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Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts Teaser Trailer & Release Details!

Mid-last year 20th Century Fox and Tongal announced a competition that gave 6 lucky Alien fans and film-makers a chance to produce short films based set within the Alien universe. After learning the titles of the winning shorts, there’s been radio silence on the shorts.

Until today! Fox has just released a teaser trailer for the upcoming shorts, offering us our first look at the the Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts!

“To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi horror film Alien (1979), six visionary filmmakers were selected to bring their Alien-inspired stories to life. From terrifying escapes, to Facehuggers and Xenomorphs, these captivating shorts brings forth an exciting new narrative for fans while paying homage to the original film.”

The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive details on the short’s premiere and plot summaries! As with the recent Alien: Isolation Digital Series, the Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts will premiere on IGN starting March 29th after debuting at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, Washington on March 15th.

The shorts will then be available on the Alien Universe website alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes content starting May 5. The plot details are as follows!

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.

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.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
  2. Keyes
    Really looking forward to these! I thought the shots in the trailer looked very well done for the budget they were working with. Good catch to those that picked up on the Covenant Xeno suit being used, and it makes sense if it was at hand rather than creating a brand new Giger-esque suit.
  3. D88M
    Meh, not holding my breath for these. I like the names of the shorts they are intriguing. But this wreaks of stories build around bells and whistles(the cliches people think of when they think of Alien movies).

    We shall see if they have any real substance or end up losing any originality to playing homage and fan pandering like the bumkamp movie would have been.

    Yeah, but we will see, stories are all about the script, i will remain optimistic until i see them. Pretty obvious too that this is just a test to see what they do with the franchise.
  4. Huggs
    Just fyi hicks, you got a couple of errors in that first sentence.

    "Short films based set within the alien films"

    I wouldn't mention it, but it's on the main page and it kind of jumps out at ya.


     "short films set within the Alien universe"  ;)
  5. bobcunk
    It should cost to much to make good sets and costumes as long as they get talented artists, pluse I doubt the actors will get much pay. If they only pay s few 100 for the actors and get slot of volunteers. They wilk have a lot to use on the visuals.
  6. Xiggz456
    Quite excited about these! Way to go Old One! I’m pleasantly surprised that this is releasing before Alien Day. I’ve said it before but it’s a great time to be a fan of the franchise!
  7. Voodoo Magic
    The suit looks fine. It's just not a hero suit so you're not going to get any snarling slow mouth opens. It's just about how they used it. From what we've seen so far the shorts look pretty good. Just hoping the whole things do! But I'm feeling pretty hopeful.

    That's where I'm at with these. Hopeful. My favorite is already Alien: Containment because... you know... but a lot can be done with that suit. In my opinion, It's all ultimately going to live or die on the direction, acting, cinematography and to a lesser extent, story for these shorts.
  8. TC
    Not sure what people are expecting, these are micro budgets.

    These look great considering.

    $36,000 US each. Small, for a professional job, but it looks to me like Alien: Containment spent their money where it counts most in low budget production: art direction (set builds, costume, and props).

    You can hire your fancy Arri Alexa and all the swish camera gear you like but if you want good looking images you gotta give your cinematographer a fighting chance and give him/her something decent to photograph.

    TC
  9. Jenga
    She means that the suit wasn't actually featured in the finished film, Jenga. It's a "technically, she's correct" thing.

    Anyway, these are looking pretty good.  The only thing that slightly waters down my excitement is how static the Covenant xeno’s face looks in that clip.  I got the impression that the suit was made as a stand-in with the intent of completely covering it with CGI.

    That's because it's not a hero head. We've known for some time that all the suits were done with the knowledge that a lot of them would be removed and replaced with the CGI Alien. I know Odd Studio talked about this particular suit when it first showed up on Corden's show and I'm trying to find the quote now.

    Got it, it was something Adam told me in chat and I mentioned in the post. It was a stunt suit.

    It's just semantics at this point but there are no suits in the movie any longer so if she said essentially 'it's not the suit used in the movie...well yes it is" but you are also completely right that they removed.

