Disney is unleashing an out-of-this-world surprise next year: a children’s book inspired by the spine-chilling Alien film franchise. In Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien, the crew of the spacecraft Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a planet and investigates, only to be attacked and invaded by an alien. This movie spawned a franchise, including five other films, as well as the career of actor Sigourney Weaver. Now it’s being adapted into a children’s book with the assistance of Little Golden Books and Penguin Random House.
The Alien children’s book is advertised as a fun retelling of the film. It features Ripley (Weaver’s character) and the Nostromo crew introducing the alphabet from A to Z with illustrations.
Scheduled for release on July 9, 2024, the book A Is for Alien: An ABC Book caters to a wide audience. According to Amazon, it is suitable for children aged 2 to 5, fans of the Alien films, and Little Golden Book collectors of all ages. Preorders are now available for $5.99 for both the Kindle and hardback versions.
When news of the Alien children’s book dropped on X (formerly Twitter), film fans had mixed reactions. The traditionally horror-centric sci-fi franchise does not lend itself to being a book for young kids. “How kid-friendly can it be?” one confused fan asked. “D is for Dismemberment…”, another fan quipped.
Little Golden Books, founded in 1942, revolutionized children’s publishing with high-quality picture books. Today, the imprint offers a diverse collection of storybooks featuring beloved characters from Disney, Nickelodeon, Barbie, and Sesame Street. Notably, other iconic movie franchises like Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have also received the Little Golden Book treatment in the past.
The ‘Alien’ Children’s Book is Part of a Big Upcoming Year for the Franchise
In 2019, Disney bought 20th Century Studios, which itself owned the Alien franchise. Next year, the franchise will celebrate its 45th anniversary. In 2024, fans can look forward to not only the release of the children’s Little Golden Book but also the next movie entry, Alien: Romulus. This new sequel, set to hit theaters on August 16, 2024, will be the first since the 2017 release of Alien: Covenant.
FX on Hulu is set to launch an upcoming live-action television series based on the iconic Alien franchise. However, fans will have to exercise patience. The show’s creator Noah Hawley (Fargo) recently hinted that the show won’t drop until the first half of 2025.
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