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Space Jockey angle confirmed

14 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Collider

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The LA Times' Hero Complex festival has been taking place over the weekend, at which Ridley Scott turned up to screen Blade Runner and Alien, and do some Q&A business. Oddly, Hero Complex haven't blogged the results so far, so the news comes from the quick-off-the-mark Collider that Sir Ridley has confirmed the Space Jockey angle for the new Alien prequels, as well as teasing some further details.

This is no great surprise, as it's been largely assumed since the project was announced that the elephantine, crashed, calcified creature glimpsed in the first Alien was a likely subject for attention. Scott says he was always "amazed that nobody explored the back story of the 'Space Jockey' in the sequels", and that he always wondered about it.*

On the question of the project being a pair of films, Scott explains that the timeline takes place long before the first movie, so there's plenty of space for new history. He also says that, "Once you learn how the Jockey encountered the aliens, you’ll also want to learn about how he got there..." Does that mean the films' chronologies will be backwards? A prequel, followed by a prequel to the prequel? Our heads hurt.

Finally, Scott reveals a wealth of knowledge on the practicalities of terraforming (taking mankind to the stars!), and says the new films have involved "a lot of underwater research". So what does that mean? An ocean planet origin for the jockeys? Extended sequences like the rather good one in the flooded kitchen in Alien: Resurrection?

More questions than answers then: clearly the slow-drip of Alien intel will continue for a long time to come. John Spaihts has written the screenplays, and the current due date for part one is late 2012.

*Mark Verheiden's 1990s comics (the adventures of Newt and Hicks after Aliens, before Alien 3 arrived and killed them off) did just this, suggesting that the Jockeys are badass warriors who intend to enslave humanity once they've finished with the Xenomorphs.


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Break down of the Q&A from six different articles
Well, what I've done is break everything into bundles of statements and interpretations about what Ridley said about this and that throughout the interview to give anyone the most complete picture available until someone who has an audio copy actually decides to transcribe the whole *swear word* thing. If someone gives me an audio copy and I will transcribe it syllable for syllable because I care about Ridley's words ridley-scott-at-hero-complex- More

Posted by wmmvrrvrrmm at 14:33 on 18 June 2010 | Report This Post

The perfect boxset
Will be the first two and this one. More

Posted by reinhardt76 at 18:35 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

The planetoid & Zeta II Reticuli.
It's rather strange to think that originally O'Bannon had the idea that there was "The Outer" rim 54 light years in radius according to his original script's map, and well the Nostromo hadn't quite reached the outer rim yet. And when they were short of Zeta II Reticuli, they were probably short of that star system by about 16 light years and it was being used as a galactic marker because of it's fame that it received during from the controversy earlier that decade about the Betty and Barney Hil More

Posted by wmmvrrvrrmm at 00:35 on 15 June 2010 | Report This Post

Oh dear god pleeeeeeeaaaaasssseeee let these films be good.....Indiana Jones and that rubbish crystal skull nearly sent me over the edge, any more disasters of well loved franchises and I may just have to start watching Glee to cheer me up. More

Posted by nigeyboy at 20:03 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

In the appaling AVP - Requiem we see that the space jockey chair is being used by the Predator on there home world. This means nothing at all to the Alien mythology but it was instresting to see none the less... More

Posted by chris749 at 18:25 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Gotta agree with Granny
Hmm, breaking the mystique of the Alien or for that matter any other horror character undermines what made them frightening in the first place, but on the other hand, I think the Space Jockey angle is fertile ground. The only time the Space Jockeys were encountered was at the start of Alien, then as Ridley says, nobody bothered to explore that angle. You can' really compare it to Hannibal Lecter in that sense. I've got faith in Ridley to develop an interesting backstory and to wipe away More

Posted by KnightofZyryab at 17:32 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Gotta agree with Granny
Potential prequel of a prequel?! Superb for fans of the franchise but I can see a lot of casual cinema goers being alienated (no pun!) if they go down this route. More

Posted by MarcE at 15:52 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Gotta agree with Granny
This is sounding rather horrible........ More

