It's Official - Ridley Scott is Directing the Alien Prequel!
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2009
Can you believe it? I'm not sure if I still do! Variety is reporting that Ridley Scott is officially attached to return as the director of an Alien prequel being written by newcomer Jon Spaihts. Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free Production, who will also produce the film. The story is being setup to precede Ridley's 1979 film, but as for what exactly will take place, those details are being kept under wraps at the moment. Spaihts has been the "go-to-guy" in Hollywood for space thrillers, but his work hasn't hit the big screen yet. Let's hope it's good, because no one wants a repeat of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
I find it very interesting that instead of continuing on the Alien franchise with more sequels or spin-offs (like Alien vs Predator), Fox is simply just flipping sides, and going the opposite direction with a prequel next instead. However, it is exceptional news to know that Ridley Scott is on-board. As a crash course on the original Alien, it was made for only $11 million in 1979 and there was only one alien in it. Oh, how times have changed! As long as Scott can do the same thing all over again some 30 years later, I'm all for it. Let's not forget that Scott and Sigourney Weaver have some interesting ideas for Ellen Ripley. Are you excited?