Ridley Scott Talks More About His Upcoming 'Alien' Prequels

September 3, 2010
Source: The Independent

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We've heard iconic director Ridley Scott talk about his upcoming Alien prequel films (at least two of them remember?) many, many times over the last few years, but we still haven't seen any major progress on either of them (does anyone know when they're going to start shooting?). Although we still don't have any new info in that regard, The Independent (via ComingSoon) recently talked with Scott and got more quotes from him about what we can expect and the ideas/questions the movies will be addressing. It's not much, but it is a bit more about the Alien prequels, which is always good, and it sounds like exactly what I want to see in these.

Set 30 years before the 1979 original, so with no room for Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the prequels will explore the origins of the deadly aliens. "The film will be really tough, really nasty," he notes. "It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

As we know, the prequels will be about the "space jockey" guy seen in the chair from the first movie. We also know Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is currently writing the script and it's supposed to be one of Scott's next projects, but who really knows. Ridley seems inspired by James Cameron's success with Avatar. "Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it," he says. "He's not going to get away with it." Considering not many people actually liked Robin Hood, which only made $105 million at the box office, and Cameron's Avatar is now the highest grossing movie of all time, I think he did get away with it. But these Alien prequels will give Ridley a chance to prove himself again and I really hope they're damn good. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  • David Banner
    Looking forward to this, just wish there was some more info, but then: nowadays we see the whole movie in a trailer, so the suspense might be good :)
  • Xerxex
    Sounds good, can only go two ways: awesom or suck. Scott won't let us fans down!
  • Jericho
    i still want to watch these so i hope they will be good
  • beavis
    i was totally hooked until i heard Damon Lindoff was writing the script...........hopefully RS can work around Lindoffs incompetance.
  • Lindelof is a genious, Cowboys and Aliens looks pretty sick and Lost is one of the best sci fi shows of all time. ...I don't know why you'd spew such hate towards him beavis.
    I really hope they're good. I actually really like "Robin Hood", although "Body of Lies" was a mess... I don't think they're about the Space Jockey. I know the race of the space jockeys will be in it, but I don't think they'll be front and center, this is still a human story first and foremost.
  • tEDDY bESS
    I guess changing up the storyline is good, but I mean, who of us is really excited to see the Space Jockey? I liked the idea that it was kinda like a mystery. Not sure if I really need to know where he came from, etc. I dunno. I'm still on the fence with this one. Scott hasn't made a good movie in years.
  • SV7
    It's another freaking Alien film. Until its release, there will be no film I'm looking forward to as much. I would say Alien: Resurrection requires redemption, except that I've blocked that movie from my memory.
  • Neal
    What are you talking about? A 4th Alien movie?
  • Jimmy Love
    I hope they are good I'm not sure i want an explanation for the aliens though, I liked that they were just out there. I'll watch them, but my optimism for this is low
  • JimD
    I cannnot wait for this movie. I always wondered about the space jockey and what that was all about.
  • macatae
    For goodness sake Mr Billington I wish you would actually read what Ridley said, these films are about the origin of the Alien species and first contact by humans not about the Space Jockey per say. Also Avatar may be the huge grosser but its a overblown mess of a film visuals apart. The acting and script is pure pish. Robin Hood has made over $310,000,000 so far with Japan still to come. Finally Ridley does not need to prove himself to anyone. Ridley Scott hasn't made a BAD movie in years. GI Jane to be precise.
  • beavis
    peloquin - did you actually watch the last 4 seasons of "lost"? it was an absolute mess..........and don't get me started on the series finale - worst of all time. i have no confidence in the guy. but, i'm still hoping this movie will overcome his shortcomings. and by the way: i wasn't hating........i didn't say i wanted him to die or anything - i was just stating what i feel is a fact. sorry you saw it has hate.
  • Big r
    Seeing the sentence that talked about "gods and engineers" raised an eyebrow. I hope this turns out good.
  • lost ending sucked
    I never thought I'd say it, but Tony Scott's movies have been more enjoyable than his brother's in recent years.
  • Mr. Biscuit Tin
    So you want to see an Alien film where in fact, they are no longer Aliens but scientific experiments designed by humans? Are you FUCKING kidding me? Well, this is one way of killing a franchise. I thought AVP did sufficient damage but that film is now a golden shower compared to this turd that just smeared all over the mythology. Why even call it Alien? They're just science experiments now...
  • SV7
    If they were gonna go down the path of "developed for war" I wouldn't think they were designed by humans, but rather the Space Jockey guys. But yeah, having the Aliens being born in a lab (be it an alien's lab) may take away some of the Alien-ness of them. But it also does seem like a credible origin story for them. They were always thought of as a military weapon to the the company. SURELY, there's no way a Ridley Scott Alien prequel could be worse than Resurrection, AVP or Requiem.
  • John Doe
    @#5, "Lindelof is a genius..."? "...and Lost is one of the best sci fi shows of all time."? What?! You're joking, right? Please tell me you were only joking!




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