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Alternate Alien Title Treatment is Giger-riffic!

The Alien title treatment that could have been was designed by Michael Doret and is a terrifying tribute to H.R Giger’s Alien designs. Read more after the jump.

What’s the most iconic movie title treatment? The big red font of Jaws? The S morphing into a T of Star Wars? The one-word-per-line of Dr Strangelove? Here’s a hint – none of these! It’s the original Alien title.

Alternate Alien Title Treatment is Giger-rific!

Ok maybe I’m  being a little harsh – the rest are pretty good too. But you have to admit the Alien title treatment is pretty damn good. Those 5 tiny white letters space out above a sinister looking egg. Each letter alone out in space, just like the crew of the Nostromo. Chills guys… literal chills. But this wasn’t always the plan., At one point there was a very different sort of title in mind. One that was a lot less subtle!

Slashfilm is reporting  on an alternate title treatment for Alien, originally reported by Births.Movies.Death.  You only have to look at it once to see the huge influence of mad-art-scientist H.R Giger on the artwork. Giger played a big part in designing the titular xenomorph and loads of other creepy elements of the Alien saga. Check out the title below:

Alternate Alien Title Treatment

You’re probably wondering where this treatment has been hiding all this time.

Well I’ll tell you. According to We Are The Mutants it was originally designed by Michael Doret, a New York-born illustrator and graphic designer. You may not know his name but he’s been around for a long old time. Doret started working in the 70’s. His work ranged from Time magazine covers to KISS album covers (“Rock and Roll Over“). But what about his title treatment work? His notable title work includes Zardoz (1974) and Wolfen (1981). They may not be the biggest movies of all time but their titles were heavily influential in future projects. But Doret’s work isn’t limited to the 20th century. He recently worked on the title treatment for Wreck-It Ralph.

Doret has this to say about his alternative Alien title treatment:

The title treatment I designed for Ridley Scott’s Alien never made it into the public arena. It had some small promotional uses before it was run over by the Bill Gold Advertising machine and relegated to the back burner. At any rate, this was great fun to have worked on—the more so since I was able to work on it with my friend (the now famous “pop-surrealist”) Todd Schorr. I designed and drew the forms based on the “bio-mechanical” forms I saw in some publicity stills from the production, and Todd painted the absolutely gorgeous finished art.

Doret’s Alien title treatment certainly tells a different story to the title they wound up using. It screams classic sci-fi. It’s bold, sinister and brutal. With the official title you’re not sure why you’re anxious about it. With Doret’s title you know exactly why you’re anxious. Because it’s creepy as hell! It’s hard to say whether that’s a good thing or not. Still, it’s definitely worth getting this design on a t-shirt or something.

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Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” Sequel Delayed

Chappie director Blomkamp’s Alien sequel has hit the brakes to give way to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Will he ever catch back up?

There was a period of a few months this year when we had two separate alien sequels on the horizon. The first was from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the second was from the xeno-daddy himself Ridley Scott. So we felt pretty damn good about ourselves. But in this town (or whatever town you’re currently in) there’s apparently only room for one Alien sequel. So who do you imagine will be taking the back seat on the franchise? You guessed it, Ridley Scott! No just joking it’s Blomkamp.

According to Slashfilm.com the news is that Blomkamp will be putting his dream project on the back burner while Scott‘s Alien: Paradise Lost gets given priority from Fox. The news was broken as it always is by an emotionally ambiguous tweet from Blomkamp:

As well as emotionally ambiguous, it’s also factually ambiguous. There’s no mention of Scott or Paradise Lost, or why the project has been delayed. It’s a reasonable guess that Fox don’t want to put too many eggs in a shared universe basket, given their recent eager beavery with the Amazing Spiderman franchise. So the odds are they want to see how people respond to Paradise Lost before they give a release date for Blomkamp‘s project.

There’s also a bit of a popularity contest to consider. Scott just made a killing with The Martian and is once again a very hot commodity after a string of divisive projects. Blomkamp on the other hand has seen a diminishing return post-District 9 with Elysium and Chappie. It’s also worth considering that Prometheus itself split Alien fans down the middle, so there may not be a strong enough foundation to support two simultaneous additions to the franchise.

Despite Blomkamp‘s recent project issues, fans of the director and the franchise alike are eager to see what he could bring to the table. Also, with the amount of hype following Blomkamp‘s release of his own Alien artwork, fans certainly want to see the ideas come to fruition.

Blomkamp's Alien Sequel Delayed
Blomkamp’s Alien Sequel Delayed

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The Martian Review: More Armageddon than Interstellar

With The Martian, space-fonz Ridley Scott has once again found new ways to make the final frontier cool. So what’s the secret ingredient this time?

These are the voyages of astronaut Mark Watney. His continuing mission, to survive a ballsed-up mission to Mars that left him stranded and presumed dead by NASA. To seek out new ways to make space survival seem exciting and innovative. To boldly go ahead and kick-start Ridley Scott’s reputation. I think it’s safe to say I crushed that intro parody. So let’s go ahead and talk The Martian.

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Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” Movie Will Pick Up Where “Aliens” Left Off

Hey, did you hear that Neill Blomkamp is directing a new Alien film? I know it’s pretty cool. The director behind District 9 and Chappie released some unofficial artwork a month or two back and last week dropped the bombshell that an Alien sequel would be his next project.

