'District 9' Director Drops Amazing 'Alien' Sequel Concept Art
Ripley as a Space Jockey! Hicks with acid scars! Why can't we see this movie?!
Every Alien fan is going to want to take a close look at this new batch of pictures of concept art for an Alien sequel that's apparently been abandoned. District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp posted them on his Instagram Thursday with the brief and vague message, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though." The pictures show Ripley and an acid-scarred Hicks from Aliens in a movie called Alien: Xenomorph.
We literally don't know anything about these pictures except what Blomkamp has told us in his captions and via an unverified Twitter account. But it looks like this movie might have been pitched as a true sequel to Aliens that would have possibly ignored Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. It definitely doesn't seem to fit in with Prometheus. In a message on that Twitter account, Blomkamp wrote, "They didn't really even know I was working on it ha."
So our best guess is this was some kind of passion project Blomkamp was doing on the side while working on other things with the hope that maybe he might be allowed to hi-jack the Alien franchise for one pretty amazing-looking movie. Blomkamp credited the art to Geoffroy Thoorens and Doug Williams. Here's Geoffrey's Deviantart page, and Doug's blog.
The first picture Blomkamp posted was the Queen Alien rampaging through what's revealed (in another piece) to be the Weyland Corporation's headquarters.
The second image shows the busted ship from Alien (later revealed in a new light in Prometheus) sitting in a Weyland-Yutani hangar.
This exterior of Weyland HQ definitely looks like it's paying homage to another Ridley Scott movie, Blade Runner. From what we can see of the structure, it looks like a spiritual twin to the Tyrell Corporation's home office.
Here's Ripley wearing a suicide bomb and Hicks, with an acid-scarred face, preparing to face annihilation armed with a shotgun.
Blomkamp identified this one as an interior from Weyland Corp. headquarters.
This is the most interesting picture in the bunch. It shows Ripley wearing an exo-suit that looks like a mix between an Alien body and the Space Jockey from the first movie. What does it mean?! Would Ripley have discovered the xenomorphs' secret origin?
This image says this it's in Weyland-Yutani's headquarters, but we have no idea who that messed-up looking guy is. Maybe this is someone who's been captured and cocooned by the aliens? Maybe it's some experiment gone wrong? Not sure.
Blomkamp says this is his "home desk #xenomorph."
Here's a better look at Hicks. He looks like he took a spray of alien acid blood to the face and lived to talk about it. We like this far more than the ignoble end the space marine met between Aliens and Alien 3.
And here's a new facehugger and egg design Blomkamp would ahve used in his movie. Yup. That thing's creepy.