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Alien: Covenant To Begin Reshoots at Leavesden Studios

Alien: Covenant to begin reshoots at Leavesden Studios. According to Instagram posts (here and here) by makeup artist Tina Earnshaw (who also worked with Sir Ridley Scott on Prometheus and The Martian), Alien: Covenant is due to begin (or has already begun) reshoots at Leavesden Studios, the Warner Brothers owned location that also houses many of the Harry Potter sets:

“Ridley Scott reshoot for Alien covenant my makeup station all ready for the chaos!!!!

The fab Jana and Charlie at leavesden Studios setting up our stations for Ridley Scott reshoot for Alien Covenent those girls are sooooo glam”

Alien: Covenant to begin reshoots at Leavesden Studios. Alien: Covenant To Begin Reshoots at Leavesden Studios

Alien: Covenant to begin reshoots at Leavesden Studios.

This is common practice and likely nothing to worry about. These reshoots are likely to clear up any issues that have cropped up during editing and testing. Thanks to Alien vs. Predator Galaxy community member The Eighth Passenger for the news.

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  1. fiveways
    Now I wish we had a trailer, because I dig it when they do reshoots after a trailer's been cut and we get extra footage no one has seen, like we did in the Prometheus trailers, and Alien 3 trailers. Of course, its still possible that this will happen just because of cuts.
    Speaking of all that, does anyone think we will get to see those scenes from Prometheus we never got to see. Specifically, the scene where Fifield is attacking during Weyland and Shaw's trip to meet the Engineer?

    FOX knows better.  Look at the Fantastic Four trailer vs the movie.  No chance they will ever release a trailer before reshoots again.



    So yes.  I believe we will eventually see an alternate cut of 'PROMETHEUS'.  As to what that content will be is another matter.  Fox could re-release the movie with some deleted footage restored we've already seen and market the movie as 'PROMETHEUS - Extended Edition' or maybe they go full 'ALIEN 3' on us and release what amounts to a completely different movie from the theatrical release.  I'd love to see that happen.  Insta buy for me, that one.

    -Windebieste.

    I'd buy that.  I would love to see the proper sequence with Weyland and Shaw involved in the Fifeld mutation (and it in it's real form).  That movie feels so slapped together in post that there is so much to work with.  Add in takes we haven't seen even on the deleted scenes real and the confrontation between Shaw and the Engineer and there is a lot of interesting leftover bits to make a new version from.
  2. motherfather
    I often wonder if trailers are planned and edited to final copy before or after reshoots. And if content in the main film is consequently expanded to incorporate something that was specifically reshot to accentuate the trailer.
  3. DaveT937
    I live in Abbots Langley, just off high street. Small world!

    Drove past the studios today.  A few cranes outside but nothing obvious, as you'd expect.

    May try again tomorrow from a different entrance!
  4. Himmelblau
    Logically Prometheus should be released theatrically on Alien Day, but I also think that when Covenant comes out there should be a showing of Prometheus before Covenant on opening night. 8)
  5. windebieste
    I'd be very surprised if 'PROMETHEUS' doesn't get re-released next year.  The inevitable box set with all 'ALIEN' movies will also hit shelves.  The problem with so many iterations of these things on DVD and BluRay is the market is in decline and let's face it, most fans of these movies will already have them. 

    In order to make these movies attractive to us again, say, for me to purchase another copy of 'PROMETHEUS' -  a movie that I half like and also half dislike - it's got to include some form of incentive.  At this point, the BluRay copy I have is enough but if a new and different version of the movie comes out sometime next year then I'd probably buy it. 

    Do I think this is likely to happen?  Of course I do!  Each of the previous 'ALIEN' movies have had alternate editions released.  I see 'PROMETHEUS' as no different in this regard.  Sure, I know Scott said that he considered the theatrical release to be the definitive version but I don't think that his declaration will stand in the way of increased sales.  Ultimately it's Twentieth Century Fox' call on that one.

    So yes.  I believe we will eventually see an alternate cut of 'PROMETHEUS'.  As to what that content will be is another matter.  Fox could re-release the movie with some deleted footage restored we've already seen and market the movie as 'PROMETHEUS - Extended Edition' or maybe they go full 'ALIEN 3' on us and release what amounts to a completely different movie from the theatrical release.  I'd love to see that happen.  Insta buy for me, that one.

    -Windebieste.
  6. Protozoid
    It would be cool to see the original cut of Prometheus before Pietro Scalia restructured it. The reshoots and recuts on Prometheus were kind of radical, and I'm still not sure they improved the movie. It moves faster, but I'm not convinced by Scalia's reasoning - that it keeps the focus on Shaw. Um, removing her from a scene that you then intercut with her most important moment does not strengthen her character at all. Neither did the Isle of Skye sequence or the scene where Shaw and Janek have a quick discussion about the goo before the climax. Both of those slowed down the pacing, for me, and are both rather sloppily written and edited compared to the rest of the film. After watching Prometheus several dozen times, the reshoots stand out like a sore thumb.

