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[Exclusive] Effects Studio Weta Bringing the Xenomorphs to Life for the FX Alien Series!

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.

 [Exclusive] Effects Studio Weta Bringing the Xenomorphs to Life for the FX Alien Series!

One of the ‘White Spike’ Aliens from the film The Tomorrow War.

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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  1. The big
    I want to them dissect the alien and to show us everything and the reason why it was built the way Giger did. Then we have a story!
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Somebody said they're thankful it's not ADI and you replied "Yup!" I thought you don't care aabout ADI Aliens.

    Their Alien work is alright. I don't love it, but I don't hate it as much as the "Snalien" crowd. I wouldn't be excited if ADI was announced, but not depressed either. But Weta??? Mucho excitement!!!

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    You're even in Chet Official Fan Club !

    I founded it!

    Yep, and that's an official ADI creation I'm a big fan of, unabashedly! Give me more Predalien!!
  3. Kradan
    Somebody said they're thankful it's not ADI and you replied "Yup!" I thought you don't care about ADI Aliens. You're even in Chet Official Fan Club !

    And argument "I want some other studio doing Aliens" doesn't quite work here 'cause we technically had exactly that in Covenant.

    Speaking of which, Covenant is why I'll be a little bummed if there're no practical Xenos. CGI Aliens can look great and all but I wanna me some practical suits !
  4. Voodoo Magic
    My boiz from ADI shall return !!!

    Truly, truly, nothing would make me happier than me potentially applauding their work in "Prey." :)

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    What do you care ? They're not doing Predators for the show as far as I know. And ADI haven't done any Aliens for more than a decade

    Hey I didn't bring it up! But to answer your question...

    Because me likey Alien, and me likey Weta, and me can't wait to see their work in the series. (And me personally believes ADI bid for the job.)
  5. Kradan
    My boiz from ADI shall return !!!

    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/FaintWetBird-small.gif

    Just thankful it's not  Amalgamated Dynamics

    Yup!

    Super stoked it's Weta. I mean over-the-moon excited. No fears here that it won't look good! Woot!!! 👏

    What do you care ? They're not doing Predators for the show as far as I know. And ADI haven't done any Aliens for more than a decade
  6. Corporal Hicks
    Honestly, if they look as good as the Prawns, I'm all up for photo realistic mo-cap Aliens. I've never been so impressed with a visual effect than watching D9 for the first time.

    But I'm still always going for prefer and miss seeing practical suits.
  7. RidgeTop
    Technically, the 2 sister companies are now "Weta Workshop" and "Weta FX" ( not Weta Digital). Weta Digital was sold off to Unity at Xmas of last year. Unity got the R & D computer scientists and proprietary toolsets, as well as the brand name. But thus far they intend to leave them in situ in Wellington. The CG artists, however, remain with the other Peter Jackson companies under the new branding "Weta FX".

    Does this change anything about their work? Not materially,  I think. But you can bet James Cameron held his breath wondering how this was going to affect his Avatar films.

    TC

    Noticed this upon research for the news but the branding and logo hasn't switched to WetaFX yet so decided to just stick with Weta Digital for this post, the sale just happened in December I think.



  8. [cancerblack]
    TC makes some very important technical points, and good on him for elucidating that.



    Personally, this is where I dip out. I don't like Hawley or his general vibe. I'm not interested in his core themes for this series.

    I also have personal beef with Weta Workshop and Weta FX due to having a bad time with former and current employees of both groups.

    Even if this ends up being pretty good, I will not be able to enjoy it due to the scummy people involved, who (for arguably stupid reasons) I have an intense dislike of.

    I genuinely hope the rest of you have a blast with it though. Peace out.
  9. TC
    Technically, the 2 sister companies are now "Weta Workshop" and "Weta FX" ( not Weta Digital). Weta Digital was sold off to Unity at Xmas of last year. Unity got the R & D computer scientists and proprietary toolsets, as well as the brand name. But thus far they intend to leave them in situ in Wellington. The CG artists, however, remain with the other Peter Jackson companies under the new branding "Weta FX".

    Does this change anything about their work? Not materially,  I think. But you can bet James Cameron held his breath wondering how this was going to affect his Avatar films.

    TC
  10. BlueMarsalis79
    I am optimistic because of the quality that Weta has developed over the years. But of course if we become Alien nerds, there will be details here and there. The good news is, it's not going to look like a cheap monster show.

    Isolation got it right. They kept the Giger's aesthetic but gave the Alien a sense of locomotion more apt for the animation and stunts that the creature was supposed to do in the video game.

    Nailed it.
  11. Immortan Jonesy
    I am optimistic because of the quality that Weta has developed over the years. But of course if we become Alien nerds, there will be details here and there. The good news is, it's not going to look like a cheap monster show.

    Isolation got it right. They kept the Giger's aesthetic but gave the Alien a sense of locomotion more apt for the animation and stunts that the creature was supposed to do in the video game.
  12. BlueMarsalis79
    I'm sorry to say it but I'm honestly just glad it's not ADI returning, something felt incorrect somehow, about their recent biomechanical Alien maquette besides the unnecessary additions.

    I'd be overjoyed with Odd Studios and Creatures Incorporated.

    But I do not think there's much better out there than WETA.
  13. Xenomorphine
    Maybe they might have the alien do the crab walk as homage to that deleted scene

    Wouldn't be their choice, but I'd personally hope not. It was deleted for a reason. Didn't look great crawling around on its arse, IMO.

    Awesome! Speaking of District 9, I hope they give Bloomkamp an episode to direct.

    That would be... Interesting. And a nice gesture.

    Great studio, but I'll wait for the designs to get excited :laugh:

    Same here, but whatever the designs are like they're asked to create, they almost certainly will do a good job of crafting the result.
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