to fight back. The fantasy visuals are fantastic in a hideous Blomkamp style. Seeing what has been done here reaffirms he should have been handed the keys to Alien and allowed to bring imagination and creativity back to a franchise that has, seemingly, been sold down the river. Money men and, apparently, Ridley Scott himself are OK with remixing what’s gone before with unlovable characters and scripts bordering on laughable. Hopefully the old fart will retire before long. That said, though the eagerly-anticipated Aliens follow-up is currently dead, a massive shame no doubt, this could well be the start of something even better. This new alien/human conflict concept is exciting…. Sure, it’s a short with a limited purse so it has minor shortcomings, slightly rough edges but just imagine if it had a full budget and Sigourney in a lead role.

Neill Blomkamp pitched a proposal for Alien 5 to Fox and to Ridley Scott. Fox was interested, too, but then Scott decided he wanted to keep that sandbox for himself, and since he’d created the original 38 years ago, he got the greenlight instead of Blomkamp. While we’ve gotten Prometheus and now Alien: Covenant, Blomkamp’s project has been left in limbo. Scott, in an interview back in early May told French website Allocine when asked if Neill’s project would get a go-ahead: “I don’t think so, no.” Not one to let a good idea lay around, Neill found himself released from the confines of the original Alien mythos and used the opportunity to develop and release a first short film, titled Rakka, from Oats Studios.
Sigourney Weaver in Rakka by Neill Blomkamp

Written and Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Robert Hobbs


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