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Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
They're coming outta the goddamn screen!

08 March 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Shadowlocked

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So this is what Ridley Scott meant by "a brand new box of tricks". Art direction guru Roger Christian (Star Wars, Alien, we'll be kind and not mention that he directed Battlefied Earth. Oh bugger...) has revealed to Shadowlocked.com that the upcoming Alien prequel / reboot / whatever we're calling it, will be comin' atcha in 3D.

"Ridley's doing the next Alien in 3D," he says. But there's more: "Ridley told me some of his ideas. 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."

Shadowlocked make much of that "another three" business, although it sounds to our ears as if a trilogy is a casual hope on the part of the speaker, and not a plan by Sir Ridders. But whatever, whether or not you still think 3D is a gimmick, the prospect of the technology being put to use on the Alien is an enticing one. For the most part we've had big, bright, colourful 3D so far. We've certainly not yet seen it used on a Giger-ish nightmare.

As a tentpole sci-fi 3D project, Alien 5 has the potential to be a sort of Avatar in negative. The immersive possibilities that come with the perspective depth of the new 3D, as well as the boo! potential of the audience getting a facehugger in the face, has got us very interested indeed.

Christian isn't actually involved in the film (yet), but says "if ever I went back to designing, the only film I would ever want to design is Alien, if Ridley re-did it," which sounds a bit like an application. "3D is brilliant for horror", he concludes. We've only had shallow slasher fare to test that theory so far, but Alien has the potential to really prove him right. Don't you agree?


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RE: RE:
I depends on how the 3D will be used. Will it be the kind of 3D that constantly tries to shove pointed objects in your face (like Bloody Valentine) or will it be like UP or Avatar where (for the most part) it simply adds another layer to the film (of course Cameron couldn't resist the urge of throwing grenades at the audience from time to time).   Films of the second categorie have the tendancy to work just as well in 2D (I never saw UP in 3D and still love it to death) whereas More

Posted by grucl at 07:48 on 12 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jobloffski L: MoBiUGeArSkIn How would you two feel about ALIENS... being re-released in 3D?... Would this not blow your mind? It blows my mind. MY MIND!!!! My mind? It barely blows my chunks...not sure that makes sense but it sounded funny when I thought of it... Nah, I'll keep my precious memory of seeing the film, on VHS, having skipped off school to watch it one afternoon with a mate while his parents were at work. Bishop can't be torn in half for the first More

Posted by kenada_woo at 20:30 on 11 March 2010 | Report This Post

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I find the Ridley Scott part of a new Alien movie far more excitng than the 3D part. But let's say it's a great film and the 3D works - it's gonna be fucking scary!!! Can you imagine those alien jaws snapping at your popcorn More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 18:40 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

Could work, would be nice to have 3 good Alien movies instead of the two and a half we currently have. As long as it's nothing like 4.... The return of Ridley is promosing More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 16:29 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn How would you two feel about ALIENS... being re-released in 3D?... Would this not blow your mind? It blows my mind. MY MIND!!!! My mind? It barely blows my chunks...not sure that makes sense but it sounded funny when I thought of it... Nah, I'll keep my precious memory of seeing the film, on VHS, having skipped off school to watch it one afternoon with a mate while his parents were at work. Bishop can't be torn in half for the first time ever again. The m More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:35 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn How would you two feel about ALIENS... being re-released in 3D?... Would this not blow your mind? It blows my mind. MY MIND!!!! sp; The film grain alone would look amazing in 3D. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:18 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn How would you two feel about ALIENS... being re-released in 3D?... Would this not blow your mind? It blows my mind. MY MIND!!!! his is completely impossible. You cannot make Aliens any more awesome than it already is. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:05 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
How would you two feel about ALIENS... being re-released in 3D?... Would this not blow your mind? It blows my mind.   MY MIND!!!! More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 08:44 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
"Alien in 3D? Piece of me feels sad" Ignore whatever I said. That's what I meant! More

Posted by jobloffski at 23:42 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Dpp1978 L: jobloffski ...Implicit in my comments is 'prove me wrong, I dare ya!!'... n your conclusion that the reason studios are pushing 3D is to make money I can't. The film industry is a business after all, and businesses which don't make money don't last very long. I do object to your stance that a movie shot in 3D will necessarily be bad, and is merely to play to, "...ld in the audience, literally or figuratively.You refer to it as a gimmick; and it is, but so More

Posted by kenada_woo at 19:14 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Can you remember Jaws 3D???
Ridley is the only director that can save the A L I E N franchise,and if it's true it's a prequel then great,and in 3D well i wait with building excitement.When i heard a year ago Ridley was keen to return to the A L I E N movie franchise i was over the moon,i've had enough of it being run in to the ground and A v P was the final straw.So here's hoping it's true. More

Posted by evil bill at 19:01 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Can you remember Jaws 3D???
This sounds like a bad idea.... More

Posted by DazDaMan at 18:55 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Can you remember Jaws 3D???
There has been some absolute tripe 3D movies in the past and some good ones. Frankly, if ridders is directing it could be good. More

Posted by sheffchester at 18:22 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
Hooray! The world of differing opinions lives on!pologies if I over-gloomed prospects for a Scott Alien 3D movie. We obviously can't all agree, but I based my comments on 30 years of watching 3D movies in their various stages of development as they kept coming back to the cinema with headlines about how much better the tech was than the previous wave of 3D that came and went. And to date, the most heart stopping moment I've had during a 3D cinema viewing was the sudden mangling of the soun More

