Carl Rinsch Confirmed as Director for Fox's Alien Prequel
A few days back, news started to spread across the web that Carl Rinsch, a commercials and music video director for Scott Free Productions, had been hired to take over the Alien franchise for a reboot. It was initially reported as a rumor, but Collider caught up with Tony Scott this weekend and received some official confirmation. "Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien," Scott told them. "I'm excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family." It's great to hear that Rinsch is confirmed, but it's also interesting to hear him call it a prequel, not a sequel or reboot or remake. How about that?
This isn't the only sci-fi that is getting rebooted by way of a prequel - John Carpenter's The Thing has a prequel in development as well. As was reported previously, this prequel will go back to only having one alien, not multiples, which was the same for Ridley Scott's original movie. But where can they go with this? How far back can they go? As far as I remember, that first movie was the first time any human encountered them. I'd love to see the story about how that U-shaped spaceship crashed on the planet (see above), but that wouldn't have any humans in it. When can we expect this to shoot? "Hopefully the end of the year."