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Alien’s Classic Creatures Are Bursting Back Into Theatres

For a minute there, it seemed like director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) was on the brink of reviving the spirit of Alien and Aliens with a new entry in the celebrated science fiction franchise. That plan was derailed when Ridley Scott decided that a second Prometheus film should come first—and it’s now clear why. Speaking to The Wrap about the film last week, Scott explained that Alien: Covenant is its own kind of throwback, one that is likely to tap into some of the same retro imagery as Blomkamp’s unmade film.


“Well, really it’s Alien,” he said of the Prometheus sequel, explaining that he thought it was time to revive the creatures from the original film. “There was always this discussion: Is Alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two.”


The original “big boy” was designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger (who died in 2014), and Scott still believes that his creation is one of the main reasons for the franchise’s success. “I knew we had done something special. I mean, I knew it as soon as I met with H.R. Giger. He was an artist in every sense of the word, but very businesslike. There was no rock ‘n’ roll—well, there was quietly, but he never brought it to the set. And I knew I had something special with this creature that he designed. Without that creature, the film wouldn’t have been the same.”