‘Memory: The Origins Of Alien’ is a feature-length documentary that takes a look at the never-before-seen materials from the archives of writer Dan O’Bannon and designer H.R. Giger. Alien is the 1979 seminal space-based horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The film starred Sigourney Weaver, and the project—the first in a three film franchise—helped to cement her status as a top Hollywood actor.
EW has been on an “exclusive” run in the horror space of late, first with the poster for the documentary Horror Noire, and now with the one-sheet for Alexandre O. Philippe’s film, ‘Memory,’ that will see its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival later this month. No release date has been announced to date, but that could change after the feeding frenzy begins at Sundance. We can only assume the fanboy/fangirl universe is salivating to catch this doc when it hits. We are!
Peep the goods below (with additional notes after the jump). 😉
The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious.
Shot in 4k resolution in Los Angeles, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, London, and Toronto, and driven by interviews of the film’s cast and crew, as well as relatives of creators Dan O’Bannon (writer) and H.R. Giger (designer), MEMORY will exclusively reveal never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger archives, including a treasure trove of original story notes, drawings, designs, behind-the-scenes footage… and the Holy Grail for ALIEN fans… O’Bannon’s original 29 page script from 1971, itself titled MEMORY.
“MEMORY is, full-on, a mythological deep dive into one of the films that influenced me to become a filmmaker, and a long-overdue tribute to its creator and writer Dan O’Bannon. After the success of 78/52, we have pushed the envelope structurally, sonically, and visually, to deliver our most daring and original film-on-film to date; and I am thrilled to partner with Indie Sales to let it burst out onto the screen in 2019.”