While Chappie will surely break new ground as one of the few original sci-fi releases of 2015, director Neill Blomkamp, known for genre favorites District 9 and Elysium, was actually attempting to bring a more familiar franchise back to the big screen. It appears that he was working on a true sequel to the 1986 release Aliens, though in an unofficial capacity. He has released some of the concept art, though with no real context to why or what he was truly planning.
As everyone knowns, director Ridley Scott returned to his roots by directing the Alien prequel Prometheus, which came after two less than well received Alien Vs. Predator movies. It's possible that 20th Century Fox was also planning a true sequel, which is hinted at in art that features Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Michael Biehn as a badly scarred Hicks. We also get to see the Alien Queen on the loose, and the Engineer's ship sitting inside Weyland Corp. There is also a very intriguing design which depicts Ripley in some sort of Alien disguise.
It appears Neill Blomkamp was working on these drawings as more or less a leisure activity. Perhaps he was set to pitch this sequel idea to Fox sometime in the near future? According to his own captions, he has abandoned the idea, at least for now. In his latest tweets, he explains that this art had nothing to do with the studio, and that he simply wanted to turn his attentions to something else. Perhaps he will offer more information in the near future. For now, take a look at the cool art. Do any of you want to see this sequel? Or are you content with Prometheus and its upcoming sequel?
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-— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) January 2, 2015