As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien. A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day. While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays. But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated.
Following up on our coverage of the big Alien franchise announcement from earlier this week, apparently the best was yet to come. After two rather cryptic (but cool!) tweets hinted at a new project about to be unleashed featuring Amanda Ripley, the speculation regarding the media format was running wild. But now we know that gamers everywhere have reason to celebrate……Alien: Blackout has been officially unleashed.
The Alien Twitter account (@alienanthology) has been busy in the early part of this week. On Monday they posted teasers for the upcoming open-world video game Alien: Blackout for mobile devices, a highly-anticipated follow-up to the moderately successful venture Alien: Isolation (2014). Whether this is a direct sequel is still not entirely clear, but with Amanda Ripley being the star once again this is a logical conclusion. For fans who were left hanging following the non-specific tweets from this weekend, however, the update (below) was a very welcome response. read more
This past June, 20th Century Fox partnered with Tongal (a crowdsourcing platform for video content) with the intention of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original Alien film by “… tapping six visionary filmmakers in the Tongal Community to produce their own original short videos set in the aftermath of the original film.” And according to the official Alien twitter page, the finalists have been selected.
From over 550 entries and 18 incredible finalists, we’re excited to announce six talented @tongal filmmakers have been selected to create short films set in the #ALIEN universe! Stay tuned… ? pic.twitter.com/swQK6MzsZp read more
The first trailer for the History Channel’s new series Project Blue Book may be “…based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969”, but it also looks to contain some frightening scenes, more in the vein of the The X-Files than Ancient Aliens.
According to the official press release, the scripted drama will star Game of Thrones Aidan Gillen as the real-life “Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant yet underappreciated college professor, (who) is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called Project Blue Book.” read more
Fans of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film and James Cameron’s Aliens eagerly awaited the release of the third film in the series in 1992, helmed by first time director Davis Fincher. Although Fincher would later be forgiven many times over (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) most of those fans walked out of the theater on May 22 of that year disappointed and confused.
What fans did not know at the time that Alien 3 was released was that a script by sci-fi legend William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) had been scraped at the eleventh hour, resulting in a rushed production that took the film in a very different direction. read more
Desilu Studios, Inc has just announced that they will be teaming up with writer and director Kenneth Johnson to bring the beloved classic V to the big screen. Johnson, many will remember, is the creator of the 80s cult classic show.
“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless — and timely — story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century,” Johnson said. “V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.” read more
This Christmas, writer/director Guillermo del Toro reminds us that it may not just be Santa flying up there in the winter skies! While promoting his excellent new film, The Shape of Water, del Toro revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that his experiences with creepy crawlies aren’t contained to his work on famous horror and science fiction movies.
When he was a younger man, del Toro says that he and a friend of his encountered a real-life UFO. Unfortunately, the spacecraft wasn’t as impressive as the mechs of Pacific Rim. Here’s how Guillermo tells it: read more
David Liebe Hart first rose to a special kind of fame throughout his beloved appearances on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Whether it be his unique puppetry, his interesting musical performances, or his vivid storytelling, fans of his various appearances always have a specific segment or two they can point to and exclaim their love. Hart can most recently be seen on Awesome Show‘s 10 year anniversary special, and he has taken to the road for an all-new tour in support of his new Space Ranger album. HNN staff member Nick Banks and I sat down with David during the New Haven stop of his tour to conduct an interview on his recent works and to delve deeper into the supernatural topics we first discussed with him last December (You can check that out by clicking this link). What began as a simple interview quickly turned into a trek across New Haven in search of train tracks, churches and tacos. What follows is my account of that odyssey. read more
In a recent interview with Collider, Ridley Scott revealed that he cut just about 20 minutes from his latest film Alien: Covenant.
Scott cut the 20 minutes based on test screenings and in an effort to bring the film in at just over the two hour mark. Scott actually appeared happy with the feedback from the test screenings and there were no signs that the director was told to trim the film by his producers (no Blade Runner-style creative showdowns it would seem). Scott asserted that sometimes a director “…thinks you know everything, but you don’t”. read more
IMDb took to Twitter today to share a clip from the upcoming UFO documentary entitled Unacknowledged. Opening with the teaser line, “Roswell was not the beginning,” the clip gives viewers a brief look at what the film will be about. You can watch the entire clip below:
— IMDb (@IMDb) May 8, 2017
Unacknowledged is narrated by Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame. The tagline for the film is “We’re not alone. We never were.” The film premiered in Los Angeles on April 24th, and it will be available to stream on digital formats starting May 9th, 2017. read more