Hollywood Recycling: Alien the Movie as Videogame

I love the first “Alien,” which came out in 1979, a crucial time of my career and life. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University that year and also began writing film criticism on a more regular and professional basis.

I have written several times about this seminal (still scary as hell) picture, which launched the careers of the beautiful and talented star Sigourney Weaver (out of Yale School of Drama),  the British director Ridley Scott (it was his second feature), and revitalized the whole genres of horror and sci-fi movies.

I therefore react with mixed feeling when I read that Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role as Ellen Ripley from the “Alien” franchise in the upcoming videogame “Alien: Isolation.”

The actress lent her voice and likeness for downloadable bonus missions that will enable players to relive two classic scenes from the 1979 film, directed by Ridley Scott.

Characters played by actors Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Ian Holm (Ash) will also be featured in two downloadable bonus missions (see the cast in the game below), while consumers who pre-order the game at select retailers will also receive “Last Survivor,” in which players pick up the story as Ripley tries to escape the Nostromo on the Narcissus shuttle.