All we really know for sure about Neill Blomkamp’s next project is that it is in fact an Alien film, taking place somewhere in the universe that Ridley Scott created back in 1979. According to some, it could be a prequel, or it could discount the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. It does sound like Sigourney Weaver is going to be back as cinematic badass Ellen Ripley, and Michael Biehn might be back as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. He appears in Blomkamp’s concept art and when asked, said he has been contacted (I guess it’s possible he could play a character besides Hicks).
In Blomkamp’s pictures, Hick’s face is half melted, presumably by the highly corrosive Xenomorph blood. While this looks pretty damn awesome, David Woodruff and his special effects company, Generation Effects Inc, cranked things up a few notches. He and his team did a makeup test based on the concept art, which shows what Hicks could look like in real life. We ran across these photos at Terminator Fans, and they’re awesome.
Obviously, these are not official in any capacity. You’ll notice that, while that dude resembles Biehn, the actor is nowhere to be found. Regardless of all of that, they look really, really good. Not only to they totally resemble the conceptual drawings, the prosthetics, the makeup, everything looks seamless and super professional. Check out their Facebook page to see a bunch of pictures of the fantastic practical creature effects work these guys create, there is some really cool stuff.
Also, they appear to have tons of other wonderful toys to play with, like those prop guns and a life size Xenomorph, which is something I’ve always wanted to own, though I have no real reason to posses.
We’re really curious to learn more about Blomkamp’s upcoming Alien picture (for that matter, we really want to see Chappie when it opens this weekend). While there have been concerns that the movie could ignore the events of the last two films in the franchise—Blomkamp said he wants his film to be the genetic sibling of Alien and Aliens, not to mention that Hicks dies in Alien 3—the director has said that is not the case. It’s going to be interesting to see how all of this plays out, but we’re excited to watch.