*Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) was offered to direct Alien Resurrection, but decided to pass on the film in early February, 1996.
*- “During the publicity tour for his controversal film Crash, David Cronenberg has said that he was offered the director’s chair for Alien Resurrection. Although he was excited by the idea of working with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder, he realized that he could never put his own personal stamp on the film, so he declined.” [Scoop swiped from Corona.]
*- One of the characters in the Whedon script, (St. Just) was written for Asian action film star Chow Yun Fat.
*- According to the October 11th Chicago Tribune, Bo Jackson read for a part in ALIEN 4.
*- The full two minute trailer for Alien Resurrection was attached to the FOX flop film ‘Speed 2.’ It was later attached to ‘The Edge.’
*- Joss Whedon’s script for ALIEN RESURRECTION went through five different versions of the final battle with the Newborn in such settings as a hospital maternity ward, a giant junkyard, a forest, a cliffside, and a desert.
*- Whedon originally scripted the Newborn creature as a four-legged, eyeless, bone-white creature with red veins running along the sides of its head. It had an inner jaw, similar to the all the other aliens. It also had a pair of pincers on the sides of his head. These pincers were used to hold its prey still as it drained the prey of blood with its inner jaw. The creature was also larger, nearly the size of the queen alien. In later script revisions, the creature was changed into a “more believable” hybrid of human and alien.
*- The first draft of the script contained an action sequence that took place in a garden contained within the spaceship “Auriga,” with Ripley driving an electrically-powered jeep to avoid aliens attacking from all sides. This was to take place after the scene in the chapel but before the sequence where the Newborn is introduced. The sequence was cut due largely to budget constraints.
*- Nigel Phelps based the design of the spaceship “Betty” on a jackhammer. The “Auriga” was originally to be a vertical structure, but he abandoned this idea once he realized the difficulty of capturing the scope of such a ship design on film.
*- Sigourney Weaver actually made the behind-the-back half-court basketball shot on her own, despite the fact that the way the ball disappears offscreen for a split second before going into the basket implies that she had offscreen help. (She later mentioned on the Late Show with David Letterman that the director was implied that she had to hurry and make it, and they could always add it in post-production. Weaver then made the shot, but the Jeunet seemed dissapointed that it went out of frame. He mentioned that no-one would beleive that it was a real shot. Weaver then said that she’d go on every talk show and say that it was real! Weaver also had a basketball coach for that scene.
*- /Mick passed this: When Sigourney Weaver actually did sink that basketball throw, Johner almost broke character by jumping, yelling and cheering. Fortunately, the cameras had stopped rolling at that point. (Taken from the Alien Resurrection book). [I woulda cheered too! Thanks Mick!]
*- Alien 4 cut scenes… Pete Morton reports: In the “Alien Resurection” novelisation, there is a scene where the newborn alien hybrid tries to shag Ripley – If you look at the creature in the film, there’s a kind of seam running up across the belly from between it’s legs. In the book, the creature embraces Ripley and it’s penis emerges from this apeture, but she fights it off. I had read an article before the film was released (Again in SFX magazine) which briefly mentioned “An alien / Ripley sex scene!” and thought the same as you – that the scene involving the alien carrying Ripley was that scene in a toned down form.
*- ALIEN Resurrection cost at least 70 million dollars to make.
*- Sigourney Weaver got paid 12 million dollars to reprise her role as Ripley.
*-Actor Ron Perlman nearly drowned while filming the underwater sequence. At one point, when trying to surface, he hit his head on a sprinkler in the ceiling, knocking him out cold. He was rescued by nearby film crew members.
*- ALIEN Resurrection had Production Dates of 20 November 1996 – May 1997.
*- ALIEN Resurrection’s opening weekend domestic box-office take was $25.789m (US), on 2,415 screens.
*- ALIEN Resurrection’s US/Canada box-office gross was $47.748m (US).
*- ALIEN Resurrection’s non-USA/Canada box-office gross was over $105m (US).
*- ALIEN Resurrection’s UK box-office gross was at least £7.208m (UK).
*- The IMDB lists several statistics on the number of admissions to the movie:
2,532,389 in France.
1,811,773 in Germany.
*- Probably the rarest of all forms of the ALIEN Resurrection home video release is the DIVX version. This format is similar to the DVD, only it operates on a ‘pay every time you play’ philosophy. The format was abandoned in June of 1999.
*- The music used in the Alien Resurrection trailer was titled “Code Red” and was made by Immediate Music. This is a peice that is only available for trailers. Ken passes along more information, as he also called the company, and they told him that they only lease their music out to clients. Ken continues: So unless you cut trailers you might no be able to get it. The guy also said the site should be up and running by the end of August, and that they might have a way for people to listen to their music. The guy said it all depends, if they get a lot of requests a Cd might be put out, or they might sell the music to people.
Also, on the Alien Resurrection DVD the song is at the end of the Featurette under the extra feature section.
*- What is Alien Resurrection’s film length? It was 3000 metres. (The actual length of the film used, not the running time.) For more info on film length (and Finnish classification of movies over 60 minutes, justClick Here.
*- Alien Resurrection was rated ’16’ in Finland.
*- The Finnish title of Alien Resurrection is Alien – ylösnousemus.
*- The Swedish title of Alien Resurrection is Alien Återuppstår, which actually means ‘Alien Resurrects’. [Thanks to Simon A.]
*- In Norway, the name of Alien Resurrection is Alien – Oppstandelsen, which means ‘Alien – The Revival’ if you translate it roughly. [Thanks to Spug]