Director Neill Blomkamp is best known for directing District 9 and Elysium. His upcoming film is Chappie, which looks like a remake of the 1986 classic, Short Circuit. After that, what comes next? Well, it might have been a film set in the Ridley Scott/James Cameron Alien/Aliens universe. A few hours ago, Blomkamp posted messages along with five pieces of concept art from an Alien/Aliens project that would've included Signourney Weaver's 'Ripley.' Blomkamp wrote, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though." That message was attached to an image of a Xenomorph/Alien (last image). Below, you can view all of the concept art he posted and underneath each of those is the messages he posted with them.
"Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created."
"Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph"
UPDATE #2! MORE IMAGES!
UPDATE! Blomkamp has tweeted (an unverified account) a possible clarification of the images. It seems as though Blomkamp was working on a possible Alien film on his own. Just for kicks?
I'm intrigued by the concept art featuring Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) with an older and scarred Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn). Hicks was a main character in James Cameron's Aliens (1986), which was the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. At the end of the film, Hicks along with Ripley, Newt and a badly-damaged Bishop sset their spaceship to return to Earth and enter hypersleep for the long journey. When 1992's Alien 3 (directed by David Fincher) began, most were disappointed that Hicks and Newt were killed off-screen.
The real shame is that Biehn wanted to reprise his role, but the producers decided not to include him. I could understand killing off Newt since the actress (Carrie Henn) had aged considerably from the time Aliens had wrapped, but offing Hicks left a bad taste in my mouth.
Maybe Blomkamp pitched a film idea that would've erased the wrongs Alien 3 committed, giving us the Aliens sequel we really wanted.
CHAPPiE - Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp * Written by: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell