The 40th anniversary of the sci-fi classic Alien is celebrated with a variety of new short films
The original Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1979 is undoubtedly a science fiction classic. The titular creature of the film, designed by the late H. R. Giger, has become a classic monster in its own right.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Alien and two series of shorts have been created as part of the celebration.
Alien: Isolation (PS4 review) was a fantastic 1st person survival horror game set after the events of the first film. In the game, you play Amanda Ripley, the daughter of the hero Ellen, from the original film.
She is desperate to discover what happened to her mother. When she discovers that the black box from the Nostromo, the last ship her mother worked on, has been discovered by a deep-space salvage team, Amanda journeys to Sevastopol Station to retrieve its contents. However, once she get’s there, she will have to deal with rogue androids and the deadly alien menace.
Reverse Engineering Studios specialises in creating content using existing materials and together with the company DVgroup, they have taken all the in-game cut-scenes from Alien: Isolation and inserted new material that matches seamlessly.
The finished project has created a seven-part series running for 75 minutes. This doesn’t change the story of Alien: Isolation but allows viewers who have never played the game to experience what happened to Amanda Ripley. For gamers who have completed the game, it will give them another narrative layer to the story.
I have embedded episode one below, for the other six episodes, head on over to IGN.
If you enjoy the story, you can continue Amanda Ripley’s adventures in the new mobile phone game, Alien: Blackout, available on Android and iOS.
20th Century Fox is also releasing a series of live action shorts as part of this celebration. Tongal, an online platform connecting brands, studios and networks with online filmmakers to crowdsource new content, received more than 550 submissions from creators looking for the chance to add to the alien mythology.
The shorts will be available to view over at IGN from March 29th where they will be released on a weekly basis. Exclusive behind the scenes material will also start to appear from May 5th.
However, eager fans can catch a preview on Friday at this weekend’s Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle. There will also be a preview on March the 23rd at the WonderCon in Anaheim, Chicago.
Here is the official description of the six shorts as provided by 20th Century Fox.
Alien: Alone — Hope, an abandoned crewmember aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and directed by Noah Miller.
Alien: Containment — Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and directed by Chris Reading.
Alien: Harvest — The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell.
Alien: Night Shift — When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and directed by Aidan Breznick.
Alien: Ore — As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and directed by the Spear Sisters.
Alien: Specimen — It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts, the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an Alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Written and directed by Kelsey Taylor.