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Excl: Ridley Scott Talks Alien Prequel
It's not set when you think it is...

29 October 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Sir Ridley Scott was in town the other night, mainly to look on with pride as his daughter, Jordan, debuted her film, Cracks, at the London Film Festival – but we grabbed him for a quick natter about the Alien prequel that he’s aiming to direct soon-ish.

Since the prequel was announced, it’s been assumed that it would tell the story of how those nasty, slavering xenomorphs came to land on LV-426 in the first place. But after listening to Sir Ridley, suddenly we’re not so sure…

“It’s a brand new box of tricks,” said Sir Ridley. “We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior.”

Interesting. And damned intriguing, to boot. Presumably, rather than make a film about how those massive elephantine aliens (remember the giant pilot with his chest blown outwards in Sir Ridley’s original?) were decimated by the acid-blooded bastards, Sir Ridley and his writer, Jon Spaihts, have decided to reboot the story in an attempt to give it a human focus.

How this will fit in with existing series continuity remains, like much about the new Fox movie, to be seen, but with Sir Ridley on board, we’re sure that the Alien series is on course for a return to genuine quality. Frankly, though, we’re still a little surprised that the man who is arguably Britain’s greatest living director would return to the scene of his greatest triumph. So why do it?

“I never thought I’d look forward to a sequel,” said Sir Ridley. “But a prequel is kind of interesting. I’m looking forward to doing that.”

Are you excited about Sir Ridley's Alien comeback? Let us know below.
 


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Nice landing.
Well if you all think about it - it could be a cool story.In Alien they discovered a `crashed`ship which was discovered by the crew of the Nostromo....Whose bosses were...The Company... Who knew this race of aliens existed and possibly established contact... So deliberately did this in the safest way possible...To get specimens onto one of their distant cargo ships to be studied...You get the picture?Would`nt it be great to see exactly how they achieved this in the first place? Of course im ho More

Posted by arronskie at 01:12 on 11 April 2010 | Report This Post

if there isnt any humans in this film there would be simply no dialogue and although im a big enough fan of alien films not to be put off by this it would get alot of critisism and that would mean a poor box office experience all in all i am very looking forward to this More

Posted by PhillD at 22:52 on 13 March 2010 | Report This Post

An Alien prequel can not have humans in it, or at least any contact between the aliens and the humans, the humans and the aliens did not come in to contact till the first film, Alien, on LV426 which was an unsurveyed planet. forget Alien V Predator. The film should be purely the space jockey and his kind coming into contact with the aliens and ending with their ship crashed on LV426, simple, this would be far better to have a film with no humans. More

Posted by j78k at 22:35 on 06 January 2010 | Report This Post

Steady on, hi charlie, can't be bandying about words like retard just 'cos the girl's got an opinion. Here's a few words for you...Get-Laid-More. Thelma and Louise was okay, if you're a bird...please don't let Ridley fuck this up with twaddle about Space Jockeys! More

Posted by JapStrangler at 05:49 on 03 December 2009 | Report This Post

Prequels? Hit or Major Miss?
I hope that he doesn't do the whole "Star wars" thing. Pretend that he's always known what the prequel should be, allow a huge fan base, then destroy half of what became fact. The Alien story is now an established universe. It would be wrong to change anything that the fans would be upset about. Sort of like the way George Lucas dismissed a huge amount of the Star Wars universe! Anyone remember how Boba Fett got out of the Sarlacc pitt? my point is that with a 'Franchise' as big as th More

Posted by biogarbe at 02:48 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

Good God NO!!!!!!
Eh? Prequels, the stupidest concept in the movie world get the Ridley Scott treatment and it's not even the prequel that he's been mooting for 30 years??? In an infinite universe with infinite possibilities why do we have to go back and fuck with all that beautiful mystery? Not to mention instead of interesting mature character actors we're bound to be handed good looking, teenage cannon fodder. And as for Scott, For every Alien theres a GI Jane. More

Posted by flash-t at 10:53 on 01 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
erm Blade Runner.... as a teenage girl you shouldnt be voicing an opinion as you are clearly retarded Thelma and louise come on I suppose youd consider Basic Instinct as a ground breaking Feminist picture as a slightly older more possibly bitter man I would tell you that you need too get out more and maybe watch some more films before making such a misinformed statement More

Posted by hi charlie at 22:59 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

what total fucking crap Ridley just reaffirms that he hasnt got the bollox to return to his groundbreaking classic style I had such high hopes for something different and now it just sounds like hes paying for a pool exstention shame on you Ridders shame on you theres nothing worse than seeing a great director milk the teet of a decaying bloated cow More

Posted by hi charlie at 22:52 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: As Long as its not . . .
Will the ship's onboard computers have to be like BBC Micros to tie in with the first film then? More

Posted by ninjadorg at 17:00 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

As Long as its not . . .
As Long as its not some dopey "elliptical prequel" where The Company actually designed the titular xeno-morphs and launched them into outer space after a breach in The Company's security system. More

