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Neill Blomkamp Reveals His Alien 5 Fan-Art

Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9 and Elysium, has recently posted up a series of Alien 5 inspired concept art pieces that showcase his ideas for a potential Alien 5 movie starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. In 2013, the director first revealed his strong desire to direct Alien 5. Some of these new images would seem to date from spring 2014 and Blomkamp has now stated on his Instagram account that he’s no longer working on these ideas.

This has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not show some work.” The director stated.

Thanks to Jenga for the news.



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  1. The Eighth Passenger
    We need a George Lucas special edition that keeps both the dog and ox, resulting in two aliens, with enough eggs and facehuggers to make it work.

    Don't forget he needs to replace all the Pulse Rifles with walkie-talkies.

    That was Spielberg!  :laugh:

    Also don't forget, they need to make sure that the impaled corpse in Alien 3 is positively identified as Turk. And put a CGI Hicks in at the end during Ripley's swan dive falling down on his knees and going NOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Seriously thoug, the new edition could have facehugger digitally changed into super-facehugger. That would be dream come true along with extended edition with dog insted of ox.

    I would like to see the fugger impregnate a Jaguar. Maybe Andrew's pet Jaguar. That is after all what Giger's original runner was based on.

    And we should pester Charles incessantly for an Alien 3 Final Cut. I think the Corporal has his email address.  ;)
  2. Master
    We need a George Lucas special edition that keeps both the dog and ox, resulting in two aliens, with enough eggs and facehuggers to make it work.  Someone should give George a call.  I don't think he's busy.

    Yeah I thought thesame. Seriously thoug, the new edition could have facehugger digitally changed into super-facehugger. That would be dream come true along with extended edition with dog insted of ox.
  3. Kelgaard
    We need a George Lucas special edition that keeps both the dog and ox, resulting in two aliens, with enough eggs and facehuggers to make it work.  Someone should give George a call.  I don't think he's busy.
  4. HuDaFuK
    The shot of the original should have been removed for the assembly cut imho. Or at least changed, with a digital super-hugger instead.

    Yeah, this. As it is I just put it down to a goof and pretend the first one is the Super Hugger.

    I still hope to see the queen hugger in a future film one day because what Master said.

    One was in the Sea of Sorrows novel, which kinda surprised me.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    How could I underestimate the nerdery on AvPG!

    Pft. How could you even?

    Pretty ironic that the Queen facehugger is only seen around the dead cow, and the regular facehugger is seen attacking the cryotubes (and presumably on Ripley's face in the opening sequence scan).

    The shot of the original should have been removed for the assembly cut imho. Or at least changed, with a digital super-hugger instead.
  6. Local Trouble
    Pretty ironic that the Queen facehugger is only seen around the dead cow, and the regular facehugger is seen attacking the cryotubes (and presumably on Ripley's face in the opening sequence scan).

    My theory is that it's the same facehugger.  It just shed its cells and replaced them with armor, spikes and webbing to adapt to its hostile aquatic environment following the EEV's splashdown.

    Go ahead, throw yours slings and arrows.  I've endured it all before.
  7. Kelgaard
    Before learning of the super facehugger, I just assumed without question that there was more than one facehugger on the ship, that we simply just didn't see more than one at a time.
  8. MrSpaceJockey
    Pretty ironic that the Queen facehugger is only seen around the dead cow, and the regular facehugger is seen attacking the cryotubes (and presumably on Ripley's face in the opening sequence scan).
  9. Local Trouble
    One thing I'd never thought of was the double-dipping Facehugger. Even if we accept the deus ex of it (or its egg) being on the Sulaco, how does it impregnate Ripley AND the cow (or dog). I'm sure there's a fifty page thread on that in here somewhere...

    Originally it was supposed to be a "Super Facehugger" with a different design, capable of impregnating one host with a Queen and another with a regular Alien to act as her protector. That much kinda makes some logical sense. But the idea was dropped and they went with a regular Facehugger, presumably just hoping no one would notice.

    I've been theorizing that since 1992, but I thought it was always only fanon (and only then for a select few).  When did it finally gain common acceptance among fans?  I weathered a lot flames over that because some people just couldn't abide the idea of a "royal facehugger" back then.  It just didn't compute.
  10. HuDaFuK
    One thing I'd never thought of was the double-dipping Facehugger. Even if we accept the deus ex of it (or its egg) being on the Sulaco, how does it impregnate Ripley AND the cow (or dog). I'm sure there's a fifty page thread on that in here somewhere...

