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Fox Shares Release Order & Red Band Trailer for Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts!

A head of tomorrow’s debut of Alien: Containment, the first of six Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts, 20th Century Fox has uploaded a new red band trailer with some new footage and the release order!

“In honor of the 40th anniversary of ALIEN (1979), six visionary filmmakers expand the terrifying imaginations of Ridley Scott, H.R Giger, and Dan O’Bannon. From atmospheric hallways, to hair-raising escapes and deadly creatures lurking in the dark, these captivating stories brings forth a new narrative for fans, while paying homage to the original film.”

In addition to uploaded the new trailer, Fox also provided us with the release order for the shorts!

March 29th: 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

April 5th: 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. Directed by Kelsey Taylor

April 12thALIEN: 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 Brezonick 

April 19th: 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

April 26thALIEN: 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 

April 26th: 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

The shorts will be posted online 9am PST/4pm GMT/5pm BST weekly on IGN, until May 3rd  when they will be available to view on the Alien Universe website.

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  1. Nightmare Asylum
    Turns out the final two films can be watched early if you use the digital code from the 4K release in iTunes.

    I didn't realize this and put mine into Movies Anywhere, and I don't seem to have access to them through that service.
  2. Voodoo Magic
    I have one gripe and that is in the sets. I felt they were a bit flimsy looking but well designed. The space vistas were especially nice. I guess it could have delivered one quick "money shot" of the chestburster, but otherwise the acting was solid, the direction was good and the story was simple.

    I hope they do this again so I can submit the short I wrote ALIEN: REUNION. I missed the deadline by like 5 fukin minutes because  I failed to consider time zones, like a moron.

    Ouch. Sorry brother.
  3. SiL
    I'm pretty sure the production needed to be US-based, but could be outsourced. So legally and financially it would be a US-wherever coproduction if it was made outside the US. The people who entered the competition needed to be US-based, so he might've had a producer pitch the project on his behalf.

    As an educated guess -- I'm not sure. I know I wasn't eligible to pitch.
  4. CainsSon
    I have one gripe and that is in the sets. I felt they were a bit flimsy looking but well designed. The space vistas were especially nice. I guess it could have delivered one quick "money shot" of the chestburster, but otherwise the acting was solid, the direction was good and the story was simple.

    I hope they do this again so I can submit the short I wrote ALIEN: REUNION. I missed the deadline by like 5 fukin minutes because  I failed to consider time zones, like a moron.
  5. XenoHunter99
    Why blow their load all at once? They generate more ongoing discussion by spreading out the release than by dumping it all at once.

    6 days is all at once?
    Yes. All the conversation is generated in one week long dump and fizzles out soon after. This is how the internet do. By spreading that over 6 weeks they keep the conversation alive and trending for a month and a half, which is much more valuable for online content and also keeps the audience engaged.
    I agree! More traffic over a longer time, and people who missed the first one may watch it when they cach the second or third. And it encourages re-watching.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    The schedule is just fine.

    But yah, those days of having to wait an entire week for an episode kinda sucked.

    I mean, I still prefer that to be honest. Gives me more time to mull over what I watched, to speculate about what's to come, and to enjoy each episode as it's own piece. Better Call Saul has been an obsession of mine the last four years, and I cannot imagine watching it all in one sitting for a first viewing.

    Sometimes I wish Netflix would slow down and release some of their shows weekly as opposed to entire seasons at a time.

    I will say that the anticipation of a new episode of Knight Rider to actually start was a golden moment, but the week long lead-up to that was for the birds.

    I did find the suspense of the original Aliens series by Nelson and Verheiden to be intoxicating.  Those books took months and months between issues and it was always a worthwhile wait.  In the meantime my mind was filled with all sorts of scenarios where the story could go.

    I'm ok with letting artists, directors and whomever take their time, but I also like the immersive experience of doing the occasional binge watch.
  7. Nightmare Asylum
    They do that for some new released, don't they?

    I don't think Netflix has ever spread a season out, to my knowledge. Some of the other streaming platforms do, however.
    I looked it up; they do weekly releases on new shows that are also airing on TV so as not to violate broadcasting rights (such as Better Call Saul).

    Ahh, yeah, I forgot they have the international rights for BCS. Similar to Annihilation last year, which was a theatrical release in the US but went straight to Netflix everywhere else.

    Anything Netflix does in-house all gets dumped on their platform all in one go, however.
  8. Nightmare Asylum
    The schedule is just fine.

    But yah, those days of having to wait an entire week for an episode kinda sucked.

    I mean, I still prefer that to be honest. Gives me more time to mull over what I watched, to speculate about what's to come, and to enjoy each episode as it's own piece. Better Call Saul has been an obsession of mine the last four years, and I cannot imagine watching it all in one sitting for a first viewing.

    Sometimes I wish Netflix would slow down and release some of their shows weekly as opposed to entire seasons at a time.
  9. SiL
    Why blow their load all at once? They generate more ongoing discussion by spreading out the release than by dumping it all at once.

    6 days is all at once?
    Yes. All the conversation is generated in one week long dump and fizzles out soon after. This is how the internet do. By spreading that over 6 weeks they keep the conversation alive and trending for a month and a half, which is much more valuable for online content and also keeps the audience engaged.
  10. HuDaFuK
    I just finished watching them all. Out of all of them, there was only one I actively wasn't into and that was Night Shift. The rest were all damn solid with something going for them in each short. The most well-rounded IMHO were Alone, Ore (some f**king awesome creature movement in this one) and Specimen, with Alone probably being my favourite.

    Typically, internet was down over the weekend so I've not watched the first one yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed them almost across the board though.
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