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 Alientitle.
Ok maybe I’m being a little harsh – the rest are pretty good too. But you have to admit the Alientitle 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 Aliensaga. Check out the title below:
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 Alientitle 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.
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 9director 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 Aliensequel. 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:
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
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 Elysiumand Chappie. It’s also worth considering that Prometheusitself split Alienfans 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 Alienartwork, fans certainly want to see the ideas come to fruition.
Watch this space for all the latest Alienmovie news.
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.
As the world tries to get to grips with the fact that a bidding war just tookplace over the rights for a movie about Emojis, we end the week with a different different and potentially more intriguing battle for movie rights. Fox has paid a sizeable sum to adapt crime novel The Cartel, and has named Ridley Scott as their go-to director. Continue reading Fox Eyes Ridley Scott for “The Cartel” Adaptation→
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Interstellarlanded in cinemas and made us all feel like idiots. So how about something a little different but undeniably spacey? Matt Damon had his own little twists and psychological mores to contribute to Nolan’s epic, and now he’s going back for more Ridley Scott‘s The Martian – and we’ve got a trailer.
Scott’s latest scifi and first film since Exodus: Gods and Kings follows Damon as an astronaut on the first manned voyage to Mars who gets left behind and is forced to survive until he can get a distress message back to earth. Why don’t I let Jeff Daniels explain the rest? I should clarify, Daniels stars in the film, he’s not currently writing for us. Here’s the trailer, fresh from YouTube:
Not too shabby. The film, based on Andy Weir‘s novel is definitely something a little bit different, and looks more akin to Castawaythan Apollo 13. There’s also a rarity for Scott on this latest project in the form of tongue in cheek humour, with Damon announcing to his log that he’s going to have to “science the shit out of this” in order to survive at least four years on a planet where nothing grows.
Also starring Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig, The Martian hits theatres on October 2nd. Sound good to you?
It seems like forever since we last talked about the impending Blade Runner sequel – although to be fair it got to the point where there was nothing to talk about. We knew original director Ridley Scott was involved in some capacity and that Harrison Ford had been asked to reprise his role as Deckard, but once that was in the conversation all that there was left to do was panic about the prospect of a Blade Runnersequel and how it would even work – or if it would work! Well now we have some other info to discuss, so we can pocket our worries for a the moment. Deadline has reported on two big developments in the project. First of, Harrison Ford is confirmed to be back for the sequel, picking up where he left off thirty years ago when the original was released. Blade Runner was set in the not too distant future of 2019, so if the timing is faithful it should be nearing 2040 when we catch up with Deckard again. It goes without saying that Ford is as integral to the popularity of the original and the possible success of the sequel as Scott is. But Scott won’t be directing this time around, and that brings us to the second piece of news.
It’s reported that Denis Villeneuve is currently in talks to take the reins of the sci fi sequel from Scott, while the original director takes the Executive Producer chair. Villeneuve is responsible for a couple of good projects, including Prisonersstarring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is in the process of wrapping up Sicaro, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin – so the timing’s just about perfect for the director to take on the mammoth project that is Blade Runner. And with mammoth projects come mammoth responsibilities: if Villeneuve does take the gig, will he cut the mustard.
Fortunately the script is in very good hands: original Blade Runnerpen-man Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (who?) have written the screenplay, and since Phillip K Dick never wrote a sequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (the basis of Blade Runner), the script is based on an original idea from Scott and Fancher.
Now that we’re so close to having on all the key pieces in place, what can we expect from this sequel? Will it be another Prometheus? Or something entirely different? Oh crap I’m back to panicking again. Hopefully there’ll be some more news soon to pull me out of this tailspin. The ball’s in your court Villeneuve!