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Let’s face it: The Alien franchise – at least on the big screen – isn’t what it used to be. When Alien: Resurrection released in 1997, it marked a serious turning point for the series, with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet delivering a colorful film unlike any of those that preceded it that ultimately proved pointless in its existence, effectively killing the franchise’s viability at the time not unlike Batman & Robin had done to its own franchise earlier in the year. It wasn’t until 2004 that audiences would see the Xenomorph grace the big screen again (sans Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley for the first time ever) in the crossover film, Alien vs. Predator.
Though a critical failure, that film managed to spin enough of a profit to warrant a sequel in 2007 that immediately dashed any hope AvP had at becoming a long-running cinematic franchise of its own. And so it was that »
- Geoff Cox
Ryan Lambie Jun 9, 2017
In terms of story, Alien: Covenant's conclusion hinted at all kinds of dark possibilities. We won't go over them in spoilery detail here - we've done that before, if you're interested in getting into specifics - but Covenant's conclusion, along with Ridley Scott's clear enthusiasm for the franchise, left clear indications that at least a couple of sequels were in the pipeline.
Right now, though, there appears to be a black cloud on the horizon: the film's box-office. While Alien: Covenant received better reviews than its predecessor, 2012's Prometheus, the latest in a planned string of prequels to 1979's Alien has made a worryingly steep dive in profits over the past couple of weeks.
You only have to take a quick look »
Yes, I know, it’s like we have a serious case of infinite deja vu, isn’t it? It was only last month that we reported that Alien 5 was dead. However, film fans are a persistent bunch, and it certainly doesn’t help that Hollywood is one of the most fickle industries out there. There’s always a chance for something to take off, even long after it’s been confirmed as dead.
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, before Ridley Scott went to work on the now-released Alien: Covenant, Chappie and District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp was doing some preliminary work on Alien 5, a film that was going to undo Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and go off in a completely different timeline. However, before we knew it, Alien: Covenant started gaining momentum, and Alien 5 was put on the back burner.
Related: Neill Blomkamp »
- Joseph Medina
“I think it’s totally dead, yes,” said Blomkamp. “That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It’s sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it’s gone now, and the way that it all is — it’s just not going to live.”
Asked whether studio politics has played a part, Blomkamp responded that: “Yeah. Ridley Scott was one of my idols growing up. He’s so talented and he’s made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. »
- Gary Collinson
After leaving his mark on the sci-fi genre with the incredible District 9, director Neill Blomkamp followed up his debut pic with Elysium and Chappie. Admittedly, neither film hit quite the same heights that his first effort did, but they were still impressive enough to catch the attention of same pretty important people in Hollywood. As such, Blomkamp quickly found himself attached to Alien 5, which would reunite him with Sigourney Weaver after working with the actress on Chappie.
From what we heard, his plan was to reboot the franchise, with the fifth instalment in the iconic sci-fi/horror series looking to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. While it never truly got off the ground, the project did take some significant steps forward and seemed to be on the right track for a while, with impressive concept art surfacing last year. Things were looking pretty good for the film then »
- Matt Joseph
On the same weekend Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant premiered in theaters, Fox Home Entertainment shared a first-look at the Alien: Covenant Steelbook Blu-ray set that will be available exclusively at Best Buy in North America as well as other international territories.
The Alien: Covenant steelbook cover art are features a black-and-white Neomorph alien in its early embryonic stage. Inside are two discs; one of which is the Alien: Covenant Blu-ray and other other either the DVD or bonus features.
Whenever Alien: Covenant arrives on home video the 6-Film Alien Collection will debut alongside it. This collection includes Alien; Aliens; Alien 3; Alien: Resurrection; Prometheus and its direct sequel, Alien: Covenant.
