Cowboys & Aliens: Description of the Aliens
SPOILER WARNING: Director Jon Favreau discusses in detail which previous screen aliens influenced his design during an interview with MTV.
Once you see these aliens, you will probably be reminded of Spielberg or Guillermo del Toro creatures. Reason for that? Favreau took advice on the design of the creature from those two brilliant directors. They coached him on the profile of the alien, the color and the approach of the big reveal.
The more I hear about this movie, the more I want to go out and see it. When I'm done writing this I wouldn't be too surprised to see my self heading to the local theater instead of home. I'll bust out my favorite candy, Dots and drink my five dollar root beer and cheer with glee as I see what is sure to be a spectacular movie.
"The alien movies I like the most are the ones I grew up with," he said. "It was the pre-CG, almost verging on horror versions of alien films, like 'Alien,' 'Aliens,' 'Predator' and all the Spielberg stuff, and I include 'Jaws' in that, too. They were all the same kind of movie.
"It was before you had computer effects, so you had to, through lighting and mystery and music, slowly reveal the creature. That technique has some somewhat been lost now, thanks to CGI. Even though we have CGI creatures eventually, we do use animatronics and we do use lighting and all the old techniques to reveal them."
Their faces move and shift to expose layers below, and their bodies open up to unleash hidden, gooey hands. Gross and fascinating and scary, all at once.
"'Predator' and 'Alien': What was fun about those films is, as you saw the creatures, more and more layers were revealed, whether it was armor coming off with 'Predator' [and] weaponry, or in the case of 'Alien,' with the second set of teeth or the metamorphosis that it did from its egg state to the face-hugger to whatever that larval phase was when it busts out of your chest and finally into the big [creature]," he said. "It's the shape-shifting quality of the aliens that I thought was really cool. We wanted to maintain some mystery and surprises with our creature."
Cowboys & Aliens is an upcoming 2011 American science fiction Western film starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film, directed by Jon Favreau, is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Cowboys & Aliens is scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2011.
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