Director Neill Blomkamp is showing off some nifty new concept art for his upcoming "Alien" flick, and it features some old favorites from the franchise.

The illustrated image, which Blomkamp shared on his Instagram page, showcases Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), who both appear tense and serious. They're face to face with someone sporting a bulky, metallic-looking suit, which also has the South Korean flag on it.

#alien going very well. Love this project

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What any of that means is anyone's guess, but it's a cool inside look at the filmmaking process. As Blomkamp said in the picture's caption, the production is "going very well" and he "love[s] this project."

It remains to be seen whether or not fans will love it, considering it will ignore the last two films in the franchise. But the return of Weaver and Biehn bodes well for the flick, and Blomkamp seems like such a fan of the material, that we're sure he'll do it justice. (Having original "Alien" director Ridley Scott on board as a producer doesn't hurt, either.)

Stay tuned for more -- it seems Blomkamp is only just getting started offering fans behind-the-scenes glimpses of the project.

[via: Neill Blomkamp]

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