Photo via Neill Blomkamp’s Instagram
While most of us were ringing in the New Year with bottles of champagne, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp used the first day of 2015 to reveal a handful of very interesting images which suggest he was once involved in an Alien movie project.
“Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though #alien #xenomorph”, he wrote below a picture of an enraged Xenomorph Queen. One post, simply captioned “Wtf?” depicts the Derelict Ship stationed inside what appears to be Weyland-Yutani Corp. Others offer more views of “The Company” and reference “the world Ridley Scott created”, and there’s even a few featuring Ellen Ripley herself (played, of course, by Sigourney Weaver). According to an illustrated film poster, the project went under the working title of Alien Xena.
As mesmerizing as the images are, it seems as though the project has been shelved for the time being and quite possibly was never actually commissioned by Alien film executives to begin with. “Ps 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”, a Twitter account allegedly run by Blomkamp himself posted yesterday. “They didn’t really even know I was working on it ha.”
However, as one Instagram picture posted just Friday afternoon suggests, we may not have to wait long before hearing more from Alien Xena. “maybe I’ll go back to it … love the world.”