‘Alien’ turns 40 with anniversary short film series

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Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's hard to believe that Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film Alien turns 40 this year, but to mark the occasion, 20th Century Fox is launching the Alien Anniversary Shorts, a series of six short films from new filmmakers set in the Alien universe, which will debut on IGN.

The filmmakers were chosen from over 550 submissions, IGN reports, and the films will roll out every Friday starting on March 29. Here's the list of films and their descriptions from IGN:

March 29thALIEN: Containment: Four survivors stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space try to make sense of the outbreak that led to their ship's destruction.

April 5th: ALIEN: Specimen: An off-world botanist attempts to contain suspicious soil samples, but finds herself trapped in a game of cat-and-mouse with an escaped alien.

April 12th: ALIEN: Night Shift: A missing space trucker re-emerges hungover and disoriented, but as his condition worsens, an off-world colony supply worker has to figure out how to help him.

April 19th: ALIEN: Ore: During her shift, a miner on an alien planet finds a colleague dead under mysterious circumstances, and must decide to either escape, or fight for her family's safety.

April 26th: ALIEN: Harvest: The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester try to evacuate, but are terrorized by a creature hiding in the shadows.

April 26th: ALIEN: Alone:  A crew member abandoned on a broken-down spaceship struggles to keep it and herself going as she searches for human life.

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