There is no doubt that this is a very exciting time to be a fan of the Alien franchise. There is a TV series in active development at FX and Hulu under the supervision of Noah Hawley, the mastermind behind Legion and Fargo. We know that it will be a prequel series set on Earth and that it is going to be set around 70 years from now with no returning characters other than the alien itself. So, no Ripley, no David, just humanity encountering xenomorphs and probably regretting it. However, while scripts have been written, it has been stated that it will not start filming until spring 2023 at the earliest. So, we need to be patient with that one.
We also know that a new Alien film is in development at Hulu, produced by Ridley Scott. This will be unconnected to Scott’s recent Alien prequels and directed by Fede Alvarez, who has excellent horror credentials with his Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe. However, while we can’t wait to see what Alvarez will bring to the Alien universe, we are going to have to. The last real news about this new movie was back in March, which suggests that it will be a while yet before it gets in front of the cameras. So, what can Alien fans do while we are waiting for new movies and series to enjoy? Here are a few suggestions.
Start By Rewatching The Classics
The obvious thing to do if you are feeling the urge to watch some Alien movies is to do exactly that. The series may have had its highs and lows over the last few years, but there can be no denying that Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens are cast-iron masterpieces. David Fincher’s Alien 3 continues to be one of the most fascinating big-budget sci-fi sequels out there, and the workprint cut shows a tantalising glimpse of what his vision could have been if the studio had not interfered with it. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection has enjoyed a reappraisal as a wild dark comedy in recent years that only gets more interesting with age. Ridley Scott may never finish his prequel story, but Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are both moments of brilliant inspiration. And there are the AVP movies if you want to see how some ideas are better left on the page.
Check Out The Comics
Long-time fans of the Alien franchise will tell you that the comics have always had some of the best storytelling and coolest ideas out there. Alien: The Illustrated Story, written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by Walt Simonson, is a faithful adaptation of the first movie, but if you want to do some real exploration, the Dark Horse comics are the place to start. These comics go from spin-offs of the movies (there are plenty of stories with Hicks and Newt for anyone who is still not happy about their fate in Alien 3) to entirely new ideas, boasting chills, invention, and plenty of blood and guts. Whether you are looking for a story of space stations being overrun or Alien vs Predator tales in a futuristic Tokyo, you are not going to run out of comics to explore anytime soon.
Play The Videogames
There is a special place in the hearts of those of us old enough to remember them for the Alien vs Predator video games, but in recent years there have been a number of different Alien releases that have either dazzled or disappointed. Arguably the best for anyone who wants to relive the sheer terror of the first movie is Alien: Isolation, a game about Ripley’s daughter Amanda arriving at the space station Sevastopol only to discover that an Alien is on board and decimating the crew. It is very scary and extremely tense and involves a lot of hiding and trying not to make a sound. You are going to need to find a way to blow off some steam afterwards and playing a few movies-themed slot games at an online casino is a good way to stay in-universe. OnlineCasinos rank the best casinos for online slots and offer a range of reviews and resources to help. You will definitely need a way to destress if you decide to play Alien: Colonial Marines, which was widely derided as being one of the worst Alien games ever. We would recommend that you try Aliens: Fireteam Elite instead or wait for 2023’s Aliens: Dark Descent.
Read The Novels
In addition to the comics, there is also a legion of Alien universe novels that you can dive into. There are novelisations of the original three movies written by Alan Dean Foster, who also worked on many Star Wars and Star Trek novels, and you can find adaptations of every Alien movie in print. However, your time would be better spent exploring the standalone stories which like the comics, are a mixture of original stories and alternate takes on characters like Hicks and Newt. The recent batch of novels utilised acclaimed authors like Christopher Golden, Mira Grant, and Tim Lebbon, but the one that got the most attention was Pat Cadigan’s novelisation of William Gibson’s rejected Alien 3 script. We may never get to see anything of Vincent Ward’s vision of a wooden planet of monks, but this is an essential reworking of a long-lost idea by a true genre icon. You can also enjoy William Gibson’s original screenplay as an audiodrama, directed by Dirk Maggs (The Sandman) and starring Lance Henriksen (Bishop) and Michael Biehn (Hicks).
Find The Unproduced Screenplays
This is always going to be a fun rabbit hole if you have the time. You can find a number of different scripts for Alien 3 online, including versions by Eric Red, David Twohy and more. There are also different drafts of Alien: Resurrection out there, and we can only hope that one day we’ll get to read Neill Blomkamp’s abandoned Alien 5 script (at least the concept art is cool). There can be the frustration of knowing that you will never get to see some of these fantastic scripts on the big screen, but if the comics and novels have shown us anything, it’s that there is always a way for these stories to come to life eventually.