Unfortunately, like any half decent movie news, the big reveal raises ten questions for every one it answers. What’s the plot? Where will it take place? What kind of xenomorphs will then be? Will it follow the original canon? And six other questions I guess. The good news is that Blomkamp is more than happy to oblige and has revealed more about the project, including ties to franchise star Sigourney Weaver‘s character Ripley. Screenrant reports that in an interview with Sky News, Blomkamp explained that his new film would go small bang in the middle of the original quadrilogy! Here’s exactly what the mad genius had to say for himself:

“I want this film to feel like it’s literally the genetic sibling of ‘Aliens.’ So it’s ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens,’ and then this movie.”

So it looks like Blomkamp is disregarding Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in order to carry on the story left of by the second film. While this might leave some diehard fans who wanted a followup to Resurrection a little peeved, the choice makes a lot of sense. The elements of horror and sci-fi that made the first two Alien films great got a little diluted in the last two films, in an attempt to bust alien out of its tight dark corridors and ventilation shafts. But it looks as though that’s exactly what Blomkamp is looking for this time around:

“It’s a Freudian nightmare. That element to me is what is so appealing. To try to put the audience on the edge of their seat, in a traditional monster stalking you in a dark corridor way.”

It sounds as though Blomkamp knows exactly what he wants this film to be already, and if it can draw on the atmosphere of Alien and Aliens, then he’ll already he off to a flying start.

Blomkamp’s eerie artwork will certainly fall in line with the monochrome horror of the first two films.

 

Blomkamp also explains that his decision for his film’s story and location  in the canon has stemmed in no small part from conversations with Weaver, who has stated that she felt there was a part of Ripley’s story left untold. This ties in with the artwork Blomkamp released that was very Ripley-centric. Does this mean Weaver will be returning for Blomkamp’s chapter, or will she pass on the mantle to another actor? It’s hard to tell right now, but hopefully she’ll be bringing as much experience and insight to the table as possible.

What do you think is next for Ripley?

Don’t Bother Screaming: Neil Blomkamp is Bringing Back “Alien”

Face hugs, face hugs for everyone! If that joke is a mystery to you then you might be equally baffled by the general excitement in the air at the news of a brand new Alien movie. From whom? Well, from Neil Blomkamp of course!

The sci-fi wunderkind had mentioned in recent weeks that 20th Century Fox might be interested in making an alien movie he was connected too. As verbal contracts go, it was pretty soggy and likely to tear. But now Deadline has reported that Blomkamp has officially been hired for the gig. The director himself also teased the news on Twitter with a delightfully unambiguous image.

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This is one of those news stories that’s been on the boil for a couple of months now. We reported on some particularly teasing artwork that Blomkamp released in connection to an alien project that the District 9 director was batting around. Unfortunately they seemed to be a pipe dream as Blomkamp was busy working on his latest Sci fi project Chappie. Don’t get me wrong, Chappie looks fantastic in its own right, but the 90’s lad in me got all tingly at the idea of a new alien movie. And from the looks of the artwork it was going to be a far-cry from original Alien director Ridley Scott‘s xenomorph follow up Prometheus, which was more alien adjacent and left a lot of fans pining. The concept was not only steeped in hella aliens, but there were also images of franchise characters Ripley and hicks, played by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn respectively. Whether or not the two actors will be in any way connected to this project is still very much up in the air, but hopefully something will be let slip very soon.

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Some of Blomkamp’s original artwork…both will feature on my next birthday cake.

This is very exciting news for the franchise and for fans. With franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars being handed off to innovative directors like J.J. Abrams to great effect, there’s certainly something to be said for injecting an old favourite with some new blood- especially if that blood is scary green space acid. We’ll have more on this as the story develops, but for now just have a seat, watch all the alien movies again and make wild speculations about what the next film could be about. That’s what I’m gonna do.

Neill Blomkamp Opens a Twitter Treasure Trove of “Alien” Project Concept Art

Neil Blomkamp is one of those sci-fi directors who fans desperately want to see take on a familiar franchise. Since he crashed the party with District 9, people have been eager to see his talents steered towards a popular franchise and shake it up with his gritty, uninhibited take on sci-fi.

These wishes were almost granted it seems when Blomkamp planned to take on the xenomorph and the Alien universe some time back. Even though the project seems to have dissipated since then, Blomkamp was nice enough to rub some salt into the wound by posting some stunning concept art on Twitter. Along with the artwork Blomkamp wrote “was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph”, which could almost be the epitaph on the film’s gravestone. The concept art includes some interesting takes on the xenomorph, along with Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and a familiar looking spacecraft. The artwork of choice is definitely the alien-ised Ripley and the a badass new facehugger. Check it out, courtesy of Instagram:

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Some pretty impressive artwork I’m sure you’ll agree. It would have been cool to see who that strange creature Ripley’s looking at is, and how that new facehugger goes about its business. Oh well, guess we’ll never know. At least we have Blomkamp’s Chappie to look forward to this year. Probably won’t have any xenomorphs in it, but whatever.

What’s your favourite piece in the gallery?