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Alien Prequel Going 3-D and a New Trilogy on the Horizon?

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March 5, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

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Honestly, it was inevitable that we'd hear this sooner or later, since everything under the sun is going into the third dimension, but ShadowLocked (via SlashFilm) caught up with art director Roger Christian and their conversation turned to the Ridley Scott directed Alien prequel, in which Christian revealed: "Ridley's doing the next Alien in 3D." So acid spit and chest splitting aliens will be flying right at our faces in the next new installment. But even if you hate 3-D, try to have an open mind, because Christian believes that Ridley might be able to deliver another trilogy, even though Christian isn't officially attached to work on this yet.

ShadowLocked asked Christian if he thought Ridley could actually bring back the Alien franchise from the mediocre turn it took towards the tail-end (not to mention the awful AVP movies) and his answer hints at the possibility, albeit a somewhat unlikely and fanciful one, that there might be a new trilogy in the works:

"Ridley told me some of his ideas when we were here in Toronto. He has a very clear understanding of where this should go. They kind of stopped dead one of the greatest horror franchises there's ever been, and it had legs to go on. So I'm hoping he'll revive another three. The world certainly wants it, and the fans want it - everybody."

This isn't just an art director hoping and wanting more guaranteed work, because apparently Christian isn't yet on-board for the prequel, but he did chat with Ridley, and it seems like a reunion for both is on the way:

"I actually met [with] Ridley here at the film festival. We had a chat to catch up, and he was going on about how much I'd 'got it' on the first one. I guess that's because of 'Star Wars,' where I had a trained crew with me… and we learnt [sic] how to do it. It's not a technique that's easy to do - it's something I'd learnt. So [Scott] kept saying how I was the one responsible, really."

A little self-congratulatory, but what else can you say about the guy who helped bring the original brilliant space horror to life. It'd be fantastic to see Christian working again with Ridley and reviving an all-new Alien franchise, as long as it stays closer to the original two than any of the later films. It's hard to believe I'm excited about this kind of reboot/revival, but it helps immensely that Ridley will be back with the franchise that he launched in 1979. Hopefully we'll see this prequel come together sooner than later, as Ridley has a whole bunch of projects on his plate and no one knows if he's planning to do this, or something else, next.

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  • People's Champ
    I think it's going to be a few years before they start on this. And hopefully by then, 3D has ran it's course. I think thats why they even greenlight a movie, so they can make 3 of them. But the bottom line is... I cant Fu@kin wait! Love the movies (minus the 3rd)
  • Xerxex
    god enough with 3-D already.
  • TediusTed
    Enuff of the 3D already! Oy!
  • mgazo
    people can say what they want about the 3rd film. i am not alone when i say i love it ---for the cinematography alone. it changed movies forever. fincher is so overlooked directing this film., and the city of lost children...ie part 4 doesn't suck. 3-d--- i could care less. even if you don't like whats happening, respect the process.
  • I'd love to see Aliens versus ninjas in 4d.
  • Shige
    Fuck off with your 3-D hollywood.
  • movie mike
    What a suprise! Another one! and isn't that art director the director of battlefield earth?
  • almartva
    I think is great to see the original director of franchise to take another stab at it. just like George Miller and Mad Max. It's kinda funny seeing all these guys hate on 3d, nothing but hipsters if you ask me. You guys are starting to sound like those republican teabaggers.
  • Voice of Reason
    Im more tired of drawn out trilogy's than I am of 3-D....
  • Cineprog
    I still think that Aliens was better than Alien, hope that if Ridley scott is going to reboot the franchise for Alien that the story was in the same sort of style has that was Aliens with plenty of action.
  • subcelsious5g
    hey i liked battlefield earth :(
  • Jake the snake
    Trolls
  • YK
    3D is rubbish, but I'll take more Alien movies any way I can get them. Especially with Scott at the helm.
  • bozo
    No. Seriously. 3D blows. Also, lack of space marines blows.
  • livingword
    Hollywood lets do Short Circuit, Honey I shrunk the kids and Legally Blond in 3-D as well
  • Xerxex
    #4 "Respect the process?" why respect it? it adds nothing, and detracts everything.
  • Xerxex
    In the words of Christian Bale: "Hey its fucking distracting!"
  • Phontsolo
    I agree with you mgazo. Aliens 3 did NOT suck. I agree with you about the cinematography and David Fincher. The acting was solid. All the survivors of Aliens got killed except Ripley! That was shocking and unexpected and i loved it! People over look this film in the franchise and i have no idea why. Just because it only had one Alien in it and no space marines? That's why it sucks? Having Ridley Scott and the original art director back to create these new Alien films is by far the best thing that could have ever happened to this franchise and i can't wait! Even if it will be in 3D. Bring it!!
  • Dennis Nedry
    Alien....IN 3D?! NEW TRILOGY?! EEEEEEHH AH HA! Fetch the stick, stupid.
  • Have Hope
    #17 HHAHAHAHAHAH It's the new Hollywood gimmick just like with remakes. I think the next will be...the THIRTY DOLLAR ticket
  • Private Hudson
    3D, Not 3D... Guess what? WHO CARES. Know why? Because they will do it, or won't, whether you like it or not, it's Hollywood... you think a handful of internet movie buff nerds are going to stop the change? And besides, they wouldn't be doing it in such a grand fashion if the majority of the population hasn't, in general, accepted it and given it an overall positive response. I'm not saying it belongs in every movie (i.e. Precious, WTF?), but they wouldn't do it on such a large scale if it wasn't viable financially, and thus we have no one to blame but OURSELVES because we are the viewers and they react to our responses. After Avatar, can you expect any other logical move from Hollywood? No! They want to make money, and that obviously isn't OUR most important focus as the viewers, but once again... what did you expect? P.S. Alien 3 sucked. You're crazy if you think otherwise, and I'm not saying it was Fincher's fault, but looking at it in relativity terms... You can't follow up Alien and Aliens with that, it don't fly boy.
  • Governor
    Didn't Scott once refuse to do an Alien sequel? Shame.
  • ryderup
    The Alien universe (the one Scott designed) is to classy for 3D - it would be like Finhcer directing a sequal to Seven in 3D.
  • guess they don't like the cornbread either
    Yeah you can argue about alien 3, and if it was a standalone it would have been great, but as the third act in a trilogy and following the suspense masterpiece horror of the first and then the sci fi acion to end all sci fi action movies that was the the second, it really blew. All it did in terms of plot was rehash the first one and put ripley against one alien with no weapons, which had already been done. That and killed off the remaining characters from the greatest space marine team ever seen in film. Two steps forward, then a giant shot in the face. They shoulda gone to the space station as seen in William Gibson's script. http://home.online.no/~bhundlan/scripts/alien3/gibson.htm Alas, they ruined a perfect horor franchise, and made it descend into b grade crap that no true fans could ever like. cinematic tragedy. At least now with Ridley scott we'll get something watchable, even if it doesn't live up to it's past greatness. Still good news, couldn't care less about 3d or not 3d.....
  • It's about time! I can't wait for this to come out! All Aliens movies were ground breaking and revolutionized the Art of Cinema when they came out. I really hope Ridley Scott does this movie! It wouldn't be the same if he didn't
  • Xerxex
    #21 um you won't change the major 3-D hate consensus so don't bother.
  • Private Hudson
    No where did I say I was trying to change anything, simply pointing out how it was the most predictable move and you shouldn't be so surprised Mr.Xerxes. Ohhhh, that feels so super good... Oh, and also point out how whining on the internet about this format change is quite redundant for one obvious reason: you can still watch it in 2D if the 3D version bothers and itches your vagina that much. Plus, your anonymous lamenting wont change jack, as I don't believe you (along with the other 176 internet-loving-basement-dwellers) qualify as a "major hate consensus". Peace.
  • DEADPOOL 72
    excellent news.
  • And pretty boys all in a row, in a row…
    I want to see the Jonas Brothers - all three of them - chest's explode when the baby aliens come out.
  • Roddy 666
    Let's see, Sam (Cheesemeister) Worthington as Ripley, Hicks, Alien, Newt, Newt's Dad, and.........a dropship.
  • SPAM LEGEND
    Sam Worthington as the Jonas Brothers!
  • ryderup
    Aliens was a slap in the face on Alien. Alien3 was return to form. Alien4 was just visuals but empty inside. I think Aliens is one of the most overrated movies ever, its damn ugly, bad acted and B-film looking that film. Compare its cheap look and design to the first one. My good its bad.
  • Xerxex
    Ptivate Hudson as you can see there is an X on the end of Xerxex it has nothing to do with Xerxes, I guess that felt good to me? no? maybe not. Just because the gimmick known as 3-D is avaible does not mean it needs to go that way, its a distraction, and adds nothing. 2-D is the way to go, 3-D is a pain in my vagina, also I never claimed every basement dweller hates 3-D the majoriy of users on this site do, me inluded actually I have a stronger hate than others and that's my prerogative. As for your insult well I gotta say you are doing the same, assuming your opinion holds more steam than mine, so point that judmental finger back at you internet loving face. Thanks for playing. Later.
  • Lando Calrizzle is a system not a man
    Funny enough, I just saw Alien for the first time in years (it was on Turner classics of all places!!) and was blown away! I had to go and rewatch Aliens and it was fun, definitely a summer popcorn action flic but not as strong as Alien..then I had to watch the third one and I think it worked well! there was nothing really new added but the desperation was real and a good twist to anticipation and suspense.. the fourth one..I didnt rewatch, but I remember being torn when I did see it in the theaters. On one hand it had some great ideas, but on the other..some weak ideas too.. aliens vs predators just plain sucked. both of them...I wanted my money back!
  • JussHaten
    I dont understand all of the 3D hatred. I care more about the story and the characters. I hope they dont fuck this up like the rest of the remakes I've seen lately. I'm kind of excited to see how the xenomorph will look 30 years later. We can only hope they take NOTHING from that AVP garbage!
  • Xerxex
    #35 JussHaten I hate it because it adds nothing, its a distraction from the stroy and takes you out of the film IMO. I see it as a waste of time and money, I would perfer to see a film where the scenery does not pop out of the screen.
  • Private Hudson
    2D is still there and you can enjoy it for any movie that you think 3D is ruining. Stop defending your point in regards to the quality of film-making, or lack thereof, that 2D/3D allows, when my point was clearly in regards to the fact that, as a business venture, the move is being made and you should learn to "deal with it". "Dealing with it" comes in the form of still viewing your much anticipated movies in 2D, as they will still be released in this form, and to shut the fuck up. Live with it, stop complaining and talking empty words that don't do anything. You can argue freedom of speech if you'd like, but in this particular instance i'll ask again, what change will it enact? The answer ladies and gentlemen, is none. The tiniest relief of your itch in the vaginal area at most. Oh, and that guy talking about Alien3 over Aliens... wow, wont even dignify that with any sort of response short of, "i want what you're smoking." Pccc
  • Lando
    I can agree with some of that argument. If you watch Avatar as a 2d film, you realize just how flat it is as a MOVIE, Watch it in Imax3d and its a fun immersive experience, still a weak story, but visually distracting enough not to notice. $ drives the entertainment business. Thats all it comes down to. 3d will be around for a while and its true, you dont HAVE to watch it, and a good director will still make a good movie regardless of the "Gimmicks" or "enhancements" available to him/her. (Look at how Vitaphone changed it all! lol)
  • SPAM LEGEND
    @ 30 Funny LOL!!!
  • WaNkFiSt
    Avatar was good in 3D because it distracted most people from how crap an actor Sam Worthington, and quite a few of the cast, really are. Sure, Cameron saved big bucks by hiring no-talents and unkowns but with a few more big names and a better though out screenplay he may even he walked away with what his ex got instead. Still, money got made and everyone got paid and thats the main point, isn't it?
  • Bob
    They should use Jabba the Hutt for the new alien, big bloated thing he was, or..... Just use Russell Crowe.
  • cafenitro
    Nobody is making you see a movie in 3D. Stop all this Luddite whining and see the movie in 2D. If people didn't want 3D movies the damn things wouldn't be so much more popular than 2D.
  • I love the ideea of a sequel or prequel for the Alien Movies as i do for the Predators univers wich they share, there is a lot of potential for this univers ( see new alien speacies, planets in the new 2010 Predators movie), but i realy hate the 3D idea, i do not need specialy created sceens that spray me with acid or blood, or stupid gears or metal pcs flieng thourds me, I much more like the efect on a 2D space ship wall blood or acide wise :-). I love the Aliens Univers and i wold like much more theat they capture the fealing and the visuals of the first movies, stay true to the stories and capture our imagination, leting us want more and more from this beutifuly designed tehnolology and biologicly based stories. We want more old ships with rust , dark coridors with acid driping holes and cool new planets theat will capture our imagination keeping the story evolving to something verry cool.
  • Fallowt
    No 3-D! Save it for those annoying CG kid's films. Alien 3 sucked like a black hole. I try very hard to forget it was ever made. The story sucked, the monster sucked, the end sucked. I like it when the good guys win, even if it's just a few, but NO ONE made it in that suck-fest. Makes the whole ALIENS movie pretty much a "why bother?" when you know everyone is toast despite all their efforts to survive. That's like "The Thing" prequel they are making. You know from the first movie that no one will survive. And screw you guys with your "You don't have to watch it" attitude. I also don't have to like watching what could have been a great franchise (and one of my personal favorites) go any further down the tubes because of the whole stupid 3-D trend. Tell me ONE 3-D movie that has both quality acting and a decent storyline. It doesn't exist. I don't care what most people seem to want, keep moviemaking traditional and skip the 3-D. Just because you CAN do a thing doesn't mean you MUST, or SHOULD.
    • Gotohell
      Go to hell. 3-D is awesome. Imagine face huggers jumping at your face! And once you see that fun experience in the theater, you can buy the no 3-D version so you dont have to wear dorky glasses in front of your mom and dad.
  • Fallowt
    I don't know who you are Private Hudson, but you're about a fucking asshole (see above)
  • Scifenefics
    I hate 3D, honestly its shit, i like to look at whatever part of the image i want. not whats in focus.. so annoying. and glasses.. oober annoying.

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