Alien: Resurgence director Jean-Pierre Jeunet looks back on how the wild sequel was made
Alien: Resurgence director Jean-Pierre Jeunet recalls making the film with JoBlo’s own Tyler Nichols – Exclusive
Alien and Aliens two of the most acclaimed and popular sci-fi horror films ever made … The 1997 installment is one of the most popular entries in the franchise Alien: Resurrection (see it HERE), which turned some fans off with its wild and strange tone and crazy comments. Decades down the line, Alien: Resurrection director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is currently making the press rounds to promote a theatrical re-release of the wildly popular 2001 romantic comedy Amélieand JoBlo’s own Tyler Nichols took the opportunity to ask him about how it was done Alien sequel. Here’s how it went:
Tyler Nicholls: I’m also a huge horror fan, so I have to ask you about your work on it Alien: Resurrection. Because I still think about the underwater series when I go into any water. So what was it like taking on the world of science fiction on such a large scale?
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Ah, yes… at the very beginning, I thought they would fire me after two weeks because I didn’t speak English at that time. You know, I had a translator the whole time. They gave me the freedom, believe me or not, I think today that could not be possible. But at this time they gave me almost complete freedom. Of course it wasn’t easy because he was on set every day: ‘It’s too expensive. You have to cut. You must go faster!’ You know, it’s a weird, weird role. In the end, I was very happy and made an art film. I read that many Americans hate my face because they [say it’s too] European, you know, too much humor and I’m very happy about that. But thank you. They let me make a personal film. Matthew Kassovitz, the actor from Amélie (and Alien: Resurrection), he told me when he saw Alien. He said to me, ‘This is a Jean Pierre Jeunet film but with immigrants in it.’ But 20th Century Fox was very brave to give the freedom to a beginner – almost a beginner director with no English.
It’s good to know that Jeunet has a good perspective on the whole thing, because I’ve always liked him Alien: Resurrectiona combination of sci-fi horror elements with a subtle, comic adventure tone.
Written by Joss Whedon, the film has the following synopsis: The saga continues 200 years after Ripley sacrificed herself for the sake of humanity. Her employers are long gone, this time it’s the weapon that resurrects the one-woman killing machine through genetic cloning to bring out the alien from within… The then the monsters will flee. Now Ripley must decide where her loyalties lie.
Sigourney Weaver reprises the role of Ripley and is joined in the cast by Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya, JE Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, and Leland Orser.
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