In this world there are very few things that mix together perfectly. Notable examples being peanut butter and jelly, LEGO and childhood, Dark Souls and broken controllers... strange ideas on paper, but put them together and life suddenly becomes brighter, lunchtimes more vivid and evening's frustrating yet accomplished after rebuilding the controller with duck tape and finally defeating Gravelord Nito.
So with this idea in mind, the revelation that District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp was working on reinstating the Xenomorph as cinema's greatest foe with his own Alien movie, set in Ridley Scott and James Cameron's world, kinda got me a little warm under the collar.
Understatement, I was very excited until Blomkamp stated on Twitter that his plans were 100% unofficial...
Though this page is unverified...
Did you feel the carpet rip out from beneath you too?
Blomkamp took to Instagram to reveal some incredible concept art featuring an aged Ripley, a returned Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Weyland-Yutani Corp headquarters, the Engineer craft from LV-426 being examined in a warehouse and, of course, a Xenomorph queen. Let's have a little look, shall we?
Ripley As Xenomorph
That's some fantastic concept art right there and it's a damn shame that this didn't come to bear fruit.
I guess if Blomkamp had gone to FOX with his pitch, the company could have deemed it too risky - handing over the reins of such an important franchise to a relative newcomer. Ridley Scott - Father of Xenomorphs, First Of His Name, and Prometheus, was a safer bet to reboot the iconic franchise. Big name and all that.
But What Could We Have Seen?
With Blomkamp, you know you will be getting a well honed tale of socio-economic dystopia with tense action and a tongue-in-cheek fanboyish wink to his love of all things fantasy-sci-fi action.
Imagine with me a new Alien movie set a number of years after the events of Aliens. The Sulaco escape pod drifts through space containing Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Jones.
Using a few plot points from Alien 3, Ripley has an Xenomorph embryo gestating inside her, but naturally the growth would have been stinted by the long cryosleep.
Weyland-Yutani come across the pod, harvest the embryo and keep the survivors in a coma, in order to extract stem cells to create Xenohuman clones, the ultimate warfaring accessory.
Proto-Bishop, out of the goodness of his heart, wakes the survivors, instigating a mad rush to survive Weyland-Yutani goons. They escape the HQ and head out onto the planet.
Bishop tells them of the horrific clones that have been created from their stem cells, Ripley's Xenomorph embryo and materials from the Engineer craft they found on the planet.
Ripley and Hicks vow to destroy the clones and take out the atrocities of Weyland-Yutani once and for all, a la the above image titled "Old Friends."
And they live happily ever after. Or not, but you get the drift. I'd love to see the human/Xenomorph hybrid again. But danger arises from a disparity in the breeding process - half the hybrids are insane, driven by a wild bloodlust, and others are calm and attentive. They could reside in the rocky garden utopia seen above.
I'm honestly a bit sad that Blomkamp isn't making an Alien film, because look at the concept art! It's absolutely astounding! The one with Ripley in a Space Jockey-esque helmet throws out so many possibilities.
But, Chappie is going to be an interesting proposition regardless.
What do you guys think?