On February 28th, 2019, IGN released a digital series of in-game cinematics and additional footage from Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly's 2014 survival game (of which IGN notoriously gave the game it's lowest rating; 5.9 out of 10) intended to elaborate on the story of its protagonist Amanda Ripley (daughter of Ellen Ripley). The series was met with contempt from the fans due to its poor production quality (unsurprising considering its micro-budget) and the fact that it was a clear cash-in to the mobile/cell phone game Alien: Blackout, released January 24th, 2019.
The Alien: Isolation/Blackout letdown follows after 2017's Alien: Covenant, which somehow created a greater division among fans, critics, and audiences than it's predecessor, Prometheus did in 2012. In a time when most fandoms are being labeled as toxic the Alien fandom, for the most part, somehow remains one of the few mostly optimistic fandoms. And it would seem the Alien fandom has been rewarded for its patience...
Released to celebrate the franchises 40th-anniversary Alien: Containment is the first in a collection of short movies made by fans. However, unlike the IGN digital series first impressions suggest this series of movie shorts have been produced to a relatively high standard, one that rivals recent Star Wars fan films such as Birth of a Monster, Kenobi, and of course Vader: Shards of the Past.
Alien: Containment was written and directed by Chris Reading, and stars Gaia Weiss, Theo Barklem Biggs, Sharon Duncan Brewster, and Adam Loxley.
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The future of Alien
The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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