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District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Shows Off Art From Abandoned Alien Sequel

by Mike Futter on Jan 02, 2015 at 07:59 AM

Last night, the world learned that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was involved in film project in the Alien universe. We didn’t hear this via press release or an exclusive story in a trade publication. No, Blomkamp shared these himself, which doesn’t bode well for the project.

“Was working on this,” he writes. “Don't think I am anymore. Love it though.” The message includes a link to an Instagram gallery featuring a number of images, including Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks (with some nasty scars).

Not much information is available, of course, but it looks like Blomkamp’s take on the Alien-verse would have introduced some changes to the Xenomorph. One of the images shows a change in the Facehuggers and their eggs. 

There’s also a look at Ripley’s face as part of a Xenomorph. She’s been cloned before (see: Alien: Resurrection), and this might be another replica of the original, deceased Ellen Ripley (though the presence of Hicks suggests it would have been slotted after Aliens).

Unfortunately, we may never know what Blomkamp was planning for his take on the franchise. For now, we do have some exciting images that set our minds spinning about the possibilities. 

[Source: Neil Blomkamp on Twitter, Instagram]