Neill Blomkamp Reveals Concept Art From Abandoned 'Alien' Film
After Alien: Covenant fell short of being the sci-fi horror masterpiece it could have been, it's easy to pine for the cancelled Alien movie which was nearly directed by sci-fi horror filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie, the recent Oats Studios).
While that movie was ultimately scrapped so Ridley Scott could focus more on his own Alien films, we still know a few details about what Blomkamp's Alien would have been like. Namely, it would have featured the return of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley and included more xenomorphs than Prometheus did. So, at least one xenomorph.
Beyond that, Blomkamp occasionally releases cool concept images from the cancelled movie, and just posted a new batch of them on his social media this week. See them below, including some unused Weyland-Yutani outfits for the doomed human characters, and one particularly doomed human staring down a xenomorph in a vent or elevator shaft:
Just going through the volume of art created for this never to be made aliens sequel. From environments to characters to set design, we did a lot. Mostly over 2015. pic.twitter.com/nkfwHu3OF7— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) December 27, 2017
According to Blomkamp, most of the art came from around 2015, and quite a bit was accomplished before the movie was finally scrapped. He's said in the past that the film would have ignored the events of worse films like Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, sticking closer to James Cameron's Aliens instead.
But Ridley Scott, as evidenced by his work on Covenant, was more interested in keeping the franchise closer in tone to his original Alien instead - or possibly, he liked 3 and Resurrection, but it's probably the first option - and didn't think the movie would fit. Scott still has more movies planned despite the new film's lackluster performance, and they're likely to be similar in tone to Covenant.
But don't worry about that. Check out this cool artwork of a UCSM drop ship that Blomkamp would have also included:
Despite that movie being totally dead, Blomkamp is still doing fairly well right now, having adapted some of his ideas for the film into newer projects. He's currently in charge of Oats Studios, which spent this past summer putting out experimental sci-fi films that were simultaneously amazing and difficult to watch due to the horror elements he added in.
In particular, his Oats Studios short film Rakka takes several pieces of the Alien movie and shapes it into something new - starring Sigourney Weaver as one of the last survivors of an alien invasion, it's yet another story about Weaver fighting aliens, but it's extremely well done and worth a watch.
In the meantime, even if Blomkamp's Alien film never came to be, it sounds like he still has more production artwork to share, so that's hopefully coming soon.