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Jennifer Maas
February 18, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9 and the upcoming Chappie, has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop a script for a new Alien movie.

Variety reported Wednesday that the untitled sci-fi film will be a separate project from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, which is still in the works at Fox, and that the film will take place after that sequel.

EW confirmed with Fox that Ridley Scott/Scott Free will produce the Blomkamp-directed project, as well as producing and directing Prometheus 2.

Blomkamp has been discussing his interest in an Alien-related project on social media for several months.


But on Wednesday, Blomkamp posted on Instagram that he think’s it’s, “officially my next film.”

 More details to come.

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