One of the many exciting things that happened recently was the sudden mysterious imagery of what appeared to be pre production work on a new Alien movie. The artwork was shown off by film director Niell Blomkamp on Instagram nd lead to speculation that he was somehow involved with the franchise.
He has said that Fox has not seen this work and it seems like he conceived all this as a fan project of sorts, just a way to dive into the world of those movies and play around a little bit.
Whats Interesting is that the while the images lack context. they still seem to form a narrative of sorts when they are compared with each other. The derelict ship from the first Alien and Aliens is acquired by Weyland Yutani and is stored at a location that resembles a large futuristic warehouse. The ship is covered in alien nest resin implying a outbreak either before or after the ship was acquired by weyland Yutani.
Other images show Ripley and Hicks making a return, implying that this is most likely a alternate take on a sequel to aliens that ignores Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, Ripley is seen with Hicks in one image and they seem like they are taking part in a raid of sorts. Ripley appears to have strapped explosives to herself and is holding the trigger, while Hicks carries his classic shotgun. Hicks also has a scarred face, keeping it consistent with the acid injury's he sustained in Aliens.
There is also the presence in some images of a artificial habitat of sorts showing green grass and tree's. A image of a Alien Queen moving through this environment can also be seen. Its possible that Weyland Yutani is using eggs found in the derelict ship to breed more Aliens, which are then field tested in this artificial environment. The possible reason Ripley and Hicks appear all geared up is because they are attacking the company head on, as a way of stopping their experiments from continuing.
The images of Ripley apparently wearing a Alien and Space Jockey style suit are intriguing. This might just be outright experimental, but it might mean that in Blomkamps concept for the story Ripley is either forced into this for a experiment or has chosen the wear this for some bizarre reason.
The artwork is brilliant and fascinating, and certainly seems like another inventive entry into the long list of alternate concepts for a third Alien film that takes Alien 3 in a different direction.