In an interview on BBC Radio 2, Michael Fassbender gave a name to the creatures that will, we hope, burst out of his chest in the newest Alien movie.
Talking to radio host Steve Wright, Fassbender said, "With Alien [my parents] allowed me to watch it and I just remember seeing where the Neomorph, or whatever that creature is, burst out of John Hurt's stomach."
Now, that could literally be Fassbender just not remembering the traditional name for aliens, that is, Xenomorphs. Or it could be that he's been saying Neomorph on set for weeks while filming the Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel, and couldn't kick the habit.
According to the site Alien vs Predator Galaxy, it's the latter. They claim Neomorph is the name used on set for the particular type of alien featured in the film. It also claims that Neomorphs "are the result of the local ecosystem being mutated by the accelerant/black goo. Over time, pods started to grow on the trees and the ground, and release a spore when disturbed."
Take all of that -- and all the other details they give away -- with however many grains of salt you want. The name, at least, appears to be legitimate.
You can hear Fassbender talk about the film at about the six-minute mark:
[via Birth. Movies. Death]