Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel is back on with Sigourney Weaver in talks to return for the movie.

The District 9 filmmaker has been dropping hints about the project online in recent months, and even gave fans a glimpse of what a new Alien film could look like in late December (14), when he shared pieces of his concept art on

At the time, he claimed work on the film had been abandoned, stating, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though."

He did not reveal exactly why he was stepping away from the movie, but he refused to rule out a future return, musing, "maybe I'll go back to it... love the world".

Now it appears Blomkamp has worked out any issues with bosses at 20th Century Fox and he has since closed a deal to officially take charge of the film, reports

Blomkamp shared the news with fans on Instagram on Wednesday (18Feb15), when he uploaded a sketch of the alien xenomorph and captioned it, "Um... So I think it's officially my next film. alien".

Further details about the untitled sci-fi project have yet to be revealed, but it is separate from Prometheus 2, the second prequel original Alien director Sir Ridley Scott is developing for 2016.

Meanwhile, Scott's Alien leading lady Weaver has revealed she is interested in returning to the franchise as Ripley after working with Blomkamp on their new movie, Chappie.

During an interview on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (18Feb15), she said, "We've been talking about it (new Alien movie). He (Blomkamp) is so talented."

And Weaver confessed she had already agreed to help comedian Louis C.K. land an appearance in the next Alien film.

She added, "Louis C.K. said, 'I wanna be in it and I wanna die in a terrible way.' And I said, 'I'm sure something can be arranged.'"

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