    BTW: thank you for the detail about the stunt suit. I Was confused as to why there is clearly one suit that looks much more sculpturally "built out" where the outline of the performer looks like an alien:

    This one looks more three dimensional: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cd/34/d5/cd34d537298f0dffbfcfa999303d46a7.jpg

    and one that clearly does not https://monsterlegacy.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/aliencovaliencovalienset.jpg?w=788.

    Maybe the latter is the stunt suit they were talking about that was loaned out for this project.
  10. brokentusk420
    Meh, not holding my breath for these. I like the names of the shorts they are intriguing. But this wreaks of stories build around bells and whistles(the cliches people think of when they think of Alien movies).

    We shall see if they have any real substance or end up losing any originality to playing homage and fan pandering like the bumkamp movie would have been.
  11. BishopShouldGo
    So Bill Paxton's son is in one of the shorts, Alien: Alone.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">6 BRAND NEW ALIEN SHORT FILMS: I co-star in one called Alien: Alone with Taylor Lyons, written & dir. by Noah Miller. Produced by my love <a href="https://twitter.com/Hope_Mac_Photos?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Hope_Mac_Photos</a> check out the teaser! <a href="https://t.co/dphS6pjH3A">https://t.co/dphS6pjH3A</a></p>— James Paxton (@jamespaxtonyo) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamespaxtonyo/status/1105989695530385408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


    That's pretty f**king cool.

    Whoa! Love that.
  12. judge death
    Congrats Old one,so cool to see and fun seeing one of the most badass users from this forum being in this. :D Did you get to direct or give input on the filming and such or just the idea/story and screen play? :)
  13. Voodoo Magic
    So Bill Paxton's son is in one of the shorts, Alien: Alone.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">6 BRAND NEW ALIEN SHORT FILMS: I co-star in one called Alien: Alone with Taylor Lyons, written & dir. by Noah Miller. Produced by my love <a href="https://twitter.com/Hope_Mac_Photos?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Hope_Mac_Photos</a> check out the teaser! <a href="https://t.co/dphS6pjH3A">https://t.co/dphS6pjH3A</a></p>— James Paxton (@jamespaxtonyo) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamespaxtonyo/status/1105989695530385408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


    That's pretty f**king cool.

    No way!!!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3MGvl1TtEDuaQ/giphy.gif
  14. Corporal Hicks
    She means that the suit wasn't actually featured in the finished film, Jenga. It's a "technically, she's correct" thing.

    Anyway, these are looking pretty good.  The only thing that slightly waters down my excitement is how static the Covenant xeno’s face looks in that clip.  I got the impression that the suit was made as a stand-in with the intent of completely covering it with CGI.

    That's because it's not a hero head. We've known for some time that all the suits were done with the knowledge that a lot of them would be removed and replaced with the CGI Alien. I know Odd Studio talked about this particular suit when it first showed up on Corden's show and I'm trying to find the quote now.

    Got it, it was something Adam told me in chat and I mentioned in the post. It was a stunt suit.
  15. Jenga
    The film's Covenant's suit is absent.
     
    A variation of the design is present though.

    I realize I was not involved and you were but respectfully... The suit is clearly the removed-from-the-film Odd Studio suit created for Covenant. It has the exactly same face/mouth and floating/blank space shoulder arches. I mean it IS the suit we have seen on the James Corden show, on the Covenant BTS videos and on the weird marketing video for Alien Blackout.

    This suit:
    Example 1: https://twitter.com/avpgalaxy/status/939905309073657861
    Example 2: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cd/34/d5/cd34d537298f0dffbfcfa999303d46a7.jpg
    Example 3: https://monsterlegacy.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/aliencovaliencovalienset.jpg?w=788
    Example 4: (Alien blackout marketing reusing this suit): https://youtu.be/ta1dPhOCfwI?t=172
    Example 5: (James Corden Alien Covenant Marketing): https://youtu.be/l9YlatOiGnU?t=135
  16. David's Creation
    Likely to coincide with the Hollywood Reporter article. It was probably just a mistake.

    I’m sure, it just seemed goofy to yank it when it’s so close to the intended reveal anyway.

    Anyway, these are looking pretty good.  The only thing that slightly waters down my excitement is how static the Covenant xeno’s face looks in that clip.  I got the impression that the suit was made as a stand-in with the intent of completely covering it with CGI.

    And congrats to Old One.  That’s awesome.
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