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– by Campbell Clark

Ridley Scott’s seminal Sci-Fi movie Alien was released on May 25, 1979, it’s almost as old as me. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the movie’s release and as such owners of the IP Fox, are planning something a little bit different for fans.

Twentieth Century Fox is going to offer fans the chance to pitch, write and help make a short fan film. The film has to be set after the original Alien movie and other than that, seems pretty open to whatever ideas fans can come up with. Pretty cool idea, right?

Here is the official tweet sent out by Fox along with partners, online creator network Tongal.

The campaign is called “by the fans, for the fans.” It will ask fans to submit their pitches for the short and from this initial pool, 18 filmmakers will be chosen to further develop their pitch through to script and visual pitches. Only 6 of the initial 18 filmmakers will be selected to bring their short film to life. How these short films will be then shown to the rest of the fandom is currently unknown.

Tongal co-founder and chief creative officer James DeJulio said the following about this opportunity.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Twentieth Century Fox on the anniversary of such an epic franchise and bringing that opportunity to our creator community. The Tongal and Fox collaboration is a bullseye for us as we continue our work to empower creators to engage current and future fans around titles like Alien.”

So here is the chance for all you budding filmmakers to actually write a shot film which acts a sequel of sorts to Alien. Some of the LRM writers might even be interested in this, myself included, although as yet I have no ideas coming to life. If this is the opportunity someone out there is looking for head over to Tongal for all the details.

As always let us know what you think of this idea in the comments section below, but don’t give your ideas away if you intend to apply.

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SOURCE: Twentieth Century Fox/Tongal (via Twitter)