Dark Horse is bringing Dan O’Bannon‘s first crack at the Alien screenplay to life with a new series, Alien: The Original Screenplay. The series will take it’s cue from O’Bannon’s original draft before it was re-configured by David Giler and Walter Hill and became the movie we know today. The story is basically the same: a group of unlucky saps in space run afoul of a hungry beast. But many of the details are different, and now O’Bannon’s original ideas will be fully realized.
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Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi film Alien is a classic, plain and simple. It’s one of those movies studied in film school and has been poured over by critics, filmmakers, scholars and fans for decades. But believe it or not, Alexandre O. Philippe‘s new documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien shows there is still plenty to learn about the development and making of such an influential and iconic movie.
Philippe came to Sundance a couple years ago with a documentary called 78/52. That film was an extensive, in-depth examination of the classic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Featuring a cavalcade of cinephiles, ranging from filmmakers to critics with some actors and film professors, the film gave new context to and thorough exploration of one of the most famous scenes of all time. Philippe does that again with Memory, but it’s not quite as entrancing. The presentation is a little uneven and seems to be grasping for straws at times. Read More »