    Originally it was supposed to be a "Super Facehugger" with a different design, capable of impregnating one host with a Queen and another with a regular Alien to act as her protector. That much kinda makes some logical sense. But the idea was dropped and they went with a regular Facehugger, presumably just hoping no one would notice.

    The Super Facehugger is seen very briefly in the Assembly Cut.
  11. Russ
    I kind of wish they'd gone for the themes of the earlier drafts. I think some of the comments on that article are bang on - Alien3 a bit of mess, pritt-sticked from other scripts and also the person that notes that many people were just pissed off they got Alien3 instead of Aliens 2.

    One thing I'd never thought of was the double-dipping Facehugger. Even if we accept the deus ex of it (or its egg) being on the Sulaco, how does it impregnate Ripley AND the cow (or dog). I'm sure there's a fifty page thread on that in here somewhere...
  12. HuDaFuK
    But like I said, even if you wanted to retain all of that (and it wouldn't have made much difference to the basic story), then just have her be unaware of another EEV having been launched.

    But that still wouldn't be the same. Not knowing exactly what happened to them is different from knowing definitively that they are dead. It was that sense of absolute loss that their unequivocal deaths brought to the plot. Anything other than that would have left her with hope.

    Not to mention Bishop would know if they'd been safely shot off in another EEV when he accessed the black box.
  13. Xenomorphine
    it wouldnt have been a safe place for the facehugger. It would have waited

    Neither was Med Lab. When a potential victim is standing around, they'll do all they can to get to it. Successfully latching on a victim's face is actually their best chance for survival: The other members of the proverbial tribe are unlikely to want to kill one of their own. That's what the Alien relies on.

    Also, Newt was relatively unprotected when Ripley was engaging the Queen with a powerloader - and, before that, the Queen was just stomping around for a minute or so, hunting around for Newt. A facehugger running around should have made an appearance at that point (and would have had a much easier time of chasing her under that floor.

    It would've changed things a lot - there would've been hope. Having them separated but out there somewhere means there's a chance they'll be reunited eventually. Having them dead means there's no hope at all. It's over. Finished. That's a big difference for Ripley's character.

    But like I said, even if you wanted to retain all of that (and it wouldn't have made much difference to the basic story), then just have her be unaware of another EEV having been launched.

    Would've been the same situation as Ripley 8, who is assuming she's alone, but we, as fans, know there's still a mysterious unexplained absence of 'Ripley 7' (who could be anything).

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    Really? I always thought that never occurred. I'd always either miraculously survive or wake up before it happened.

    Apparently so! It's not something I've personally experienced, but others have.

    Then again, you're supposedly not meant to see yourself in third-person, like you're in a movie, but I've had that. I also have memories of what it was like when in the womb and of being born, which are also usually declared as being impossible.

    So, I don't think it's unreasonable to be portrayed in such a fashion. Especially when we know Ripley had been repeatedly dreaming about getting killed (or worse), before. In hypersleep, you don't have the option of a nightmare ending by waking up from it, after all. You're in a coma until computers decide otherwise.
  14. HuDaFuK
    She would have been cut off from them if they had been jettisoned for elsewhere (especially if she had no idea) or kept in stasis, too. It really wouldn't have changed much.

    It would've changed things a lot - there would've been hope. Having them separated but out there somewhere means there's a chance they'll be reunited eventually. Having them dead means there's no hope at all. It's over. Finished. That's a big difference for Ripley's character.

    Many people do.

    Really? I always thought that never occurred. I'd always either miraculously survive or wake up before it happened.
  15. Jman
    I think many people on this thread have some interesting ideas and opinions concerning plot lines that can jump from the ending of ALIENS (thus somehow bypassing the events of A3 and A:R) to make a new movie, as well as a true sequel that keeps Ripley, Hicks, and maybe even Newt alive. A movie with those characters re-appearing would draw an enormous audience, in my opinion. 
  16. Nazrel
    It absolutely served a purpose. The entire point of Alien 3 was Ripley losing everything, yet again, to the Alien. If they were still alive somewhere that would totally negate that point.

