10 Stories About the Making of ‘Alien’

Stories About the Making of Alien

(Welcome to 10 Stories, a feature where we take a closer look at the making of a film and extract all the necessary trivia you require.)

Alien is perfection. It’s the sort of perfection that makes you ask, “How did they do that?” 41 years after its release, any story to be told about the making of the movie has been told. Nevertheless, we can never talk too much about Alien, especially for those of us who haven’t read or seen everything about the making of the film.

The exhaustive number of docs and making-of features have never dispelled or undercut the magic of the movie. The special features for the film, as well as most of director Ridley Scott‘s filmography, are a film school student’s dream. No stone is ever left unturned. Scott has never been shied away from sharing his secrets or his process.

So we dug into the various special features for Alien to see what we could learn from the master himself about his horror classic.

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roads to freedom

Good lord, Ridley Scott, can you chill? Scott, who is 83-years-old, just wrapped filming The Last Duel and is already deep into shooting his next movie House of Gucci. You’d think he might want to take a breather, but no – he’s already planning his next feature film Kitbag, and is attached to produce a whole slew of titles. And now he’s gone ahead and added one more to the list: Roads to Freedom, a 10-episode World War II epic that he’s making with writer Steven Knight. Scott will direct the first episode and also executive produce the series.

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house of gucci first look

Ridley Scott‘s House of Gucci is now filming in Italy, and set pics being taken by onlookers were being leaked online on Monday. The solution: fight fire with fire by releasing an official image from the film. The image comes courtesy of star Lady Gaga and shows Gaga and fellow co-star Adam Driver in costume, posing in front of some picturesque mountains. It looks like a vacation pic from a very good-looking couple. See the full House of Gucci first look below.

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kitbag cast jodie comer

Jodie Comer will (probably) be Josephine to Joaquin Phoenix‘s Napoleon in Ridley Scott‘s Kitbag. Comer just worked with Scott on the historical epic The Last Duel, and now she’ll likely play Napoleon’s first wife. The deal isn’t final yet, and there’s always a chance that the Killing Eve star might not end up in the film after all. But for now, she’s Scott’s number one choice for the role.

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kitbag

Ridley Scott has got his new movie in the bag, with Apple Studios acquiring Kitbag, a Napoleon Bonaparte epic set to star Joaquin Phoenix as the French emperor and military leader.

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alien tv series

Just the other day I wrote up a story with Noah Hawley saying that his idea for an Alien TV show wasn’t happening. Well, it looks like he lied! Because during the big Disney Investor Day presentation it was announced an Alien TV series from Hawley is indeed on the way. Hawley will write and executive produce the series and Alien franchise director Ridley Scott is in advanced talks to executive produce. It will be set “not too far into our future,” and also be set on Earth – a first for the franchise.

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gucci cast jeremy irons

Ridley Scott‘s Gucci has added a new cast member: Jeremy Irons. Irons joins Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, and Al Pacino in the film, which tells the torrid story of Patrizia Reggiani, who tried to orchestrate the assassination of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, one-time head of the Gucci fashion house. Irons is playing Maurizio Gucci – a role that was originally reported as going to Robert De Niro. Talk of De Niro’s involvement in the project proved to be premature, and now the part belongs to Irons.

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Napoleon film

Sir Ridley Scott seems poised to do what Stanley Kubrick famously could not: make a movie about Napoleon.

A new report says Scott is set to direct an epic Napoleon film called Kitbag which will reunite him with his Gladiator cast member Joaquin Phoenix, who recently won a Best Actor trophy at the Oscars for his work on last year’s Joker. Cue the “Napoleon dancing down the steps” memes, and learn more about the project below.
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raised by wolves season 2

Raised by Wolves is a hardcore slice of science-fiction. From showrunner Aaron Guzikowski and director Ridley Scott, the series effortlessly blends thought-provoking drama and the fun of watching androids obliterating humans with the awesome power of their voice. It’s a show that doesn’t feel alien to Scott’s own sci-fi universes. Consider Raised by Wolves to be Blade Runner or Alien‘s cool cousin.

The epic series began as a spec script from Guzikowski, who generally writes movies, not shows, with the exception of The Red Road. The screenwriter’s breakout script was Prisoners, which caught the eye of Mark Wahlberg and led to Guzikowski’s earliest writing gigs, including Contraband. Guzikowski’s most ambitious project, without question, is Raised by Wolves. It’s epic in scope, although not without intimacy.

When writing the series, Guzikowski was listening to “a ton of John Carpenter,” the Nosferatu score, and “a lot of ’70s Tangerine Dream,” and it shows in the series. Recently, the showrunner told us about the experience of crafting his immersive sci-fi series with Sir Ridley Scott.

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