The Alien franchise has spawned movies, comic books, video games, and action figures since the first film’s release in 1979. The franchise is one of the most beloved in science fiction history and has a dedicated cult following around the world. The series of Alien movies alone have grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, and they remain popular fixtures at cinemas whenever a new movie is released. Check out these ten surprising facts about the Alien franchise, some of which even the most dedicated fans do not know.
The Pitch For Aliens Took About Eight Seconds
Aliens is a sequel that did not fall short of its predecessor. In fact, the film is one of the few sequels in cinema history that built on the original and ended up being an even better film. Apparently, director James Cameron walked into the pitch meeting for the sequel and wrote ‘Alien’ on a whiteboard. He then proceeded to add an ‘s’ and spelled out ‘Aliens.’ After adding two lines through the ‘s,’ Cameron was quickly awarded an $18 million budget to produce the second installment of the franchise. One of Cameron’s best movies was given the green light from studio executives in under ten seconds, and fans of the franchise consistently rank the film as one of the best in the series.
Weyland-Yutani Was Bought Out By Walmart
The Weyland-Yutani corporation in the franchise was founded in 2099 and is a joint British and Japanese venture. In the comic books, the organization is described as almost omnipresent, owning nearly everything. It primarily sells high-end technology, such as computers, spaceships, synthetics, and weapons. The company was not mentioned in the Alien: Resurrection film, which was set a few hundred years after the previous movie. This left fans of the series wondering what had happened to the giant, seemingly unstoppable corporation. In a deleted scene from Alien: Resurrection, it was revealed that the company had been bought out by Walmart and had still existed just a few decades before the film took place. The fact that Walmart owns Weyland-Yutani in the Alien universe was a joke intended to poke fun at the real-life company and its massive reach and influence.