    As I said, you can love or hate the decision, but it was an integral part of what the third film was trying to do.

    She would have been cut off from them if they had been jettisoned for elsewhere (especially if she had no idea) or kept in stasis, too. It really wouldn't have changed much.

    What matters is that, emotionally, it's the Boba Fett effect: The deaths felt cheap.

    We wouldn't even need additional footage of the facehugger.  The audience is smart enough to assume that it hitched a ride on the sly.

    An egg, on the other hand, requires far more rationalization than that.

    Actually, that would just exchange one plot-hole for another. Instead of not knowing where the egg came from, we'd be wondering why the facehugger didn't join in and either attack Ripley or, more obviously, Newt.

    Anyway, how could it all be a dream? You never dream about your own death :P

    Many people do.

    it wouldnt have been a safe place for the facehugger. It would have waited
  17. Xenomorphine
    It absolutely served a purpose. The entire point of Alien 3 was Ripley losing everything, yet again, to the Alien. If they were still alive somewhere that would totally negate that point.

    As I said, you can love or hate the decision, but it was an integral part of what the third film was trying to do.

    She would have been cut off from them if they had been jettisoned for elsewhere (especially if she had no idea) or kept in stasis, too. It really wouldn't have changed much.

    What matters is that, emotionally, it's the Boba Fett effect: The deaths felt cheap.

    We wouldn't even need additional footage of the facehugger.  The audience is smart enough to assume that it hitched a ride on the sly.

    An egg, on the other hand, requires far more rationalization than that.

    Actually, that would just exchange one plot-hole for another. Instead of not knowing where the egg came from, we'd be wondering why the facehugger didn't join in and either attack Ripley or, more obviously, Newt.

    Anyway, how could it all be a dream? You never dream about your own death :P

    Many people do.
  18. tmoldovan
    To add my 2 cents, in Xmen, the universe is so hoaky, characters come and go all the time. I still enjoy the movies, I just don't take them very seriously.
    Alien universe, on the other hand started very seriously, and Sigourney has always given it a 110%, even though Fox seems to try to f**k it up at every step.

    I didn't even care about Hicks and Newt, and while the plot point is solid, I felt that their deaths and the egg were a cheap exit, and should have been handled better.

    I think Blomkamp could give the movie a serious, gritty treatment that the Alien and the universe deserve, and it could and should be done without Ripley. At this point Fox is just using her as a crutch on their shitwagon.

    Edit: let me add this, in fairness to Fox, Predators and Prometheus seem like serious attempts, so maybe there is someone there paying attention.
  19. viendammage
    Like I said, if the new Superman movie opened with Clark, Perry and co standing a by a grave that read "RIP Lois Lane" because it served the plot (for say a Wonder Woman romance), that wouldn't be acceptable.
    Right. But Alien3 doesn't do anything like that. It's the equivalent of opening with Superman being busy doing something else while Lois died. Later, there's a funeral.

    People can hate it all they want, it's still not a handwave or a cop out or any of a dozen other descriptions. A character is shown dying. Don't like it? Good, because you're not meant to.

    Prometheus is half prequel, half reboot.  Predators is half sequel half remake.  Superman Returns is a pseudo sequel to Superman.  Terminator 3 negated Terminator and T2.  X-Men Days of Future Past made $750 million dollars and I never saw 16 pages and 200+ responses explaining or complaining how Professor Xavier came back to life after being evaporated in 3.  His consciousness put into the comatose body of a twin brother we never heard about over 7 films?  The hardcore fans who would care or nitpick about things like that are not the general audience.  Highlander should have ended after the first movie but spawned 4 sequels and 2 television series.

    If an in demand filmmaker like Blomkampp could come up with a decent story for a price, you bet your ass Fox would tell him to make an Aliens sequel with Ripley and Hicks with no mention of 3 or Resurrection.  They're not interested in continuity, they're interested in more franchise.   The comic books, video games, whatever mythology would have no bearing on a film whatsoever.  Look at the new Star Wars movies not taking into account any of the books, comics or video games from the last 30 years.  That's not going to stop them from being huge hits.  Unless they're really bad...

