The sparse title work for Ridley Scott’s 1979 hit Alien helped set the stage for the horror classic, but that intro could’ve looked a whole lot different.
The title was put together by illustrator Michael Doret, and is heavily influenced by the H.R. Giger alien designs from the film itself. It’s a bit out there, which is probably part of the reason it didn’t make it much further past the project’s early development, but it’s still a fascinating peek into the history of one of the most iconic films in genre history.
Here’s what Doret said in a post about the design:
"The title treatment I designed for Ridley Scott’s Alien never made it into the public arena. It had some small promotional uses before it was run over by the Bill Gold Advertising machine and relegated to the back burner. At any rate, this was great fun to have worked on—the more so since I was able to work on it with my friend (the now famous “pop-surrealist”) Todd Schorr. I designed and drew the forms based on the 'bio-mechanical' forms I saw in some publicity stills from the production, and Todd painted the absolutely gorgeous finished art."
Check out the unused design above, and the film’s actual title design below. Which do you like better?