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The Alien franchise is a science fiction horror franchise, consisting primarily of a series of films focusing on Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) and her battle with an extraterrestrial lifeform, commonly referred to simply as "the Alien". Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series started with the 1979 feature film Alien, and continued with three movie sequels, Aliens (1986), Alien3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). It has also inspired numerous books, comics and video game spinoffs.

In addition to the Alien franchise is the Alien vs. Predator franchise, including the feature films Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), which pits the titular Aliens against the Predator creatures from the Predator franchise.


Alien (1979)Edit

Main article: Alien (film)

The USCSS Nostromo goes to the desolate planetoid LV-426 after receiving an unknown signal from a derelict alien spacecraft. Whilst exploring the ship, one of the Nostromo's crewmen discovers an egg-like object which releases a creature that attaches itself to his face and renders him unconscious. Some time later, the parasite dies and the crewman wakes up, seemingly fine. However, an alien creature later bursts out of the crewman's chest and, after rapidly growing into an eight-foot tall creature, begins killing the rest of the crew.

Aliens (1986)Edit

Main article: Aliens (film)

Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the Nostromo, awakens 57 years later from hypersleep to discover that LV-426 is now home of a terraforming colony. However, contact with the colony has been lost, causing a squad of Colonial Marines to be sent to investigate, accompanied by Ripley. Once back on LV-426, they soon discover that the colonists had discovered the Derelict Ship and that the Aliens now infest the entire colony.

Alien3 (1992)Edit

Main article: Alien 3

Due to a fire aboard the USS Sulaco, (the ship sent to investigate LV-426 in the previous film) a Type 337 EEV escape pod is released and crash-lands close to the Class C Work Correctional Unit on Fiorina "Fury" 161. Everyone on board dies in the crash except Ripley. Unbeknownst to Ripley, a Royal Facehugger, born from a Alien Egg aboard the Sulaco impregnates a host. The Xenomorph soon births and begins a killing spree. Ripley later discovers there is also an Alien Queen growing inside her. Italic

Alien Resurrection (1997)Edit

Main article: Alien Resurrection

200 years after the incidents of the previous installment, Ellen Ripley is cloned and the Alien Queen is surgically removed from her body. The United Systems Military hopes to breed Aliens to study and research on the USM Auriga, using human hosts kidnapped and delivered to them by a group of mercenaries. The Aliens escape their enclosures, while Ripley 8 and the mercenaries attempt to escape and destroy the Auriga before it reaches its destination — Earth.

Aborted fifth filmEdit

Around the release of Alien Resurrection, Joss Whedon wrote an Earth-set script for Alien 5, although Sigourney Weaver disliked it.[1]

Some time later, Aliens director James Cameron began working on a story for a fifth Alien film, and had discussed the idea with Alien director Ridley Scott. Scott stated that he thought "it would be a lot of fun, but the most important thing [was] to get the story right."[2] In a 2002 interview Scott announced that his concept for a fifth film would be "to go back to where the Alien creatures were first found and explain how they were created". However, at the time he had shown interest in pursuing the project himself.[2] When Cameron learned that Fox intended to pursue an Alien vs. Predator movie, he believed the film would "kill the validity of the franchise" and ceased work on his story, stating that to him Alien vs. Predator "was Frankenstein Meets Werewolf. It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other... Milking it."[3]

On December 5, 2008, Sigourney Weaver hinted in an interview with MTV that she and Ridley Scott were working on an Alien spinoff film which would focus on the chronicles of Ellen Ripley rather than on the Xenomorphs.[4]

In May 2009, Carl Rinsch signed on to direct an Alien prequel, with Ridley and Tony Scott acting as producers, to begin filming in 2009.[5] However, Fox was unsure about making the film without Ridley's direction.[6] In July 2009, it was confirmed that Ridley Scott would be returning to direct an Alien prequel, with Jon Spaihts writing the script.[7][8] The film eventually evolved from a prequel into the spin-off film Prometheus.

Home video releasesEdit

The Alien films have been released on home video in numerous forms over the years. Most recently, the 2010 six-disc Alien Anthology set brought the films to high-definition home video for the first time, featuring high-def transfers of each of the four films in the series, an alternate cut of each, plus a wealth of making-of documentaries and other bonus features. Later, a four-disc version of the set was released in the UK in 2012, containing the films but none of the bonus materials.


As well novelizations based on the four Alien films (Alien, Aliens and Alien3 by Alan Dean Foster, and Alien Resurrection by Ann Crispin) there are numerous expanded universe novels based on the Alien series.


Numerous comic appearances include:

Video GamesEdit

Main article: List of Alien and Predator games

The first game based on the franchise was Alien (1982) for the Atari 2600, a game heavily based on Pac-Man. A strategy game based on the first movie was released in 1984.

Aliens was adapted into four different video games, a shoot 'em up arcade by Konami, a collection of minigames by Activision, a first-person shooter by Software Studios, and a MSX platformer by Squaresoft.

Acclaim released three different games based on Alien 3, two different run and gun platformers (one for various platforms in 1992, another for the SNES an year later) and a Game Boy adventure game in 1993. Sega also released a light gun arcade, Alien 3: The Gun in 1993.

The last game based on an Alien film was 2000's Alien Resurrection, a PlayStation first-person shooter.

Other Alien games include Mindscape's adventure Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure (1995), Acclaim's first-person shooter Alien Trilogy (1996), the FPS Aliens Online (1998), the Game Boy Color action game Aliens: Thanatos Encounter (2001), and the mobile phone game Aliens: Unleashed (2003). The latest game released was the arcade game Aliens: Extermination, in 2006.

There is also a First-person shooter video game for PC called Alien versus Predator  in which one can play as a Marine, Predator and Alien. This was followed by Aliens versus Predator 2 and the expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt

In December 2006, Sega struck a deal with Fox Licensing to release two games based on the Alien franchise on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.[9] Only one of the two will be released, a first-person shooter by Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was released in 2013.[10] In February 2009, Sega further released that a game based on the AvP franchise was in development by the developers of the original game, Rebellion Developments. This third AvP game was released in 2010, before the other two Aliens games.[11]

See AlsoEdit


  1. Larry Carroll. "Will Ripley Rise Again?", MTV Movies Blog, 2009-02-20. Retrieved on 2009-02-28. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Davidson, Paul (2002-01-23). "Alien vs. Predator: Battle of the Sequels". IGN. Retrieved on 2008-01-14.
  3. Vespe, Eric "Quint" (2006-02-07). "Holy Crap! Quint interviews James Cameron!!!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved on 2007-12-20.
  4. "MTV Movies Blog » Sigourney Weaver And Ridley Scott To Team Up For Alien-Less ‘Alien’ Sequel?". (2008-12-05). Retrieved on 2009-03-02.
  5. Steve Weintraub. "Tony Scott Confirms Carl Rinsch is Directing ALIEN. And it’s a PREQUEL!", Collider, 2009-05-29. Retrieved on 2009-05-30. 
  6. Christine Spines. "A prequel to Alien is in the works, but who is going to direct it?", Entertainment Weekly, 2009-06-04. Retrieved on 2009-06-11. 
  7. "'Alien' Prequel Takes Off". Variety (2009-07-30). Retrieved on 2009-07-31.
  8. Scott Talks Alien Prequel
  9. "Aliens to spawn on next-gen systems". GameSpot (2006-12-11). Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
  10. "Aliens: Colonial Marines still alive, DS edition planned". GameSpot (2009-06-15). Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  11. "SEGA and Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchangising Announce New Aliens vs. Predator Game". SEGA (2009-02-11). Retrieved on 2009-02-12.

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