Nowadays when i look at weird story ideas in Alien i think back to Blue Marsalis..
A lot of these weirder "no that could never work" concepts can be good and compelling in the hands of the right writer,
done with the right care, with proper themes and stakes in place.
(They could've gotten away with the biomech suit idea too if written well.. and if the final design didn't look like a halloween costume).
Was there any actual screenwriter attached to this or was it just Blomkamp going at it alone?