Posted by GFTSR at 14:00 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

Given that he hasn't made a really good film since Alien I'm neither surprised or excited about this. As a teenage girl I did love Thelma & Louise though. More

Posted by madgirlipswich at 13:28 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

This is good. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:11 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

Alien prequel
I've read the script, it's about Ripley in her teens, although now she looks like Jessica Alba. She rides a motorbike and is a rebel. Alien eggs are found in a cave. Action ensues. Afterwards Ripley bangs her head and forgets everything. She signs up to join some space truckers. Oh and there's a talking pie. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 07:58 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

What happens now.. I dont know, I'm a stranger here myself...
We see Paris being destroyed at the end of "Alien Resurrection" alternate ending. It was the FIRST time ever we see EARTH... on "Aliens", why set up "The Gateway". There is an intergalactic war upon us... where during the years of the saga.. a war, which explains the reason of the 'company' fascination with the xenomorph. After the events of "Alien 3", the company found a way to stop this war but it came back.. and we needed to Resurrect Ripley to find More

Posted by SpaceJockey at 04:55 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

This could be AMAZING!!
Sir Ridley back at the helm?? You know this is going to be dark, suspenseful and one hell of a movie!! I'm intrigued as to the story though - I mean, one of the things that always bugged me was how the company knew the aliens were onj LV426 in the first place to make the Nostromo stop and check it out. Maybe this is where this one is going - an original encounter years before the Nostromo, that leads to the company thinking - I gotta get me one of those... More

Posted by jboyle79 at 00:39 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

YES
Very much so. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 19:20 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

I SAY LET'S TAKE OFF AND NUKE THE ENTIRE SITE FROM ORBIT... IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE
Just like "Alien" brought a new generation of terror, I think the prequel should do just the same. Bring elements that we fear in today's life and bring it to the elements of the Alien 'story'. The only thing that I have to say is that a PREQUEL is not needed. Ripley now being half alien and half human at Resurrection, is the best ticket to finding out where the aliens come from. She needs further development as to where her loyalty lies and Resurrection was just a tease..brief More

Posted by SpaceJockey at 18:06 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: excited about the aliens
Sounds promising however Giga need to return and re design the Alien. The alterations made to the aliens with each film after Alien 3 were getting worst. Both the standard alien and the predalien looked faked and small in AVPr. More

Posted by Ghidorah at 17:49 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Scott of The Aliens
Am I excited about the prequel? DAMN RIGHT I AM! Ridley Scott, with his one-two double-whammy of Alien and Blade Runner, is the king of sci-fi. Now Kubrick's dead, nobody else can do sci-fi as good as Scott. This is his first movie in the genre since Blade Runner. Even if the script is crap, Ridley Scott never disappoints with his magic eye for detail. My mouth is salivating like an Alien Queen at the thought of what he will deliver this time. Bring it on! More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:43 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

excited about the aliens
i'm excited about the aliens crash landed on LB426 on purpose by the company. except the space jockeys being known about it anyway.i would love to find out more about the aliens eggs were being stranded alone in the alien ship and on the planet. ROCK ON SIR RIDLEY! i'm looking forward to your film. More

Posted by rudyalapag5 at 17:23 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Apone Cameo?!
I recently watched the alien films for the first time. I watched them out of order (Alien then Alien3 then Aliens) and haven't seen resurrection yet. But I'm totally in love with the series, I didn't even mind alien3 (I watched the special edition cut). But the highlight of the series for me was the marines in aliens so if the Alien prequel has marines in it Imma be first in line! It probably won't though, Scott may give it the claustrophobic horror feel of the original as opposed to the action More

Posted by conradthebarbarian2 at 15:32 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: onetwo
Why don't you put her in charge! More

Posted by stooksa at 15:28 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

HOW MANY WAYS DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY YES?
Seriously Ridley Scott, the man behind such films as Blade Runner, Gladiator and... oh yeah, Alien, making the new film. I couldn't care when it'll be set, I can just trust that whatever he chooses, it'll be brilliant. More

Posted by freddie205 at 15:22 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

if anyone can...
the prospect of yet another Alien film doesn't have me salavating but the fact that this is going to be a Ridley Scott film is making me very interested. It sounds like one of those dream projects that go into pre-production and this could fail miserably - but who knows - it could potentially be brilliant. More

Posted by Workshed at 15:15 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Interesting, but...
As one poster said earlier, let's hope this doesn't go AVP with the human element. I really was hoping to see where the Jockey came from & the origination of the Alien itself. More

Posted by danfaz at 15:15 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

onetwo
Yes Jordan has & it caused me to blow a transaxle....ease down......ease down! More

Posted by sinj at 15:11 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

This might work
definitely needs humans other wise whats the point? Could be at risk of becoming an AVP type drivel flick. So a human meeting the xenos prior to the Nostromo crew would work in fact if 1 person survives it could serve as to how the company new the ship was there. Now if you recall In In Alien the Nostromo picked up a distress call and was sent to investigate but ashes orders state bring back alien life form crew expendable. So Dallas’s crew may not have been the first to encounter the xe More

