The Alien series has seen it fair share of ups and downs over the years, its reputation largely cemented by the stellar first two entries, Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens. Even when they fail to live up to the standards set by these two films, they are always interesting to watch, attracting some great directorial talent, such as David Fincher for Alien³, Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Alien Resurrection, and Scott again for Prometheus.

It's safe to say then that if South African director Neill Blomkamp was to follow suit he would have been a welcome addition to this roster. The Elysium director recently showed off concept images on his Instagram of his secret Alien project, Alien: Xenomorph, which appears to have been Blomkamp's attempt to start fresh with a rebooted sequel to Aliens. The concept art shown here is total fan service, with both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn appearing in their prime, and a return to the sterile steel future seen in the earlier films. Check out the images below.

This concept is like a mix between a facehugger and a chestburster.

 

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Cpl. Hicks (Michael Biehn) would have made a scarred return.

 

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 Basically ignoring the events of "Alien³."

 

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An alien ship under inspection.

 

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Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is seen in a cool xenomorph suit.

 

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And the Queen doesn't look happy about it.

 

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It is yet another exciting Blomkamp project that probably won't see the light of day, following the aborted attempt to get a Halo movie off the ground. His actual next project, the robot drama Chappie, will see release in March.

[via Boing Boing]