Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report is a 2014 fictional technical guide to the species known as Xenomorph XX121 and its historical interactions with mankind, written by S. D. Perry and published by Insight Editions. The book was previewed at New York Comic-Con 2013. It was released on October 30, 2014 in France and November 14, 2014 in Spain, but did not see an English-language release until May 2015, and even then only as a special Collector's Edition. A cheaper standard English version was published on April 26, 2016, as part of Alien Day.
The book is a fictional overview of mankind's interaction with the Xenomorph as portrayed in the films of the Alien franchise, and also covers the events of Prometheus. It helps to build upon the details of the film series, expanding on the characters and events shown therein, and includes numerous digital renderings of the Xenomorph, as well as recreations of in-universe artifacts and documents.
Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report utilizes exclusive illustrations and over thirty-five years of Alien movie concept art and film stills to explore the nature of the Xenomorph in unparalleled detail. Told from the point of view of the nefarious Weyland-Yutani Corporation, the book features extensive information on the characters, locations, vehicles and weapons from the movies, along with an in-depth breakdown of the Xenomorph's formidable abilities. Covering all aspects of this hugely popular saga's history, Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report is the ultimate book for Xenomorph fans.
The book is written in the form of an in-universe report published by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and primarily provides detailed information on the life-cycle of the Xenomorph and an overview of historical encounters with the organism, as seen in the films of the Alien franchise. Additionally, the book features a host of other information on the world of Alien, including insights into the history of the universe and, in particular, Weyland-Yutani, breakdowns of the weapons and equipment seen in the series, and additional backstory on the characters and events of the films. The book focuses on the Alien films and Prometheus — the events of the Alien vs. Predator franchise are totally ignored — but also makes oblique references to the novels Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, as well as the video game Alien: Isolation.
The book contains many specially-commissioned illustrations, with over 30 original digital renderings of the Xenomorph and its various forms by expert Markus Pansegrau, along with ten technical illustrations by Alien tech expert John R. Mullaney, including cutaways of the dropship, APC, and uniquely detailed artwork of the Nostromo and Sulaco, as well as iconic weapons such as the Pulse Rifle and Smartgun. Alongside these images, the book includes reproductions of in-universe documents and items, including:
- A report from Joan Lambert on breaking quarantine by allowing Kane and the Facehugger back on board the Nostromo
- A medical report on Facehugger victim Marachuk, John J.
- Communiqué from Burke to Weyland-Yutani regarding his plans for impregnating Ripley and Newt
- Corporal Hicks' final status report
- A copy of Robert Morse's fictional book Space Beast
- A debrief report from USM Auriga survivor Y. Bose
The report draws on over thirty years' worth of Alien movie concept art, production design art, film stills and other visual assets, and for the first time directly links the events of Prometheus with the Alien films.
As well as the standard edition, the book was also published as a deluxe Collectors' Edition, featuring numerous additional insert items and an exclusive sculpted slipcase created by renowned collectibles sculptor Patrick Pigott and colored by ex-Industrial Light & Magic artist Don Bies. The Collectors' Edition was released through Sideshow Collectibles in May 2015, almost a year before the standard English version.
The exclusive inserts and removable items packaged with the Collectors' Edition include:
- An acetate of Ash's initial findings on the Facehugger
- A charred letter written by Janek shortly after landing on LV-223
- Veterinarian report on Jones the cat
- An acetate chest X-ray showing the development of Kane's Chestburster
- An acetate of Burke's directive to Hadley's Hope asking them to investigate the derelict co-ordinates
- Private Hudson's discharge papers
- Rebecca Jorden's first grade progress report
- A Bug Stomper nose art sticker
- An acetate of Andrews' report on the EEV crash
- Extracts from Dr. Gediman's journal
- A replica of Carter J. Burke's communication card
The book was first previewed at New York Comic-Con 2013. At booth #1134 during the event, an approximately 4"x 6" promotional card was given out, giving a summary of the book's content on the rear. The card also contained additional details on the book, including the publisher and number of pages.
- In-universe, the report is said to have been written several months after the USM Auriga crashes into Earth, before the Weyland-Yutani Corporation returns as a serious global power (as described in the novel Alien: Sea of Sorrows).
- The book reveals for the first time the full names of several characters in the film series that were previously only known by a single name. Following the precedent set with the Colonial Marines in Aliens, many of these expanded names are shared with the actor/actress who played the character.
- In initial printings of the report, the bio for Vriess on the Betty crew page incorrectly stated that he died on the Auriga, when clearly he did not. Later versions correct this.
- Alien: Isolation is notably the only video game from the Alien franchise to be referenced in the Weyland-Yutani Report, which otherwise focuses exclusively on the events of the films and ignores the plots of the games, including the supposedly canonical Aliens: Colonial Marines (likely due to the latter's highly negative reception and/or a notable number of plot holes that plagued the game's story).
- The timeline presented near the beginning of the book states that the company was founded when Weyland Corp absorbed the Yutani Corporation. However, the novel Alien: Covenant - Origins later revealed this to be inaccurate — it was in fact Yutani's founder, Hideo Yutani, that oversaw a hostile takeover of Weyland Corp. Since the Weyland-Yutani Report is written from an in-universe perspective by Weyland-Yutani, it could be theorized that the report is based on inaccurate information or has been deliberately written to present a false narrative for reasons unknown.
- The book unfortunately gets the size of both LV-426 and LV-223 wrong, scaling both planets down by a factor of ten.
- Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual — A similar technical guide about the United States Colonial Marine Corps.
- Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual — A similar technical guide about combating the Xenomorph.
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