“Alien” 40th Anniversary Shorts Revealed

The “Alien” franchise celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and now Twentieth Century Fox Film has partnered with global creative community Tongal to develop and produce a half-dozen original shorts set in the world of the groundbreaking sci-fi horror film series.

The studio reportedly reviewed over 550 pitches from filmmakers, whittling it down to six final stories. The filmmakers were then given unprecedented access to the franchise, including storytelling elements, creatures, and characters. Each of the six shorts delivers a new narrative for fans while paying homage to the original film.

The rollout of the six shorts will begin on a weekly basis on IGN starting on March 29th. From May 3rd, they will be available on the official @AlienAnthology social channels and AlienUniverse.com, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content. Here’s a breakdown of all six along with the trailer for them:

“ALIEN: Alone”: Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and Directed by Noah Miller.

“ALIEN: Containment”: Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and Directed by Chris Reading.

“ALIEN: Harvest”: The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell.

“ALIEN: Night Shift”: When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and Directed by Aidan Breznick.

“ALIEN: Ore”: As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and Directed by the Spear Sisters.

“ALIEN: Specimen”: It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Directed by Kelsey Taylor.