Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien) recently talked a little bit about the prequel to Alien he's attached to direct. Why come back to the film that made him a phenomenon thirty years ago? What can we expect to see?
Scott stated that the screenplay is being written, and that he's taking a different approach to the prequel than was assumed:
"It’s a brand new box of tricks,” said Sir Ridley. “We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior."
That gives us a time frame, if not a concept or a story. Seems Scott is keeping his cards very close to the chest at this point:
Presumably, rather than make a film about how those massive elephantine aliens (remember the giant pilot with his chest blown outwards in Sir Ridley’s original?) were decimated by the acid-blooded bastards, Sir Ridley and his writer, Jon Spaihts, have decided to reboot the story in an attempt to give it a human focus.
The rumor that the prequel was going to be mostly about a bunch of humongous aliens that get taken over by the xenomorphs was kind of cool, but it's not surprising that the main focus of the film will involve humans.
It's probably unlikely that Sigourney Weaver will be involved with the prequel, if only because she wouldn't have been alive when it takes place. But you never know. Timelines have gotten pretty crazy in the series so far.
One way or another, it's just reassuring to know that Ridley Scott is directing this, and not some new comer. The Alien franchise has a lot to overcome after the disastrous Alien vs. Predator films.
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