Neill Blomkamp’s artificial intelligence tale Chappie comes out this year, but in an alternate universe, we may have been getting a new Alien film from the District 9 director. Blomkamp recently shared some photos on Instagram of his vision for an Alien sequel seemingly set inside the Weyland-Yutani Corporation that puts Ripley in a Space Jockey suit and resurrects Hicks.
Apropos of nothing, Blomkamp started posting various pieces of concept art last weekend. “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though,” he posted on one photo; on another, “Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created.”
It looks as if Blomkamp’s Alien follow-up would have taken place inside Weyland-Yutani headquarters, with the original derelict ship from Ridley Scott’s Alien converted into some sort of warehouse. The best part of Blomkamp’s idea is that it would not have been a sequel to Prometheus, but instead Alien 5, with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley—plus, bringing back Michael Biehn as Hicks, albeit heavily scarred.
This would seem to be exactly the kind of Alien sequel fans of the original want to see. Unfortunately, it’s not to be. A representative for Fox told Entertainment Weekly that there is no deal in place between the studio and Blomkamp. An unverified Twitter account for Blomkamp also confirmed that this was just something he came up with on his own.
Check out more concept art on Blomkamp’s Instagram. And in the meantime, here are five ways that the Prometheus sequel could actually work.
Concept art: Instagram/Neill Blomkamp