History Trivia / Alien

20th May '17 1:38:56 AM Aurelian
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** When it came to casting Ripley, Creator/RidleyScott had to choose between Creator/SigourneyWeaver or Creator/MerylStreep.

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** When it came to casting Ripley, Creator/RidleyScott wanted to cast Creator/MerylStreep as Ripley. However, Streep's boyfriend John Cazale had just died, and it was felt it would be inappropriate to choose between Creator/SigourneyWeaver or Creator/MerylStreep.approach her about the part.


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** Sigourney Weaver was originally cast as Lambert, while Veronica Cartwright was going to play Ripley. At the last minute, their roles were switched.
16th May '17 10:49:56 AM igordebraga
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--> ''...Weyland Yutani for instance is almost a joke, but not quite. I wanted to imply that poor old England is back on its feet and has united with the Japanese, who have taken over the building of spaceships the same way they have now with cars and supertankers. In coming up with a strange company name I thought of British Leyland and Toyota, but we couldn't use "Leyland-Toyota" in the film. Changing one letter gave me "Weyland," and "Yutani" was a Japanese neighbor of mine.''

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--> ''...Weyland Yutani for instance is almost a joke, but not quite. I wanted to imply that poor old England is back on its feet and has united with the Japanese, who have taken over the building of spaceships the same way they have now with cars and supertankers. In coming up with a strange company name I thought of British Leyland and Toyota, but we couldn't use "Leyland-Toyota" in the film. Changing one letter gave me "Weyland," and "Yutani" [[{{Tuckerization}} was a Japanese neighbor of mine.'']]''
13th May '17 10:25:43 AM AlternativeCola
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13th May '17 10:21:46 AM AlternativeCola
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* DevelopmentHell: Neill Blomkamp's fifth ''Alien'' movie was green-lit by Fox but put on hold pending the success of ''Alien: Covenant''. Ridley Scott eventually stated that the project has been scrapped by FOX and wasn't much more than an outline to begin with, in addition to expressing his intent to retain creative control of the series and make ''Alien'' films until he dies.

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* DevelopmentHell: Neill Blomkamp's fifth ''Alien'' movie was green-lit by Fox but put on hold pending the success of ''Alien: Covenant''. Ridley Scott eventually stated that the project has been scrapped by FOX and wasn't much more than an outline to begin with, with plus Blomkamp stated in recent interviews that he was doubtful it would happen, in addition to Scott expressing his intent to retain creative control of the series and make ''Alien'' films until he dies.
12th May '17 12:52:40 AM Arawn999
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** With the lacklustre-to-negative reception of the third and fourth films and the ''Alien vs. Predator'' duology -- the plans for the latter of which caused him to quit as the director of the third movie, Ridley Scott stated that he felt the Xenomorph was all played out, which was one of the reasons he went along with Damon Lindelof's rewrite of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The fan disappointment of the movie's lack of Xenomorphs led to their inclusion in ''Alien: Covenant'', and in interviews Ridley Scott has lamented ever having left the ''Alien'' franchise and expressed the intent to make at least three more ''Alien'' films.

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** With the lacklustre-to-negative reception of the third and fourth films and the ''Alien vs. Predator'' duology -- the plans for the latter of which caused him to quit as the director of the third movie, Ridley Scott stated that he felt the Xenomorph was all played out, which was one of the reasons he went along with Damon Lindelof's rewrite of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The fan disappointment of the movie's lack of Xenomorphs -- and Scott's own dissatisfaction with how subsequent directors had portrayed the creatures -- led to their inclusion in ''Alien: Covenant'', and in interviews Ridley Scott has lamented ever having left the ''Alien'' franchise and expressed the intent to make at least three more ''Alien'' films.



** Thus far the case with Neill Blomkamp's fifth Alien film. Blomkamp had been making conceptual art in his free time as a possible but unlikely film pitch since Fox didn't even know about his ideas. When the art was released on the internet, Fox surprisingly took interest and hired him for the project. However, the film was put on hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', Blomkamp has moved on to other projects, and Ridley Scott has stated he intends to retain creative control of the franchise until he dies. Scott eventually stated that Blomkamp's film didn't develop beyond a basic outline and was ultimately scrapped by FOX.

