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Scott Directing ALIEN Prequel

Ridley Scott officially returning to Alien franchise.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 31, 2009
Source: Variety

It's officially a "go" for 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott. Thirty years after Alien arrived in theaters, the director is returning to helm a prequel, confirms Variety. After pitching a story to Fox and Scott Free prods., hot new screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to write the script treatment. 

While his writing resume is void of released films, Spaihts has become a go-to-guy for space thrillers lately. After Keanu Reeves became attached to his Warner Bros. sci-fi script Shadow 19, Reeves hired Spaihts to write the space journey epic Passengers, which is berthed at Morgan Creek. That script got Spaihts the meeting with Fox and Scott Free, and he won the job with an Alien reboot take that the studio and Scott loved.

The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.

The deal gives Fox another chance to keep their franchise alive. There were three sequels to Scott's original, but it is the first time the director has set his mind on directing one.

Ridley Scott back in space? Time for you to sound off.

 

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/31/2009 2:33:56 AM

You mean Ridley, right?  This ought to be interesting.  I'm in the minority but I like prequel films when they call for it.  The Thing and Alien are some but others - not saying they are in the works or anything - like Nightmare on Elm Street or Child's Play for instance don't.  Not that they are comparable by any means.  I just couldn't think of any movies people might think need prequels and those are the only two where somebody might think it's a good idea.  Though, I must say that I'd rather have a Thing sequel than the prequel that we are getting.  It'd be awesome if it was like the PS2 game that came out that about people coming in to rescue the original team but come to find out there is more going on than even we knew about like people already knowing about the alien lifeforms before Kurt Russell and crew.  It was an awesome game I wish I had finished but alas I lost it in Italy somewhere.

kissstation 7/31/2009 3:08:45 AM

If this holds, I am very excited to have Ridley in charge of this!  We may have our 1st great Alien movie since Aliens. 

DayDrumFour 7/31/2009 3:25:24 AM

Finally...

 

Darkknight2280 7/31/2009 4:31:51 AM

Glad hes back...but not glad its another fucking prequel!!! Enough with the prequels, can writers not write a good movie that happens after the original? I mean geez, there have been sooo many Aliens books that have came out with AMAZING story lines. Aliens: Genocide being my favorite (look it up) that would make a kick ass movie!! But i am glad Ridley Scott is at least directing it, even though James Camerons Aliens was WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Better.

Cameron Owns SON!

pilgram 7/31/2009 5:41:01 AM

This was set up form the beginning. Remember when they went to go check out the alien ship and found the eggs there was a massive creature dead in the pilot chair. Haven’t you ever wondered where it came from? How it got there? I have high expectations for this. It does not sound to me that they said we can’t do anymore stories in the future so let’s just make it a prequel.

oberonqa 7/31/2009 5:55:51 AM

I have very high hopes for this. Now... hopefully Scott can talk H.R. Giger out of his proverbial anti-hollywood tree to design the creatures and alien sets.

flinshadytoo 7/31/2009 6:00:08 AM

 Hmmmm! Could be good if it's a subtle as the original, although I don't know how it could still be in the genre of horror/sci-fi, as surely the prequel wouldn't have any humans in it until the end.  I reckon they will probably go the easy route & make some contrived back-story that wasn't present before but is now 'discovered' ala Starwars, it will probably have huge plot holes that will be patched over with some flash bang sfx, but who know I could be wrong. What I loved about the original was the gritty realism of the spaceship, it was pristine & hi-tech above but it was still a mess below decks. H. R. Giger had a lot to do with the fantastic feel of the film, which has been watered down over the course of 6 movies.

The only Prequel I would really like to see is to Se7en. I would love a back-story  to John Doe, from his perspective, how he got to where he did in Se7en. Now that would be worth it.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/31/2009 6:02:13 AM

Yeah, I don't get that argument.  A story is a story is a story whether it's set in the past or the future.  It's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.  I can understand but don't agree with the hate for remakes - okay, I don't understand that hate either but far more than prequel hate.  Anyway - why the hate for a prequel?  What they can't make a good movie that's set in the past?  It doesn't make it any easier to write.  I don't even have an argument for it because I can't make sense of an argument against it.   What the fuck is the difference?  It's a different story.  And it's not like there are any characters that can carry on the story aside from the titular "mindless" beasts so I really can't see what the big deal is where the story goes.  I'm glad Ripley isn't in it, I tired of her during the one where she shaved her hair.  It was starting to get ridiculous for her and it seemed like the producers didn't have any confidence in the movies themselves that they had to find a reason to keep bringing Weaver back.  I guarantee if they went sequel route that somebody - whether it got made or not is a different story - would have tried to find a way for Ripley to have came back.  Maybe as the Alien that popped from her chest.  They'd probably come up with some hokey way for it to have survived but here will was so strong that she was able to make it more human and less animalistic and then she would have learned to talk and aid the humans against the war of the xenobites or whatever they were called.  Sorry, I forgot.  Xenomorphs? 

HudsonTaco 7/31/2009 6:05:49 AM

Best news to happen to this franchise since 1986.

panzerhd 7/31/2009 6:07:57 AM

I'll hold my judgement for the movie comes out and see how spin are favorite acid bleeding, wall climbing, everybody wants one aliens are cast.

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