Posted by jobloffski at 17:25 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
L: Rgirvan44 L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Anti-3D commentary is bullshit. Tell me Avatar was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me Alice in Wonderland was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me ANY film that's been less enjoyable in 3D? You can't. Tent pole movies now require it, imo. When Clash of the Titans was to be released in 2D it looked great. Now it's also coming in 3D. Kraken... in 3-fuckin'-D! You seen that thing in the trailers? It looks EPIC! 3D is awesome. But it de More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 15:47 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jobloffski ...Implicit in my comments is 'prove me wrong, I dare ya!!'... n your conclusion that the reason studios are pushing 3D is to make money I can't. The film industry is a business after all, and businesses which don't make money don't last very long. I do object to your stance that a movie shot in 3D will necessarily be bad, and is merely to play to, "...ld in the audience, literally or figuratively.You refer to it as a gimmick; and it is, but so were synchronised so More

Posted by Dpp1978 at 15:41 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Wooo!!
I honestly don't care that this will be in 3D, but I'm looking forward to Alien on the big screen again. It's gonna be legen- wait for it -dary. More

Posted by pyriel17 at 15:31 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

3D shouldn't be an issue here. The most important thing is that the film is amazing. We need a decent Alien movie and hopefully Ridley Scott will deliver... it could be in 3D with fucking smellavision for all i care. Concentrate on the film! More

Posted by chris wootton at 13:59 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Anti-3D commentary is bullshit. Tell me Avatar was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me Alice in Wonderland was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me ANY film that's been less enjoyable in 3D? You can't. Tent pole movies now require it, imo. ash of the Titans was to be released in 2D ked great. Now it's also coming in 3D. Kraken... in 3-fuckin'-D! You seen that thing in the trailers? It looks EPIC! 3D is awesome. But it definately needs scale to be wor More

Posted by jobloffski at 13:35 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn Anti-3D commentary is bullshit. Tell me Avatar was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me Alice in Wonderland was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me ANY film that's been less enjoyable in 3D? You can't. Tent pole movies now require it, imo. When Clash of the Titans was to be released in 2D it looked great. Now it's also coming in 3D. Kraken... in 3-fuckin'-D! You seen that thing in the trailers? It looks EPIC! 3D is awesome. But it definately needs sca More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 13:34 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
That pro-3D commentary was bullshit.  More

Posted by Deviation at 12:31 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scott's Alien Prequel Will Be 3D
Anti-3D commentary is bullshit.   Tell me Avatar was less enjoyable in 3D. Tell me Alice in Wonderland was less enjoyable in 3D.   Tell me ANY film that's been less enjoyable in 3D?   You can't.   Tent pole movies now require it, imo. When Clash of the Titans was to be released in 2D it looked great. Now it's also coming in 3D.   Kraken... in 3-fuckin'-D!   You seen that thing in the trailers? It looks EPIC!   3D is awesome. But it More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 12:11 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: DId 2D grosses just drop sharply around here?
Face huggers jumping out the screen! Waaaaahhh!! More

Posted by CORLEONE at 11:59 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

DId 2D grosses just drop sharply around here?
Unless it's a fully CGI flick, adding 3D to characters or even objects can make them look conversely flat and unreal (I''m looking at your Superman Returns) undermining the efforts of the FX team to make us suspend our disbelief by reminding us it's all effects and 'show'. I fear that's what will happen here. More

Posted by granny at 11:57 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

In 3D, No One Can See You Scream...
With Ridley back behind the cameras shooting it in 3D, we can rest assured it will be visually astonishing. If they take the time to get the script right, this could really be something special. At least it won't be garbage like Alien Vs Predator: Requiem. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:51 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

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With all due respect, that's a fucking bullshit argument. The one and only reason the studios are going gaga over 3D is it gives cinema something to offer something TV can't currently do and therefore a reason to see films on the big screen. It has absolutely fuck all to do with quality of the films. It's business, pure and simple, and the film industry has, since day one promoted the WOW WOW WOW factor. It's also the reason the flicks have offered 3D as the big wow factor several t More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:10 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Alien resurrection sucked and that was shot in 2D. 2D, 3D, 1D who cares, its not the issue when it comes to whether the film will be any good or not. the story and characters will define that. all the 3D aspect does is make the film that bit nicer to watch on the big screen. ohhh no they shot wizard of oz in colour someone screamed years ago, so the film must be rubbish, why not shoot it in our more familiar black and white. the only thing that is rubbish is the comments on here by pe More

Posted by dfooster at 10:16 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Alien resurrection sucked and that was shot in 2D. 2D, 3D, 1D who cares, its not the issue when it comes to whether the film will be any good or not. the story and characters will define that. all the 3D aspect does is make the film that bit nicer to watch on the big screen. ohhh no they shot wizard of oz in colour someone screamed years ago, so the film must be rubbish, why not shoot it in our more familiar black and white. the only thing that is rubbish is the comments on here by pe More

Posted by dfooster at 10:15 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Game over man......Game over!!!!
I'm not fussed about 3D either, but Riddley Scott doing Alien is a good thing. More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 09:46 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Game over man......Game over!!!!
As a prequel, I feel Alien 5 is destined to suck, unless it has an AMAZING story beyond anything I can possibly imagine. And I can imagine quite a bit. As 3D, it's already dead in the water to me. When will it be understood that the all powerful technology automatically equating to better movies is bollocks, just as it was when digital cameras were supposed to make everything better (what you point the camera AT remains more crucial than the level of image clarity). Horror films, part More

Posted by jobloffski at 08:47 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Game over man......Game over!!!!
Studios have found their golden goose with 3D, let's hope they don't kill it. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 02:16 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Screw 3D
Screw 3D how about you give us an entry to the series worthy of being a sequel to the ones made 20-30 years ago More

Posted by rich at 00:23 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

Enough with the 3D already! We don't all get it ya know! :-( More

Posted by Bubba76 at 00:08 on 08 March 2010 | Report This Post

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