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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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I like that it'll be new characters in the TV-show by Noah Hawley. As long as they are well-written I'm all for it. Hopefully it will be worth the wait, it's good that they don't rush it.
As far as Ridley goes as producer, I hope that he won't be able to affect the story, so we'll get another android screw-up. Hopefully he'll have a hand in it looking good.
“Ridley Scott may never finish his prequel-story, but Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are both moments of brilliant inspiration.”
Brilliant? That's to exaggerate, I think. There are both good and bad things in them. Considering the good and really bad, I got to give them both a 2 out of 5. Honestly, there are things that can be taken from there, like the Engineers and the black goo. Unfortunately, there is too much bad there, so maybe it's for the best to leave them for dead.
I know its been a LONG WAIT with NOT a LOT for us to SINK our Teeth into in Regards to the Franchise, Especially with any MOVIE or TV SERIES. This is due to a Number of Factors which include the Disappointment of Alien Covenant both Box Office but also Critically, the Disney Take Over and COVID.
We did have in the works a TV Series and a Movie but all had been Quite on the Later. It seems that Production/Filming on both Projects will take place NextYear which means that 2024 could see the Release of the TV Series and Movie for us to SINK our Teeth into..... its a Question of are these going to CONNECT to each other?
In the Meantime we do have things related to ALIEN that we can Watch,Read and Play not Forgetting the Role Playing Board Game etc.
As Xenotaris has said... i think Thoughts_Dreams that the TV Series will Focus on Elements that we saw in Blade Runner. It seemed that RS Plan was to Explore more about A.I but in a way that gets us to look that A.I in his Opinion does-not mean ROBOTS as per say. He saw the Replicants as A.I and i am sure he would have indicated the Engineers in Prometheus are A.I as in terms of Engineer versions of Replicants.... it would have been likely that David would have Created his OWN like META-HUMANS too...
Noahs TV Series seems to be looking at Similar, as in Artificially Engineered Humanoids, but it will also BRING IN the Xenomorph which will then get a LOT of Focus... we can only WAIT and see what it brings.
Xenotaris: It depends on how the character is written and executed and how the human characters are done. There got to be a balance, otherwise we'll get the same disappointment like we got with the prequels. Just because one of the main-characters is an android doesn't mean that it'll be bad, there are other things that matter too.
BD: “It seemed that RS Plan was to Explore more about A.I but in a way that gets us to look that A.I in his Opinion does-not mean ROBOTS as per say. He saw the Replicants as A.I and i am sure he would have indicated the Engineers in Prometheus are A.I as in terms of Engineer versions of Replicants.... it would have been likely that David would have Created his OWN like META-HUMANS too…”
That seems to be too much like Raised By Wolves. As far as I can tell, the reviews of it haven't been that good. I've read about it, and it seems to be like with the prequels, good ideas but flawed execution. With Ridley involved, it seems like this would be the result… again.
“it would have been likely that David would have Created his OWN like META-HUMANS too…”
It would give too much importance to David, and we would get another Alien Covenant. It would be too much flag-waving to David… again. The type of humans that would have been created could be in it, but reduce the role of David so even if he created them he should be out of the movie after that. At least David shouldn't be the focus. Looking at Raised By Wolves, I fear that it would maybe have been mainly about Walter and David… again and we would have another disappointment. I'm afraid that this is what will happen to the TV-show too.
As far as bringing in the Xeno, that doesn't need to be the case to make it a good show. They can have new monsters and the Engineers, it depends on how it's executed. Well, a follow-up to Covenant seems very unlikely, but that is a good thing if you ask me. Some people would like to see a follow-up, but then the alien-fandom is a divided thing. I might disagree with a lot of prequel-ists, but I try to not act like I'm better than them. Maybe I went off-topic here?
You mention the Xenomorph, I think that they can have new monsters related to the Xeno but have some new things. I wouldn't mind it being Xeno-less, but have some cousins, or maybe further related... you get the idea.
My main worry is that it'll be too much about androids and that there will be weak human characters, which is what we got with the prequels. Perhaps it's for the best if Scott would stay away?
Jonesy: I like the TED-talk, since it explains his motivations and shows that he's been interested in it for a long time. They should have had some of that in Prometheus, so it doesn't become something like he said. “Through out my life I’ve pondered why we are here” I think that is some of the lines by Weyland in Prometheus. By having something from the TED-talk you show a younger Weyland, which backs up what he says as an older person.
