Fox celebrates 37 years of the popular, genre bending franchise by marking April 26th, 2016 as Alien Day!
It has been 37 years since Alien took to the movie screens and changed cinema forever. It’s been 30 years since its sequel, Aliens, hit the screens. And now, thanks to the studio that made them possible, Fox has announced that April 26th is Alien Day! LV426 to be exact! For those unfamiliar, LV426 is the satellite planet orbiting Calpamos, 30 light years from the Sun. This otherwise nondescript satellite planet brings one thing: Aliens! Particularly, the dreaded, horrifying, stomach exploding aliens we’ve come to fear from the Alien franchise.
In celebration of one of the most revered franchises in movie history, Fox has huge plans in store for fans. They describe it as “an out of this world global celebration of the ALIEN franchise culminating with a special 24 hour, fan-focused social media event.” This includes nationwide screenings of Alien and Aliens, a ton of product and tie in announcements and the kick off of the ALIEN: Ultimate Trivia Challenge. This fun game will allow fans a chance to use their Alien knowledge to win awesome franchise prizes every 42.6 minutes on Twitter.
Some of the amazing things that will be announced include the availability of your very own pair of Reebok Alien Stomper as worn by Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) through Reebok.com and in Reebok stores nationwide. Additionally, the mid tops worn by Lance Henrikson as the Android Bishop will be available for consumer purchase as well.
One of our favorite companies ever, Funko LLC will be releasing an ALIENS Queen & Power Loader and Ripley figure ReAction set! Dark Horse Comics will be releasing ALIENS: Defiance #1, with exclusive variant covers at your favorite local comic shop (ours is the nationally known Third Eye Comics) or online. This new comic book series follows Colonial Marine rookie Zula Hendricks as she goes AWOL to protect Earth from an unknown alien species. Written by Brian Wood (The Massive, Rebels) and with artwork by Tristan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road, TMNT), this is going to be one you need to add to your pull list. Additionally, Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Hardcover version of the original ALIENS comic book series that debuted in 1986.
A brand new audio drama called Alien: Out of the Shadows will debut exclusively on Audible, while Titan Books will release a brand new novel called Alien: Invasion (The Rage War – Book 2) by Tim Lebbon. There’s an exclusive Aliens Loot Crate coming, ALIEN themed apparel from Fright Rags, DC Entertainment will be re-releasing Batman VS ALIEN and much much more.
All of this ALIENS goodness and more start April 26 in celebration of the ALIEN franchise and to countdown the next film in the franchise ALIEN: Covenant. Ridley Scott will direct and Michael Fassbender will reprise his role from Prometheus for the upcoming film, in theaters August 2017. We can’t wait for all of this ALIEN goodness!