The Alien: Covenant 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray has been available for pre-order at Amazon since opening weekend as well and currently sits in the #11 spot for all current Blu-ray bestsellers at the moment. That makes it the second-highest selling »
The Alien franchise has a long and winding history. From lengthy gestation periods between sequels, to lots of conflict between filmmakers and studios, to varying audience interest over the years - I’m amazed that they just haven’t given up yet. Despite all these challenges, the series has persevered for nearly 40 years and gained legions of fans. As of late, the Alien franchise is back in theaters with a prequel storyline being helmed by series originator, Ridley Scott. Predator will also soon be back in theaters with a new film in 2018.
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Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been »
Tim here. With Alien: Covenant opening to #1 over the weekend, it's fortuitous timing that today marks the 25th anniversary of Alien3. The 1992 sci-fi thriller is probably best-known today for two reasons: introducing music video director David Fincher to the world of theatrical features, and knocking all the shine off of the Alien franchise for the first time (and alas! not the last).
Underperforming at the box office, and outright flopping with critics, Alien³ has never since recovered its reputation; if time has been kind to it, it's only because at least we can now say, "well, at least it's not as bad as Alien: Resurrection" »
- Tim Brayton
Although Alien: Covenant is now in theaters, its home media release is already being teased by IGN, who have revealed the first look at the film's Steelbook Blu-ray and the six-film Blu-ray collection of the Alien franchise.
Set to be released in Best Buy in the United States and at HMV in the UK, the Alien: Covenant Steelbook is a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD release.
In addition to its standard Blu-ray / DVD release and the Steelbook edition, Alien: Covenant will also be included on the Alien 6 Film Collection, a special Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) release that is expected to include Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant (it doesn't look like the Avp films will be included). The six-film collection will be released as a box set with a green cover and as a Steelbook with a blue cover.
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- Derek Anderson
Like a mysterious parasite that infects your body and results in a demon-faced alien spawn bursting from your chest and rapidly growing into a murderous eight-foot creature, the Alien franchise has made its presence known over the past 30-something years, itself spawning a number of sequels (Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection), crossovers and 2012's it's-not-a-prequel-but-really-it's-a-prequel, Prometheus.
If you've never seen Prometheus -- or if you saw Prometheus, hated Prometheus and had a sort of Ptsd reaction to Prometheus that now renders you incapable of remembering anything that happened in that movie -- you may think the latest installment, Alien: Covenant, is not for you. But it can be! There's even a section in the middle of the movie where it stops to just kind of...explain the plot of Prometheus. But while Covenant proves an easy enough entry point for those new to the Alien franchise, you may still have a few questions. Hopefully, ahead »
Near the end of “Alien 3,” Ellen Ripley delivers her most tragic line: “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” Why should it be any different for us? Sigourney Weaver’s defining character defiantly takes her own life shortly thereafter, marking a moral victory against both the creature and the corporation that have come to shape her existence.
Spanning three centuries — “Prometheus” is set in 2089, “Alien: Resurrection” in 2379 — and more than one life cycle for its embattled heroine, the enduring sci-fi saga is among the most mutable cinematic enterprises ever created. I hope it lasts as long in the real world as it does in its own.
Unlike certain other franchises, “Alien” is neither based on pre-existing materials nor beholden to anything resembling real life. There’s no book for us to say is better, no set-in-stone mythology to upend. Anyone worried about »
- Michael Nordine
What makes a movie franchise a franchise and not just a collection of similar films? Commonalities.
Sometimes it’s just a character by himself that makes it a franchise (Tarzan). At other times a common theme (Final Destination). Sometimes films of a franchise will share a common style if they are all made by the same filmmakers (Jason Bourne), or expand on a singular story (Star Wars). For others, it's a gimmick or hook (Home Alone), or a premise (Planet of the Apes).
The Alien franchise doesn’t necessarily fit into any of these categories; although it has featured all of these traits at one time or another. It started in 1979 with the release of Alien, a sequel came seven years later in Aliens, »
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Sigourney Weaver’s face isn’t the first one you see in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” — she’s not even the first name you see, popping up second in the opening credits to Tom Skerritt — but there’s no question that Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece is a film (and, now, an entire franchise) that lives and dies based on the strength of Weaver’s indelible Ellen Ripley. She doesn’t even begin to emerge as the film’s principal hero until about 45 minutes in, when Ripley steps up in the wake of the kind of calamitous tragedy that still makes the film such a heart-pounding to watch, nearly four decades on.