Posted by Deviation at 15:51 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Gotta agree with Granny
No more shite cash-ins, let Ridley go back to it. I like the whole idea that the alien looked the way it did because it had inpregnated the space jockey. Who knows what it will look like in its purest form. More

Posted by chris wootton at 15:02 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Re: RE
Gotta agree with DazDaMan on this. It's like giving Hannibal Lecter a 'reason' for eating human flesh. He got messed up in the head and is, in some way, a victim himself. He's much more frightening when you get the idea that he's just completely mental and likes the taste. I don't care where the Space Jockey came from, although I know I will once the film's been released and Fox once again stick their hand in my pocket and take my cash. More

Posted by thejonner at 14:05 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Re: RE
Gotta agree with DazDaMan on this. It's like giving Hannibal Lecter a 'reason' for eating human flesh. He got messed up in the head and is, in some way, a victim himself. He's much more frightening when you get the idea that he's just completely mental and likes the taste. I don't care where the Space Jockey came from, although I know I will once the film's been released and Fox once again stick their hand in my pocket and take my cash. More

Posted by thejonner at 14:05 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

I always thought of the ship as a bomber and the Alien eggs are the payload to be dropped on enemy planets. So, in a sense, the space jockey's race had done what the humans tried to do in the films: turn the Aliens into bioweapons. More

Posted by grucl at 14:01 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Fucking psyched and that underwater sequence in A:R is class. More

Posted by sephiroth7 at 13:57 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

This is gonna suck blue whale cock.   Why the hell do we NEED backstories for everything nowadays??  Michael Myers never needed one to make him terrifying, but Rob Zombie fucked that up, didn't he?      More

Posted by DazDaMan at 13:49 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

I thought the Space Jockey in Alien was thought to be grown in the chair it was in suggesting it was grown to fly the ship (to my mind by another alien race)? If they're the bad guys in the prequel , presumably the goodies will be seen running away a lot.... It's all sounding dodgy but a new Scott Alien is better than a trillion AVP sequels. More

Posted by granny at 13:06 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Jockeys In Space
The Space Jockey was actually an early make-up test for The Elephant Man that John Hurt stumbled across before he played him 2 years later. The spacecraft was Hurt's dressing room. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:04 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

All stories should have a sense of mystery and the unexplained...
I liked how the 'jockey's' were not explained in Alien. They sat their in their chairs and it was great visual work, but the present threat of the alien meant this was ignored. Gave the universe a depth and the sense that it is vast and diverse and lived in. Explaining who they are and where they come from, kind of diminishes the mystery behind it, and as a result I'd prefer if they went in to the future with the story. Kind of like how the explained away the Clone Wars in cartoony CGI, it wa More

Posted by emperorglenuff at 10:42 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

While I still wish Fox would leave this series alone now
I like the ideas Sir Rid is putting out there, my main concern was that prequels would screw with the chronology of the other films just as it's been done with some franchises like Star Wars and X-Men. In fact Paul Anderson's wanky AVP already fucked with the Alien series by putting them on present day Earth! Wanker! Anyway, sounds like Ridley is taking all that into consideration if he's setting the film/s way earlier than the first and (hopefully) one of them will be largely following another More

Posted by Marwood at 09:13 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Space Jockey origins
I remember The origin of the Space Jockey was explored in a comic story in a monthly Alien magazine published in the UK to tie in with the the cinema release of Alien 3. And I know it has also been explored elsewhere. I'm very interested in Where Ridley Scott will take this mysterious character - not sure how humans will be involved in the plot though? BTW I have actually grown to like Alien Resurrection - the extended version is a marked improvement. More

Posted by jkemal at 09:07 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

I liked the ambiguity of the Space Jockey, he and his ship seemed truly 'alien' and I think explaining him would ruin some of that intrigue. Still overjoyed at Scott overseeing this, though, so my hopes are very high. That said... Don't mention Alien Resurrection, Empire! I've only just finished wiping its existence from my mind :P More

Posted by seedykay at 08:31 on 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

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