ByTim Horton, writer at Creators.co
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Seriously cool concept art has smashed through the internets orbit this weekend that allegedly shows a now potentially defunct 'Alien sequel' project that was being developed by District 9 and Elysium‘s designer Neill Blomkamp. We also have a Xenomorph bio break down!

The images, appear to be for a project that was titled Alien Xeno. It is currently unknown whether or not the plan was to develop the story as a film, video game, graphic novel or something else entirely. The images feature the likeness of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley as well as that of Michael Biehn’s Corporal Dwayne Hicks alongside an Alien Queen, a Xenomorph-style space helmet, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and much more.

Ripley in flight suit
Ripley in flight suit

Blomkamp was apparently working without any studio's knowledge or approval. Blomkamp's film seems to take place after Aliens, but in a world where the series' third film was never made, allowing Ripley and Hicks to work together again. The film also would have gone inside the mysterious and manipulative Weyland Corporation and put Ripley in what looks like a semi-organic Xenomorph flight suit with references written on the side that refer to the 'Jockey'.

A Queen Xenomorph
A Queen Xenomorph

"Woulda rocked," Blomkamp said. "Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created."

Blomkamp's take on the Xenomorph looks awesome, faithful, but different. Below, some of the images he shared, which include work by artist Geoffroy Thoorens.

Engineer's ship!
Engineer's ship!

It'll be interesting to see what more, if anything, comes out about a project that presumably won't happen. What a potential loss for all fandom.....

The desk of an awesome geek!
The desk of an awesome geek!

The Xenomorph

The Xenomorph (Latin, Internecivus raptus, "murderous, deadly" and "seized" Miss shaped) are a silicon-based extraterrestrial, endoparasitoid species with multiple life cycles, possibly originating from the planet Proteus (also known as Xenomorph Prime). One of the most deadly of all known alien species, these creatures need a host organism in order to reproduce.

The appearance of the xenomorph varies depending on its host. The human phenotype is generally around 7–8 feet, and roughly 136.0 to 181.4 kilograms with a long, muscular tail and large, curved, oblong head. The Queen of the species is generally twice as large and possesses superior speed, strength and intelligence. The term Xenomorph is derived from the Greek words xeno ("stranger", "alien", and "foreigner") and morphe ("form", "shape").

Ripley and \hicks on right working together again!
Ripley and \hicks on right working together again!

Xenomorph biology:

Little is known about their biology, but it is known that they eat with their "tongue mouths," not their real mouths. This mouth is like the pharyngeal jaw of a moray eel. They also have acid for blood.

Intelligence?

Xenomorphs appear to possess an intelligence roughly similar to that of a typical primate. Although they do not demonstrate human-level intelligence as a species (such as abstract reasoning, introspection, and technological advancement), their queen appears to possess considerable acumen in its social behavior and manipulation of human technology, such as cutting the power of the LV-426 colony and operating an elevator.

New Xeno egg design
New Xeno egg design

In the director's commentary for Aliens, James Cameron noted that the xenomorphs in Aliens had been alive far longer than the xenomorph in the original, and so had more time to learn how to manipulate machinery, if only at the most basic level. However, the genetic xenomorphs from Alien Resurrection learned very quickly that they were being contained, so they killed the weaker one so the acid of the xenomorph`s blood would seep through the floors.

Xenomorphs seem to have some resemblance to their host, though not much. When a predator became infected the parasite became a predamorph or predalien. The mouth of the predamorph had the external mandibles seen in predators. Xenomorphs have demonstrated little emotion, though they are not completely devoid of fear, especially for their eggs, or in the presence of fire.

They have also been shown to exhibit pain through shrieks or screams when attacked. In the Aliens literature, it has been suggested that the creatures have a hive mind, or a collective consciousness directed by the Queen, who can call back and give orders to her warriors, telepathically and with shrieks.