Posted by sinj at 14:55 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Hasn't Jordan shown her crack already? More

Posted by onetwo at 14:26 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! AND ALSO
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!1 More

Posted by Actorsactor at 14:24 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: hmmm
L: Pigeon Army L: darktrain i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from.... ut isn't part of the horror inherent in the xenomorphs that you don't know where they come from, they're just there, like some sort of living, breathing, acid-blooded virus? Surely an origin story in the strictest sense would just nullify their impact in the same way Zombie app More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:06 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Hmmm, just thought of something.
what came first the alien or the face hugger? More

Posted by invictus2006 at 13:58 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Excl: Ridley Scott Talks Alien Prequel
I say nuke the director from orbit, it's the only way to be sure. More

Posted by spamandham at 13:53 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

THE ONLY HOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT
IF ANYONE CAN RESTORE ANY HONOR TO THE ALIEN SERIES, IT COULD ONLY BE RIDLEY OR CAMERON. More

Posted by doug.mack at 13:51 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Acheron or Bust!
Right - LV-426... Are the co-ordinates by Weyland-Yutani interplanetary map before they began terraforming. The planet was originally called Acheron (According to the original Alan Dean Foster novelisation and Cameron "Alien II" drafts from '85). I'm up for a suspenseful film. Scott can do it. If "The Company" knows of what is on the planet, so it could mean human of a survey team contact there with reports, hence - years later the company orders to bring back a sample wit More

Posted by fuzzbox77 at 13:32 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: hmmm
L: darktrain i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from.... ut isn't part of the horror inherent in the xenomorphs that you don't know where they come from, they're just there, like some sort of living, breathing, acid-blooded virus? Surely an origin story in the strictest sense would just nullify their impact in the same way Zombie apparently nullified Michae More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 12:52 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

glad that's sorted then
Wasn't looking forward to a story based solely on other aliens. to be honest that plot was more fan driven. when you think about it AvP is more in tune to folk wanting "the alien backstory" and look what happened there? focus on a human story is the best bet. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:38 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: hmmm
So hopefully we aren't seeing a young Ripley in this movie then. I suspect the film is going to end with someone or something picking up the signal heard in Alien. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:31 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

hmmm
i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from....there is a huge chance for this to be a major fuck up but if done right can add to the first two films and make a decent trilogy....i feel a little more secure knowing ridley is involved.. More

Posted by darktrain at 12:30 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: hmmm
sorry for multiple postings...dont know what happened More

Posted by darktrain at 11:56 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

hmmm
i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from....there is a huge chance for this to be a major fuck up but if done right can add to the first two films and make a decent trilogy....i feel a little more secure knowing ridley is involved.. More

Posted by darktrain at 11:53 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Elephantine aliens? As is said in the original film they were grown out of the chair presumably as a bio-engineered way of piloting the ship The question for the new film (if they must go there) is who grew them and why? I'm guessing that Weyland Yutani is merely hellbent on repeating the mistakes of the past that had the Xenos being used as weapons. More

Posted by granny at 11:53 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Meh...
No really tbh. Prequels rarely seem to work as you loose all suspense as you know what must happen to get to the stage they are at with the original film. I am interested to see what Ridley Scott will come up with thats original considering Alien/s seems to have been done to death at this point. More

Posted by nclowe at 11:48 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

hmmm
i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from....there is a huge chance for this to be a major fuck up but if done right can add to the first two films and make a decent trilogy....i feel a little more secure knowing ridley is involved.. More

Posted by darktrain at 11:40 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

hmmm
i wouldnt presume anything to be honest... why would it be more of a human focused story??id like to know the alien backstory...how it came to be..where it originated from....there is a huge chance for this to be a major fuck up but if done right can add to the first two films and make a decent trilogy....i feel a little more secure knowing ridley is involved.. More

Posted by darktrain at 11:37 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Erm in a word FUCK YES! Ridley is a really good director and Alien was done to focus on the humans not the Aliens. The rest lost sight of that. More

Posted by Director at 11:31 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Excited about RS Alien return, most definately yes. Especially after the garbage that was Alien Ressurection, and to a lesser extent Alien3. RS to direct was the best thing to happen to the Alien franchise, and to its many fans. More

Posted by VijayUK at 11:26 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Intresting
As a big Alien fan I can say that I have always hope for a 5th alien film to right the wrongs of the aweful (but somehow enjoyable) 4th film. And though David Fincher is possibley my favourite director, I really do find Alien 3 horrid to watch. So fingers crossed, the idea of putting a human story in does sound nessasary but with today's technology they could easily do a film with some major character created with CGI to stay true to Space Jocky seen in the first Alien. So I hope that character More

Posted by Black Hole at 11:17 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

Am I looking forward to this??
Hell 'freakin' yes I am! More

Posted by jimbojofre at 11:17 on 29 October 2009 | Report This Post


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