April 24, 2010

Ridley Scott lets us in on a few details about his 'Alien' prequel!

Coming Soon has the details:

Now that Ridley Scott is on the press circuit to talk about Robin Hood, Alien prequel talk is resurfacing. And it's no longer just a pipe dream. Scott says it's happening - a visual palette is being designed, concept art is being hashed out and a script is being finalized. But what's it about? Here are excerpts from MTV's interview.

"It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair ... Our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says "There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?" I'm basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I'm explaining who the space jockeys were ... [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life."

Scott says he'll be approaching H.R. Giger to talk creature designs in an effort to create something new because he feels, "The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out." Very interesting.

Dark Horse Comics explored the whole "Space Jockey" story long ago.

Also, sources tell ShockTillYouDrop.com that by the time the Fox Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set comes along at the end of this year, we could very well see a "sneak peek" of Scott's Alien prequel!

-It sounds interesting, but he also said in Collider here that the film will be shot in 3D, so there's that...thoughts?


  1. And in a new story, Ridley Scott wants to make 2 prequels to Alien....http://www.collider.com/2010/04/23/ridley-scott-confirms-alien-prequel-will-be-shot-in-3d/

  2. I absolutely love the Alien franchise, but am disappointed if there's no Ripley!!!

  3. Same here, but this seems to not fit having her, so I can deal.

  4. I can certainly see why it doesn't fit for her character, but I just love having her in another Alien film. But I can accept it. Maybe like in the Silence of the Lambs prequel Red Dragon where Clarice Starling shows up to interview Hannibal Lecter at the end, Ripley may come in at the end of this film? A man can hope!!!! :-)

  5. I'm worried. Ridley hasn't been in top form of late and Robin Hood is getting not so good reviews. This feels like a bad idea.

  6. I'm not expecting much, but we'll see...

  7. I was going to complain about this, but Joey Ernand from The Latino Review articulated my frustrations better than I could:

    "...the entire prequel being based around a dead body that we saw in one scene in the original is 'fresh?' Do we really need that tidbit of information filled in? The discovery of that ship and its murdered passengers effectively set up the Aliens as scary monsters - wasn't that the sole purpose of that scene in that story? What does actually seeing HOW that crew died add to Alien?

    I hate when they retroactively try to build in a back story that was never meant to be elaborated on in the first place. You know what this reminds me of? That Texas Chainsaw prequel we got a few years back. You know, the one that was exactly like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, except we saw how Leatherface got his mask. The one that was a prequel for about ten minutes before it just became a story about that crazy family killing a bunch of teens. Again. The only difference being no one survived.

    I'm as tired of complaining about these prequels and remakes and reboots as much as you are tired of reading about said complaints from everyone on the Internet. But I seriously cannot find any creative merit in this idea whatsoever. Isn't a prequel supposed to add layers to the film that spawned it, to somehow make the original movie better? How is this prequel gonna benefit Alien? THE WHOLE CREW DIES...JUST LIKE THE WHOLE CREW (except for Ripley, of course) DIES IN ALIEN! It's the same story! And none of the characters are even connected, thus making the prequel self-contained!

    Ultimately, what's the point? Even another sequel makes more sense, set somewhere beyond Alien 4 with entirely new characters. Sigh. Hey, here's an idea. You know that horse whose head was cut off in the Godfather? What was that horse's story? Let's make a prequel!"

    Amen, brother.

  8. I'd read that, and agreed.

    That being said, as long as it's better than AvP, I'll be happy...

  9. Actually I'd go and see a film about that horse's head!