When the cult feature film “Alien: Covenant” premieres Friday in theaters around the nation, it will showcase some surprising stars from right here in Savannah.
A fleet of more than 20 JCB machines – skid steer loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and JS excavators - were supplied to 20th Century Fox for the making of the new film, the sixth in the popular “Alien” franchise.
British film director and producer Ridley Scott wrapped the big yellow machines in gold to give them a futuristic look for the film, which is set 100 years in the future and features actors Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston.
“This is one of the highest-profile film projects in JCB’s history, involving approximately $1.3 million worth of machines,” said Michael Plummer, JCB’s Worldwide Marketing Director. “Ridley Scott’s idea to wrap the machines in gold delivered a stunning result and is certainly an eye-catching addition to a film which will be seen by millions of people around the world.”
The Savannah-made machines – which appear in the film’s finale – arrived at the movie set in Sydney with the help of JCB dealer Construction Equipment Australia. The dealer also provided film makers with six JCB generators for additional on-site power.
The equipment is used in the so-called “terraforming bay,” an area that alters the environment to make it capable of supporting terrestrial life.
JCB is a privately-owned, global company that manufactures over 300 different machines from 22 plants on four continents including the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and the United States. Equipment lines offered include: backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, excavators, wheel loaders, rough terrain forklifts, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, compaction equipment and the unique Fastrac tractor.
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