Digital de-aging is nothing new to Hollywood. The process has been used in a number of films over the past decade. The process is usually met with mixed reviews. Some results are good, while others are a bit less than that. A few notable examples would be from two of the latest Marvel films, Michael Douglas (Wall Street) in the beginning of Ant-Man and Robert Downey, Jr. in Captain America: Civil War. The process may happen in a future Alien film to tie the entire franchise together.
According to a recent interview, Ridley Scott is looking to try the technology. In the Empire Magazine cover story for Alien: Covenant, Scott spoke about the possibility of Sigourney Weaver returning to the franchise to lead into the original 1979 Alien film. Of course, Weaver would have to be de-aged to make the transition believable. Scott says:
“Right now we’ve got a ten-page synopsis. [Screenwriter] John Logan’s doing it. And we know where we’re going with it.’ He [Scott] is not ruling out the idea of using a digitally de-aged Sigourney Weaver to bring back Ripley: ‘You could do that,’ he allows. And Logan promises ‘different mutations’ of the Alien to come.”
There are full image scans from the Empire story at AvP Galaxy. In the walkup to Alien: Covenant’s theatrical release, two new TV spots have dropped, and show the crew within everyone farewell, and sending messages back home. The videos have a ‘found footage’ feel. In addition to the TV spots, Scott’s production company RSA Films will make a new VR movie for the release of Alien: Covenant. There are no details about the VR experience, but you can bet that details will come soon. The experience is being called a:
“(A) dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe. Viewers will discover the true meaning of terror as they navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death.”
You can check out the TV spots below:
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19.
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