Fox Celebrates Alien 40th Anniversary With New Short Films
“In space, no one can hear you scream.” Back in 1979, this was the tagline for Ridley Scott’s Alien, a science fiction horror film that has become an instant classic. As the movie celebrates its 40th anniversary, we’ll be seeing more stories to tie in with its legacy. 20th Century Fox has announced it will debut six new short films this weekend at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle. Per this story from Hollywood Reporter, the online platform Tongal played its part with their production. It hosted submissions from over 550 filmmakers with different ideas for the Alien saga.
Here are the six films that attendees can check out, with descriptions from Fox:
Alien: Alone– Hope, an abandoned crew member 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.
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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.
For those that can’t make the journey to Seattle, the films will also debut on IGN starting March 29. They’ll also be available on AlienUniverse.com and social media channels in May.
For those that want more Alien goodness, a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray release is also on the way. It will arrive on April 23 with a number of bonus cuts and features.
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