I think some of the Foundations and Ideas in the Prequels where Interesting with Potential but they were Executed a bit Poor and the Character Depth was not that Strong.... but only the First 3 Movies had that.... i mean who Cared about the AlienResurrection Characters?
The other Issue is that i dont think MANY of the Fanbase would want to see the Xenomorph relegated to a Lesser Role... The Ideas that RS had are simply to BIG and BOLD for a lot of the Fans who would prefer something more SIMPLE and POPCORN.
But this is what SELLS.... its what has done the MARVEL FRANCHISE well and i think this is what maybe we shall see with the ALIEN FRANCHISE.
I dont think we would get to see the Engineers again... maybe we will Discover like Abandoned Ships or Architecture of theirs but i dont think we will see a ALIVE version of them again.
I think that the A.I will play a Role... we will see Synthetics, both Robotic and Organic, and i think it will be Teased of a Great Threat they could Pose, i dont see this ASPECT ever going away.... but i dont think it will STEAL the Lime-Light like David did with the Prequels.
Regarding the TED TALK a lot of this was the SET UP for Weyland and his Ambition to Create Life and Immortal Life, it would have gone HAND in HAND that his Ambition would go as FAR as his own Quest for IMMORTALITY which lead to his Downfall on LV-223. I think this Shadows the Engineers own Quest for IMMORTALITY too that lead to their Down Fall too.
His GOAL and ways that this could Potentially be Obtained in Reality would lead to a Situation of the RICH and Privileged to have such Reward while then we have the Problem of TOO MANY like Normal Humans living Longer... while also the ADVENT of more Advance A.I that becomes Self Aware would become a Massive Risk to Humanity.
Both of these Potentials coming even Regardless of EVER going to LV-223/426, but what we got was going to these Places in Search of the First Thing (Immortality) leads to the Chaos caused by the Second Thing (A.I)
These things seem to be something the TV Series will touch upon.... but who knows what the MOVIE will Focus on... i have Discussed this in the Thread about the Movie.
Xenotaris: I can imagine it being like C3PO in Star Wars, he had an important role in translating things and in that way helped the rest. I think that something similar could be used in Alien, as far as the androids go. The androids can be used in important parts but not be what it's about, just like C3PO was of importance but not The story in Star Wars.
About the relatives still being Xenomorphs I disagree. It's like birds, you have for example Owl, Humming-birds, Canada-Goose, and so on. You could have the same with the Xenos, but to call each-one a Xeno just because they are related is a bit of a stretch I think.
Yeah, I doubt that the Engineers will be in the new movies, unfortunately. My worries are that we'll get a lot of the same old, but well-done characters can make up for a lot of that. I'm not interested in seeing the monster from 1979 again.
Oh, I honestly believe that many of the ideas in Prometheus especially were very interesting. Unfortunately, the way they were handled were clumsy. Yeah, only the first three had that character development, but many of the cut scenes would have improved that. They cut character-development for run-time, which to me is a no-no. If you have lame characters, you have a lame movie, no amount of interesting ideas can save that. AR was cartoonish
“The other Issue is that i dont think MANY of the Fanbase would want to see the Xenomorph relegated to a Lesser Role... The Ideas that RS had are simply to BIG and BOLD for a lot of the Fans who would prefer something more SIMPLE and POPCORN.”
It depends on the execution, you can make it a bit different and as far as I know many liked the Engineers. You have people that are traditional Xeno-ists, but I also think that there are people that would like to see expanded things, but probably not see it taken over by a disappointed android (that is where I stand). Some people like to see new ideas, but many got annoyed by the prequels being taken over by an android. To me that's a bigger problem, but I put that on Scott and Fox. Big and bold ideas? Many might found them interesting, but unfortunately the execution was poor, and it was too much about David. My point is that the fans are not to blame, but rather the execution and the focus of the movie.
They can have androids (say like David and Bishop) and cyborgs (let's take Robocop as an example), but they shouldn't be what the movie is about, because that's lame. Make them interesting and important to the story, but don't let them take over everything, like what happened in the prequels.
Yes but Owls, Canadian Geese, and Humming Birds are more diverse than deacons and neomorphs. The xenomorph has a wide variety of forms based on what host they burst from.
But you haven't answered my last questioned, what should the new "xenomorph" replacement should look and operate like because so far the xenomorph relatives operate just like a xenomorph with some minor differences. If you want a replacement beast it should contrast the xenomorph in all aspects.
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