Some Alien news out of TIFF! Paris-based Indie Sales Company has acquired the documentary MEMORY — THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, which reveals the exclusive untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece Alien.

Director Alexandre O. Philippe and the producer Exhibit A Pictures are well-known for their 2017 Sundance hit documentary 78/52: HITCHCOCK’S SHOWER SCENE, the first and only documentary ever made about a single scene, as well as DOC OF THE DEAD (SXSW 2014) and THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS (SXSW 2010). 78/52 sold around the world to IFC Midnight, Dogwoof, Netflix, Hulu, and ARTE among many others.


Shot in 4k resolution in Los Angeles, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, London, and Toronto, and driven by interviews of the film’s cast and crew, as well as relatives of creators Dan O’Bannon (writer) and H.R. Giger (designer), MEMORY will exclusively reveal never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger archives, including a treasure trove of original story notes, drawings, designs, behind-the-scenes footage… and the Holy Grail for ALIEN fans… O’Bannon’s original 29 page script from 1971, itself titled MEMORY.

Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales CEO & co-founder, says

“It’s better than a kid’s dream to handle this one-of-a-kind documentary about Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, which contributed to shape our contemporary pop culture. Alexandre’s talent to grasp the essence of a reference film like PSYCHO has already been praised with his brilliant 78/52. We are convinced that MEMORY will deliver a revealing and wholly original take on one of Hollywood’s most beloved and iconic shockers, and will not only win the hearts of hardcore fans and cinephiles, but also intrigue and fascinate general audiences around the world”.


Kerry Deignan Roy, producer at Exhibit A Pictures, says “We are delighted to partner with the Indies Sales team which has not only believed in this film from its earliest stages, but understands the scope and ambition of this project as a follow-up to 78/52.”

“MEMORY is, full-on, a mythological deep dive into one of the films that influenced me to become a filmmaker, and a long-overdue tribute to its creator and writer Dan O’Bannon,” says Alexandre O. Philippe. “After the success of 78/52, we have pushed the envelope structurally, sonically, and visually, to deliver our most daring and original film-on-film to date; and I am thrilled to partner with Indie Sales to let it burst out onto the screen in 2019.”

Produced by Exhibit A Pictures, co-produced by Screen Division and Milkhaus, and executive produced by Diane O’Bannon, Carmen Giger and Leslie Barany. Memory will premiere in early 2019.

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