Following the recent news surrounding the themes of the upcoming FX Alien series such as competing corporations or consciousness transference, one of the more frequent questions we’ve been seeing from fans is regarding the Aliens themselves, looking for some news on our favourite extra-terrestrial’s involvement in the series. We’re pleased to bring you some intel on that front!
According to Alien vs. Predator Galaxy’s sources none other than effects studio Weta will be responsible for designing and bringing the Xenomorphs to life in Noah Hawley’s upcoming FX series!
Though we can safely reveal that Weta is currently involved in the series’ production, we can’t say what the blend of practical and digital effects will be for the Aliens when the series moves into production in March. Weta is actually comprised of sister companies Weta Digital, which handles primarily computer generated effects, and Weta Workshop handling primarily practical effects & concept art.
We would hope there is some degree of return to form with a balance of including practical effects for the Xenomorphs, but if they are to be an entirely digital creation, Weta’s previous work with digital creatures certainly gives us confidence in this route as well. Weta Workshop famously designed the concepts for the ‘Prawn’ creatures in the film District 9, with Image Engine creating the digital effects for the alien characters. More recently, Weta Digital (now WetaFX) developed the lifelike CGI for the creature effects in the films The Tomorrow War, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Avatar.
While Weta has previous experience in the franchise in creating a number of the digital effects in Prometheus, including a cut digital incarnation of the Fifield mutant, this is their first foray into the concepts and effects of the Xenomorphs for the screen. Weta Workshop also produces collectibles and has made a number of Alien and Predator display pieces for their Micro Epics line.
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