April 26! Who else is excited about April 26? Anybody who is a fan of the popular Alien movie series would be thrilled to hear that there is a day of celebration coming up for the Alien series and it will also be used to promote the upcoming movie Alien: Covenant, the second movie in the Alien Prequel series, by the legendary Ridley Scott.
Here’s the press release with all the information you need to know about Alien day!
“ALIEN DAY livestreaming event at Fox Studios in Los Angeles:
Beginning at 10 a.m. PDT on all ALIEN social channels and on the newly launched ALIEN Universe Hub (www.AlienUniverse.com), fans can interact with the cast via a question and answer session as well as view multiple behind-the-scenes segments highlighting the making of ALIEN: COVENANT.
- Global One-Night Screening Event – Screenings of Ridley Scott’s original 1979 ALIEN starring Sigourney Weaver and his 2012 follow-up PROMETHEUS will be held across the globe on ALIEN DAY. At participating RPX Regal Cinema U.S. theaters and worldwide partners, fans can watch these sci-fi thrillers and be treated with exclusive content from ALIEN: COVENANT and a one-of-a-kind commemorative item. Participating locations will be listed on AlienUniverse.com.
- The “MU/TH/UR of all ALIEN Trivia Challenges”: Returning for only 24 hours on AlienUniverse.com, Fox will unveil a new quiz every 4 hours and 26 minutes. Fans will answer a series of rapid-fire questions for a chance to win a VIP trip to Ridley Scott’s upcoming Imprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and incredible prizes.
- Fan Art Contest: Submissions for a Fan Art Contestare now open at AlienUniverse.com. The chosen artwork will be transformed into a limited edition t-shirt premium available with the purchase of the ALIEN: COVENANT Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD, exclusively at Wal-Mart stores and www.Walmart.com. Pre Order will start on May 19.
Fans can own the complete Alien Universe on Blu-ray featuring four limited-edition Mondo Alien movie poster cards. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart and www.Walmart.com on April 18. Fans should stay tuned for product announcements, limited edition releases and exciting unveils to take place in the weeks ahead and through the theatrical premiere of Alien: Covenant. Among the key licensees joining the Alien Day celebration: Dark Horse Comics, Audible, Titan, NECA, Hallmark, PPW Toys, Cool Props, Funko and more. Fox Consumer Products is also partnering with multiple retailers including BoxLunch, FYE/TWE, Books-A-Million, and Spencer’s Gifts, which will showcase exclusive Alien franchise merchandise, celebrating the day with in-store activations, and social media sweepstakes. And look out for a special Alien Day broadcast message from Madame Tussauds with further details of a terrifying arrival at one of their iconic locations this summer. For more information on all Alien Day activities, go to www.AlienUniverse.com. Fans can also join the #ALIENDAY conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.”
The announcement trailer uploaded on the 20th Century Fox YouTube Channel is ultra creepy, and not just because my internet connection was bad when I watched it so it took some really long and sinister pauses, I was seriously thinking something was about to jump out.
You can watch it here:
You must be wondering how you can join. Well, on the Alien Universe website, there is a button on the top right that says, “Crew Login.” You have to click it to sign up for the event. You can either sign up using your Facebook profile or your email address. However, after you click the Facebook Profile sign up button and you have allowed the website to use the information from Facebook, it uses your email address and name to fill in the email sign up form and asks you to click the sign up button again, instead of immediately signing you up with your Facebook profile and signing you in on the website, similar to how other websites work. It is just a small issue and it still only takes a few seconds to sign up. Right after you sign up, the website greets you and there’s a button right below it. Don’t click it. People generally expect the website to lead us somewhere else right after signing up, either the main page or our profile page, so we wouldn’t expect the button right underneath our name to say “Logout.”
After signing up, click on either the “Mission” or “Alien Day” button and you’d be able to see the tabs on the page that says enter. You do have to be an US resident and older than 18 to join. Fans of the Alien series are most likely older than 18 so it is not that much of a bummer. You could read the other rules in detail on the website.
In celebration of Alien Day, we have something about the original 1979 movie to share with you. On April 3rd 2017, Director Ridley Scott revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he originally wanted another ending for the movie.
In case you don’t remember what happened towards the end of the movie, in an effort to defeat the very last alien, Ripley slams on a button and the shuttle’s emergency door opens, pulling the alien towards the empty space. The alien held on to the sides of the door, refusing to be pulled away. Ripley, however, harpoons it, pushing it out to space then later incinerating it by turning on the engine with it climbing inside.
Scott tells Entertainment Weekly,
“I thought that the alien should come in, and Ripley harpoons it and it makes no difference, so it slams through her mask and rips her head off,”
“Then, I cut to the desktop and the alien’s hand comes in and goes *taps on buttons* and in a perfect mimic of Captain Dallas saying, ‘I’m signing off.’ ”
He said that after he pitched this idea to 20th Century Fox,
“The first executive from Fox arrived on set within 14 hours, threatening to fire me on the spot. So we didn’t do that.”
I’m sure after 5 movies of the Alien film series and a new Alien film coming out in 2017, 38 years after the first movie, everyone is glad that Ridley Scott listened to Fox and kept Ripley alive for the first movie.
Alien: Covenant comes out on May 19, 2017 in theatre’s near you!
Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor