Ridley Scott Finally Reveals Details on His New Alien Prequel
Although we've heard a few bits and pieces about Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi (and space) by way of a new Alien prequel, we still don't know much about. However, it was inevitable that one day the details would all be revealed, and today's the day. MTV talked with Ridley Scott recently and got some good updates out of him about the status and what to expect. "It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better… But we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film." Read on!
As for the story, since that's what everyone wants to hear, Ridley unveils the basic premise of the prequel:
"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. Remember that?"
"And 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."
Yes! That's actually one part of the Alien mythology that I've been hoping they'd one day explore, so that's perfectly fine by me! As for whether or not he'll be bringing back the legendary H.R. Giger to design sets and other elements, Ridley seems hopeful. "Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we'll certainly talk. And maybe we'll come up with something completely different." I can't tell you how great it is to have the man who started it all, Sir Ridley Scott, leading this prequel into development. When can we expect to see it? "We're hoping to have it in theaters in late 2011, or maybe the best date in 2012." Bring it on! Head over to MTV to read the full interview packed with a bit more info. Excited yet?