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Blomkamp's 'Alien' Film Will 'Break a Lot of New Ground,' Sigourney Weaver Says

It's not as if we required any convincing, but Sigourney Weaver is sure Neill Blomkamp is the ideal filmmaker for the next installment of the "Alien" franchise.

“I can’t think of a better director,” she told Variety Wednesday at the New York City premiere of Blompkamp's "Chappie." “He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.”

Weaver will reprise her iconic role as Ellen Ripley in the Fox sequel, which Blomkamp has said will tie into 1979's "Alien" and 1986's "Aliens" (while not, he assured, undoing "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection").

Blomkamp's "Chappie," which features Weaver alongside stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman, opens Friday nationwide. The new "Alien" film would appear to be the director's next project.

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