Scott’s choice to ultimately center his film around the strength of a female character was hardly the kind of thing that other late-’70s action-driven blockbusters dug into (screenwriter Dan O’Bannon first wrote Ripley as a male lead, »
- Kate Erbland
The numerous financial forces that conspired to put Alien: Covenant on thousands and thousands of screens the world over have ensured that their investment will be sold, from the title on down, with more clarity and promise than its predecessor. Whereas 2012’s Prometheus was able to get by plenty well through mysterious marketing, a very rare is-it-or-is-it-not play with decades-old iconography, Covenant is being sold, in posters and trailers and TV spots, as everything you’d expect and just about nothing that would really raise any eyebrow. Except, of course, why the nearly octogenarian Ridley Scott, after having the opportunity to go balls-out weird with his flawed, sometimes majestic sci-fi epic, would commit such time and energy to what is, at first glance, clearly a retread.
Then you get a bit deeper into the thing — such as, say, actually seeing the movie, which I think counts for a lot — and »
- Nick Newman
The genius of the “Alien” franchise — and the temptation to continue it ad infinitum — is that each of its installments has been so markedly different. From the ominously sparse thriller that first introduced the world to the Xenomorphs, to the steroidal orgy of muscles and machine guns and alien mucus that James Cameron fashioned out of its sequel, to the fascinatingly garbled industrial sludge of “Alien 3,” and so on… this series has proven to be as endlessly adaptable as the extraterrestrial monster that inspired its title.
So, when people complain that “Alien: Covenant” isn’t an “Alien” movie, it’s hard to know what they mean. Apart from strong women, two-mouthed nightmares, and the dark promise of outer space, there isn’t much that runs through this series and ties it together as a stylistically coherent whole. On the contrary, the saga is defined by its flair for change, »
- David Ehrlich
'Alien: Covenant' review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled 'Prometheus.' 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley Scott's 2012 return to the Alien universe is that the more we learned about the skeletal, seething, phallic, vicious xenomorphs, the looser their hold on our cinematic subconscious. Much of the effectiveness of Scott's 1979 franchise starter lies in its cruel randomness; the tragedy of a horrible death being the result of bumping into the wrong stranger on the wrong street on the wrong night. Jettisoning such primal simplicity, Prometheus suggested a farfetched connection between the aliens and mankind. The result was a muddled attempt at expanding the Alien universe so it could address no less than the origins of humanity. »
- Mark Keizer
In 2012, Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise after more than thirty years. The resulting movie, Prometheus, was not what many wanted it to be, but it left the door open for more to come. That more has arrived in the form of Alien: Covenant, a movie which does not hide its connection to the beloved sci-fi franchise. It embraces it wholeheartedly and, in many ways, gives us the Alien prequel we all hoped that Prometheus would be. It may not be perfect, but it is a return to form where it counts. For the most part.
Fox's Alien: Covenant centers on a group of 15 crew members aboard a colonization ship set for a distant planet, light years away from Earth. The crew is forced to make some tough decisions when something goes wrong, leading them to scout a planet they never intended to visit. They quickly discover that they »
Alien is a franchise that seems to have gained random traction in recent years. After years and years of essentially being an abandoned franchise, there were two films that started started development one after another: Alien 5 and Alien: Covenant. Alien: Covenant is a prequel to the original alien, and the unnamed Alien 5 was set to erase the likes of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and continue on a completely different timeline of films.
The other big difference came in the form of the director. Alien helmer Ridley Scott would be taking on Alien: Covenant, and behind Alien 5 would be District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. Alien 5 would eventually fade into obscurity, but at the time of its early development, it seemed to have the full support of Ridley Scott. But how involved was Scott in the flick?
Related - Alien: Covenant Will Finally Reveal Where The Xenomorphs Come From
Speaking with IGN, »
- Joseph Medina
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