Xenomorph
Xenomorph

Anatomy:

The Xenomorph Warrior is equipped to be the perfect killing machine. It dons an exoskeleton much like that of alobster, impenetrable to everything but the most powerful human firearms. (12-gauge shotguns, Pulse Rifles, and stanchion launchers are quite effective). Ash claims the creature's skin is made from 'protein polysaccharides', so this would imply a substance similar to Chitins. He also says the creature replaces its surface cells with polarised silicone, which is a very inert, heat resistant, and flexible polymer. This allows the creature great environmental resistance. However, they are vulnerable to sudden, massive changes in temperature, as shown in Alien 3, when the creature is destroyed by first immersion in molten lead and then sudden cooling with fire sprinklers, causing its silicone shell to shatter.

Attached at the ends of both of its arms are a set of long fingers and shiny, black, and extremely sharp claws capable of slashing through almost anything within its grasp (as seen in ALIEN books, such as Book 2: Nightmare Asylum). Its tail is long, and can be used as a whip.

Later movies show it to have ridges on top, and a serrated toxic tip at the end to lacerate enemies. It stands around 7 feet tall, averaging in at anywhere between 140 kg and 180 kg. Its mouth is filled with sharp teeth, but its main killing device is the inner jaw that shoots out to penetrate the victim's brain. The inner jaw (also known as an attack tongue) is a muscular appendage on the inside of the xenomorph's mouth.

Tough Sucker!

Even stabbings and shots through the head (though total decapitation kills them) as seen in Alien vs Predator and its sequel are not guaranteed to kill Xenomorphs. Adult xenomorphs are quick and agile, and can clamber along ceilings and walls, a skill they exhibit freely whether they are evading others, attacking, or hunting. They can survive in extreme temperatures, are well-adapted to swimming, can respirate in harsh atmospheres, and can survive in vacuum for short lengths of time. Their movement tends to be silent, and they do not radiate heat as their exoskeletal temperature matches the ambient temperature. They also salivate profusely. This saliva is not acidic, though some xenomorphs do have the ability to spit acid, which may come from their stomachs, a special gland somewhere in their throats, or acid pouches lining the head.

This can be used to blind victims, much like a spitting cobra. The creatures possess no visible eyes; Giger mandated this in his original design, because he felt that it made the creatures much more frightening if one could not tell they were looking at them. In the Alien vs. Predator series, the game implies that the xenomorph sees using its attack tongue. In the original Alien film, the top of the creature's head was semi-transparent, with empty eye sockets of human appearance visible within. This element was dropped in later movies, but reused for the Predalien design, on the front portion of its skull.

Ancient depiction of the beast
Ancient depiction of the beast

In Aliens, the adult creatures are lacking the smooth carapace covering their heads. In the commentary for Aliens, it was speculated that this was part of the maturation of the creatures, as they had been alive far longer than the original xenomorph. This maturation process involves the now adult xenomorph shedding the smooth dome-like plate covering its head, leaving the skin underneith to be exposed. In Alien³, a fisheye lens (which creates a perspective similar to that of a peephole) was used to depict the Xenomorph's sight. Whether this can be considered sight or just a filmed representation of the creatures' sensory perception is unknown.

However, in the novelization of the movie Alien, the creature is held mesmerized by a spinning green light for several minutes. Due to the absence of clearly visible eyes, it is possible that the creature uses echolocation to see its environment, much like bats. It may be for this reason that Xenomorphs hiss almost constantly. Though it may have the ability to see through an unknown structure, as they evolved differently from life on Earth.

Alien Art work
Alien Art work

Another theory is that the eyes of a Xenomorph are behind their black carapace and they see through it, similar to a one sided mirror (except in this case no one can see in, but the xenomorph can see out.) Xenomorphs can also produce a thick, strong resin, which they use to build their hives and cocoon victims. Much like termites, they mix their viscous saliva with solids. It shows amazing heat and moisture-retaining qualities.

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