    Fact is, people are way more excited to see Ripley and Hicks return than Prometheus 2 and that says a lot.  Any new movie won't be for the hardcore Alien experts who have followed it in every medium.  It's just been too diluted and the studio doesn't care as long as they can sell it off the back of a known and revered hit.
  20. Russ
    People can hate it all they want, it's still not a handwave or a cop out or any of a dozen other descriptions. A character is shown dying. Don't like it? Good, because you're not meant to.

    I don't hate it - I say above, I think they were marked to die anyway. That's all good, it's how you deal with established characters is the point. That's the handwave/cop-out part. "Ahh, f**k it, we'll kill 'em off in the first reel, it'll resonate." Well, yes it does, but for all the wrong reasons.

    It's not about "bringing Hicks back" -- But snuffing him out essentially off camera doesn't work well - and clearly, I'm not the only person that thinks that. Though I seem to be on this thread, it must be noted.

    As I've said above -- Alien3 (Assembly) is a good movie, but in terms of the franchise, it was not the right call in terms of what had been established previously. Tonally, the deaths work for that movie, but it was the wrong movie (especially if we go on the theatrical cut!) - a square peg in the round hole of Aliens. But - standing alone without the events of Aliens, then Alien3 is as bleak and as fitting as it gets.

    You know, I've just thought as I write this, I think what may stick in people's craw is the double deus ex. It's not just Hicks, its (for some the very irritating) Newt as well. Clearly, they're inconvenient for the plot of Alien3 (I still maintain, whoever on here came up with AL III EN is a hero in my eyes - its so much better) so they're just done away with, handwaved or whatever you want to call it.

    That's the point. As you say, you're not supposed to like it when a character dies: you know as well as anyone, film is supposed to illicit emotion. A major character dies, we're supposed to feel sad, angry or both. We've invested in these characters, we want to be satisfied and have some emotion. The way Alien3 dealt with those those characters in a way breaks the fourth wall... you're not upset for the character, you're upset with the film.

    All that said, in the final analysis, it is what it is and they made those decisions for whatever reasons. I don't know why they opted not to bring Michael Biehn back - I guess you (SiL) would know more about the production background to that I would. If it wasn't behind the scenes stuff (read: money and egos), then in terms of story for me it was a bad choice. Again, as I type, for me it's about lack of closure.

    Yes. I think I have nailed it for myself and got to the heart of the matter (as far as I'm concerned, for me personally - doesn't have to apply to anyone else). It's like therapy in here - there is no closure for that character, his death is just mentioned and that's not good writing. As I say, the truth may be that it was all about off-screen stuff (in which case they had no choice).


    Sorry to start my posting on a negative note, but in what planet can you compare Superman and Alien tho.

    On planet "illustrating a point about killing a major character off screen in a sequel to serve the plot."

    Hicks had an arc in Aliens (from "just a grunt" to "Hicks is in command now" - which even Gorman accepts in the end). He was a protagonist (not "the" protagonist of course). It's bad form to kill them off screen without so much as by-your-leave. As I say, even GI Joe showed that, man... we had closure on Channing Tatum *lol*.

    As for you words on the what kind of future there would be for Newt, I think in "A.N.Other" version, it would have taken place in the future with a grown Newt (if she was even going to be in it at all). But you're right, in whatever future, both of them would have been f**ked - if not initially, then certainly after the third movie that never was.

    Again, as I type, maybe setting the story directly after Aliens caused problems? Though, I'll admit, kicking off another adventure that DIDN'T happen directly after ALSO has problems. The very first comic handled Hicks and Newt very well (and plays into your oligarchy stuff as well) but a machine gut toting Ripley was not as well done, I thought.
  21. The Eighth Passenger
    While Neumann's eloquent prose and heartfelt, in-depth characterizations would certainly warrant a multi Academy Award™ winning Shakespearean method actor, I feel that too many of the niceties and subtleties would be lost on the typical Aliens fanboi who just wants Xeno's & Pulse rifles in their Alien flick.
  22. SiL
    Like I said, if the new Superman movie opened with Clark, Perry and co standing a by a grave that read "RIP Lois Lane" because it served the plot (for say a Wonder Woman romance), that wouldn't be acceptable.
    Right. But Alien3 doesn't do anything like that. It's the equivalent of opening with Superman being busy doing something else while Lois died. Later, there's a funeral.

    People can hate it all they want, it's still not a handwave or a cop out or any of a dozen other descriptions. A character is shown dying. Don't like it? Good, because you're not meant to.
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