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** Thus far the case with Neill Blomkamp's fifth Alien film. Blomkamp had been making conceptual art in his free time as a possible but unlikely film pitch since Fox didn't even know about his ideas. When the art was released on the internet, Fox surprisingly took interest and hired him for the project. However, the film was put on hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', Blomkamp has moved on to other projects, and Ridley Scott has stated he intends to retain creative control of the franchise until he dies. Scott eventually stated that Blomkamp's film -- titled ''Alien: Awakening -- didn't develop beyond a basic outline and was ultimately scrapped by FOX.
29th Apr '17 12:01:48 PM Arawn999
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** Thus far the case with Neill Blomkamp's fifth Alien film. Blomkamp had been making conceptual art in his free time as a possible but unlikely film pitch since Fox didn't even know about his ideas. When the art was released on the internet, Fox surprisingly took interest and hired him for the project. However, the film was put on hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', Blomkamp has moved on to other projects, and Ridley Scott has stated he intends to retain creative control of the franchise until he dies, making the chances of it being put through are slim.

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** Thus far the case with Neill Blomkamp's fifth Alien film. Blomkamp had been making conceptual art in his free time as a possible but unlikely film pitch since Fox didn't even know about his ideas. When the art was released on the internet, Fox surprisingly took interest and hired him for the project. However, the film was put on hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', Blomkamp has moved on to other projects, and Ridley Scott has stated he intends to retain creative control of the franchise until he dies, making the chances of it being put through are slim.dies. Scott eventually stated that Blomkamp's film didn't develop beyond a basic outline and was ultimately scrapped by FOX.



** Neill Blomkamp made plans and concept art for a fifth ''Alien'' movie that Sigourney Weaver was very enthusiastic about, and which would have been set in an AlternateTimeline where Hicks and Newt survived. Ridley Scott signed on to produce it, but the project was put on indefinite hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', and according to Scott it didn't develop beyond a basic outline and was ultimately scrapped by FOX.
29th Apr '17 12:00:16 PM Arawn999
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* DevelopmentHell: Neill Blomkamp's fifth ''Alien'' movie was green-lit by Fox but put on hold pending the success of ''Alien: Covenant''. Given Ridley Scott's expressed intent to retain creative control of the series and make ''Alien'' films until he dies, it's not likely to be made.

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* DevelopmentHell: Neill Blomkamp's fifth ''Alien'' movie was green-lit by Fox but put on hold pending the success of ''Alien: Covenant''. Given Ridley Scott's expressed Scott eventually stated that the project has been scrapped by FOX and wasn't much more than an outline to begin with, in addition to expressing his intent to retain creative control of the series and make ''Alien'' films until he dies, it's not likely to be made.dies.


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** Neill Blomkamp made plans and concept art for a fifth ''Alien'' movie that Sigourney Weaver was very enthusiastic about, and which would have been set in an AlternateTimeline where Hicks and Newt survived. Ridley Scott signed on to produce it, but the project was put on indefinite hold pending ''Alien: Covenant'', and according to Scott it didn't develop beyond a basic outline and was ultimately scrapped by FOX.
19th Apr '17 6:58:58 PM ElectroKraken
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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The franchise has had various special edition releases with unique items over the years, including a "Facehugger" VHS boxset in 1993 (which had copies of the first two films and ''The Making of Alien 3'', pins, a t-shirt and a pass to the Alien War UK attraction), the "Alien Legacy" boxset in the late 90's (which had special collector cards and a mail-in offer for a bonus DVD), the "Alien Quadrilogy", which included the then-newly restored Assembly Cut for the third film and a boatload of extras, and the "Alien Anthology", which includes almost all the extras from all the preceding special edition boxset releases - with an optional collector's edition packaged in a model case designed by Sideshow Collectibles.
16th Apr '17 6:36:24 AM DrOO7
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*** #8 Hero, Ellen Ripley
30th Mar '17 9:06:44 PM Arawn999
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** With the lacklustre-to-negative reception of the third and fourth films and the ''Alien vs. Predator'' duology -- the plans for the latter of which caused him to quit as the director of the third movie, Ridley Scott stated that he felt the Xenomorph was all played out, which was one of the reasons he went along with Damon Lindelof's rewrite of ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The fan disappointment of the movie's lack of Xenomorphs led to their inclusion in ''Alien: Covenant'', and in interviews Ridley Scott has lamented ever having left the ''Alien'' franchise and expressed the intent to make at least three more ''Alien'' films.
** Like Scott and James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver was unimpressed by FOX's decision to make a film based on the ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' crossover series, which contributed to her insistence that Ellen Ripley be killed off in the third movie. While she returned for the fourth movie and cameoed in the ''Alien: Isolation'' game, Neill Blomkamp's proposed was what fifth movie reignited her passion for the character and the franchise.


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** Ridley Scott was going to make the third ''Alien'' movie, but passed on it when FOX announced they were going to make ''Film/AlienVsPredator''. When he returned to the franchise with ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', he deliberately made the ''AVP'' duology CanonDiscontinuity.
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