Memory: The Origins Of Alien

At this year’s TIFF, Indie Sales has found a potential worldwide audience as sales talks are moving forward on ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien.’ The documentary is said to show exactly how Ridley Scott’s masterpiece came together and share details which have yet to be told.

The documentary was directed by Alexandre O. Philippe and will show previously unseen materials from both writer Dan O’Bannon and the iconic creature designer H.R. Giger who have both sadly passed away. This will consist of “story notes, drawings, designs, behind-the-scenes footage, and O’Bannon’s original 29-page Memory script from 1971.”

On top of this, we’ll see interviews with both the cast and crew of the franchise as well as relatives of both O’Bannon and Giger.

Visually, the documentary was filmed in 4k in Los Angeles, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, London, and Toronto. The plan is to release it in 2019 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of ‘Alien.’

According to Indie Sales CEO and co-founder Nicolas Eschbach:

“It’s better than a kid’s dream to handle this one-of-a-kind documentary about Ridley Scott’s Alien, which contributed to shape our contemporary pop culture.
Alexandre’s talent to grasp the essence of a reference film like Psycho has already been praised with his brilliant 78/52. We are convinced that Memory will deliver a revealing and wholly original take on one of Hollywood’s most beloved and iconic shockers, and will not only win the hearts of hardcore fans and cinephiles but also intrigue and fascinate general audiences around the world.”

Producer Kerry Deignan Roy of Exhibit A Pictures also added:

“We are delighted to partner with the Indies Sales team which has not only believed in this film from its earliest stages but understands the scope and ambition of this project as a follow-up to 78/52.”

Philippe himself wanted to share why he made this documentary in the first place and stated:

“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.”

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Sources: Screen Daily, Slash Film