    I'm not saying they ruined the film, but I would really like to see the original cut someday, and I hope that Scott learned not to let Scalia do anything too drastic to Covenant; attuned filmgoers can sense when the editing has stretched coherency too far, and Prometheus was right at that edge. I'd like to see the original cut of Prometheus without the reshoots or restructuring, but I doubt that cut will ever be released. More likely an extended cut, or nothing at all. Crossing my fingers that Fox will announce a new Prometheus edition for next year...
  7. CainsSon
    Now I wish we had a trailer, because I dig it when they do reshoots after a trailer's been cut and we get extra footage no one has seen, like we did in the Prometheus trailers, and Alien 3 trailers. Of course, its still possible that this will happen just because of cuts.
    Speaking of all that, does anyone think we will get to see those scenes from Prometheus we never got to see. Specifically, the scene where Fifield is attacking during Weyland and Shaw's trip to meet the Engineer?
  8. Necronomicon II
    Pretty standard stuff, if I have one concern (well there are a potential few but I'll stick to one) it would be the couples on board the Covenant, here's hoping there's nothing sentimental scripting wise when it comes to that element; they should be characterised as almost at wits end, with the tumultuous effects of space travel taking a heavy toll; low morale, cynical, but sardonic, likable, and upon arrival at "paradise" colour returns to their hearts...A glimmer of hope!
    And...IT'S GONE lol
  9. HuDaFuK
    Plus if it's just reshoots and pick-ups, I imagine it will all be interior stuff. Coupled with the fact the site is open to the public because of the Harry Potter thing, I can't see them leaving anything interesting out where it's visible.
  10. DaveT937
    Ha! Half joking.

    Just finished work, but I may drive by tomorrow on way to golf to see if there's much sign of activity.

    Will report back if I see anything, however unlikely that is!
  11. Himmelblau
    It could also maybe Fox want Ridley to tone the films violence down a little, nowadays, studios consult with the ratings boards during production and post production, so ot may be down to that.

    Surely that would be done in editing and wouldn't require a reshoot or pickup shot.

    Yeah, should be easy to fix in editing just by cutting away the more egregious scenes.

    I heard Damon Lindelof was hired to have a look at the script just before the reshoots started happening.

    I heard he brought JJ Abrams with him to help rebuild the plot structure to hit all the same beats as Alien.

    Story I heard from my secret sauce is that they have also hired Michael Bay because the studio wasn't happy with the quality of explosions and the slow pace of the film.

    That's literally 5 minutes down the road from me.

    *grabs camera, gets in car*

    Shit!  I live two mins from the studios!!!!

    On my way now!!

    Get yourselves one of these and tell security at the gate you're flooring inspectors. Works like a charm every-time!
    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/201304789588-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

    You guys are joking right.... Please say that you are. :(
  12. The Eighth Passenger
    It could also maybe Fox want Ridley to tone the films violence down a little, nowadays, studios consult with the ratings boards during production and post production, so ot may be down to that.

    Surely that would be done in editing and wouldn't require a reshoot or pickup shot.

    Yeah, should be easy to fix in editing just by cutting away the more egregious scenes.

    I heard Damon Lindelof was hired to have a look at the script just before the reshoots started happening.

    I heard he brought JJ Abrams with him to help rebuild the plot structure to hit all the same beats as Alien.

    Story I heard from my secret sauce is that they have also hired Michael Bay because the studio wasn't happy with the quality of explosions and the slow pace of the film.

    That's literally 5 minutes down the road from me.

    *grabs camera, gets in car*

    Shit!  I live two mins from the studios!!!!

    On my way now!!

    Get yourselves one of these and tell security at the gate you're flooring inspectors. Works like a charm every-time!
    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/201304789588-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
  13. Wobblyboddle77
    It could be additional footage, for the extra material Alan Dean Foster is writing, they have decided to shoot some of it, even though probably unlikely. It could also maybe Fox want Ridley to tone the films violence down a little, nowadays, studios consult with the ratings boards during production and post production, so ot may be down to that.
  14. Enoch
    I m more worried about composer story than reshoots.
    Cant wait to hear who will compose the music.
    Eliot would be perfect fit or Jóhannsson (but I think he is too busy).
  15. Corporal Hicks
    Like I said! :P

    Alien had pickup shots. Most studio productions do. They miss little things that screw with the edit to not have.

    Just providing some back-up.  :P It's really going to depend on the nature of the additional footage. The problem is people tend to just automatically go ut-oh when they hear reshoot. Even then, if it is genuine reshoots, we're that far off release that it's not a real problem. They have plenty of time to actually get it sorted so it's not like they'd be close-to-the-wire panic reshoots.

    Odds are it's just pickups. Like SiL says, they're common. The Martian had additional footage shot as well.
  16. Corporal Hicks
    http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/18663/why-reshoots-aren%E2%80%99t-a-reason-to-hit-the-panic-button

    Worth a read for anyone worrying.

    Quote
    Even the term reshoots isn’t particularly accurate. A reshoot seems to indicate that a particular shot has to be captured again. More likely, when assembling a cut of the picture in question, the director has noticed that a scene could use an extra shot or two here and there, or perhaps some more dialogue, just to add clarity. In some instances, a fresh scene or two might be needed, for similar reasons. That’s, though, pick-up work, rather than an outright reshoot. Extra shooting might be a more appropriate phrase.
  17. Himmelblau
    Thanks for the news, 8th. Just getting this up on the front page.  :)

    And up.  :)

    I don't think it's anything to worry about. It's common practice. I know they've had a cut of Covenant ready and tested so it's likely to fix any issues that have cropped up.

    Friend who works for the company producing the movie posters has a hard deadline of mid-December, so assuming nothing is pushed back ya'll can look forward to that.

    Thanks for the intel, Chris. Didn't I mention we'd likely be getting a poster same time as the trailer (within the next couple of months)?  :P
    You know when 2 teases work together it's like being on Cloud 9!! ;)

    I like you already... Welcome the family. 8)
  18. Guts
    @Protozoid yeah if they are two movies i would have loved to watched a pre-screening for would have been Blade Runner and Legend 1985, both those movies suffered from cuts and changes and stuff.
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