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Sigourney Weaver Talks Alien Prequel
Ripley gives her two cents

05 August 2010  |  Written by Alastair Plumb  

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There's only a few things we know about the Alien prequel, and even those we're not exactly 100% on. Sure, Ridley is set to direct, and yes, it looks like it's going to be in 3D (in the dark, how's that going to work?) and maybe it'll come in a set of two prequels.

We're also informed that Cowboys And Aliens writer and Lost kingpin Damon Lindelof will be carrying out scribbling duties, and thanks to an extensive MTV interview with Sir Ridley we know it looks to be set 30 years before the Nostromo, and will be based around the 'Space Jockey' figure on LV-426.

Which begs the question... what does Ripley think about all this? Obviously she's not going to be an actual part of the film (or films) but we've also been told that it will have a female lead, as you'd expect from an Alien film.

Here's what she had to say on the topic when we caught up for a few minutes during Comic-Con, where she was doing her press duties for another Alien-based number, Paul.

So, what do you guys think? Is the prequel idea a good idea? Is this the best think to happen since Aliens, or a potential Requiem in the making? Let us know. In that comment box there. Ah go on. Go on go on go on.


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Your Comments

Missed opportunity
As much as I love Alien 3, despite its flaws, I think the fact that it wasn't Ridley Scott's movie was a missed opportunity. I'm looking forward to this and not only as a great big Alien fanboy. If it's half as good as Alien it'll still be better than Alien: Resurrection and if it's as bad as Scott's weakest movie it'll still be better than either of the AvP shitflicks. More

Posted by empeekay at 17:16 on 08 August 2010 | Report This Post

ALIEN/DARK STAR
I am looking forward to this, The ALIEN and the S{PACE JOCKEY in the original were actually inspired by the work's of H.P. Lovecraft, ( the space Jockey is actually based upon lovecrafts deity CTHULHU, and the ALIEN itself is actually inspired by Lovecraft's SHOGGOTH'S from At the mountains of madness. Can't wait. AVP and AVPR were an embarrasment to the ALIEN franchise am glad the studio has had the sense to get the franchise back on track. More

Posted by Horrorguru at 10:31 on 08 August 2010 | Report This Post

Dan O'Bannon's Concept
I always thought the Alien was an artificial lifeform experiment gone wrong. And lets not forget the original Alien concept came from the late Dan O'Bannon. But I'm looking forward to this. More

Posted by Clanger21 at 10:11 on 08 August 2010 | Report This Post

Its a bit dubious isn't it, basing the plot around the space jockey from Alien. If done well it could be good but if done poorly it could suck intergalactic ass. However in Ridley we trust so fingers crossed. More

Posted by Bates at 16:02 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

Hope
I 'm sure in Ridley, I just also hope that after his prequel the genre of space horror will be more popular in Hollywood & we get more of it then 1 in a year More

Posted by Sanya at 13:03 on 07 August 2010 | Report This Post

I love the alien...
Yes! Yes! Yes! Preque, sequel, reboot I don't care I love the alien even in the crap films fighting predators and really tough girls in total darkness. More

Posted by Ricketygrumble at 17:26 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

"Sir Ridders Of Scott"
Jeez, I knew there was a reason I don't buy Empire anymore - children still write for it. More

Posted by gungfu at 16:55 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

I always liked to imagine a time travel/loop scenario where the ship in Alien came from the future where the Weyland Yutani corporation was breeding the xenos for war (it also grew the space jockey). The prequel story will have to be exceptional to restore my faith in the franchise. I also think Ben from Lost would make a great android. More

Posted by granny at 13:00 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

best thing since aliens?
Personally i think that comment was a bit off. I don't deny that after Aliens the sequals weren't as good, but Alien 3 carried on the story very well. The sacrifice of Ellen Ripley tied up the story very well. I think the mistake was making it a quadrilogy with Alien Ressurection. The pile of dog crap that was the Alien/Predetor movies goes without saying as a BIG mistake. More

Posted by matthewj.white1234 at 12:13 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

Alien: Progeny
Anything that reunites Ridley Scott with the Alien universe is a good idea. Even if it's only half as good as Alien, I'll be pleased (what could top that horror classic?). It will be interesting to see if Ridley can put another spin on this old yarn and come up with something new and to see what he can do with today's effects. It's a pity Jim Cameron didn't script it as was the plan at one stage, but you can't have everything, right? More

Posted by BenTramer at 01:32 on 06 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Alien prequel
Ridley is hit and miss for me, when he hits it's really something but the misses are quite mediocre. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 20:01 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Alien prequel
This should be good if its Ridley at the helm. Seem to remember a comic series from about 15-20 years ago did a story on the origin of the 'space-jockeys'. Lost them a while back though but remember it was quite good. More

Posted by Darth Psyman at 19:51 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Alien prequel
Sigourney is just so adorable in that video. More

Posted by darth silas at 19:29 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

Alien prequel
I just do not see this working. i] was good because of the mystery, /i] was good because of Ripley. This is a film seeking to remove the mystery and doesn't have Ripley. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 19:08 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
L: lukeyboy I'm all for them making this film but i think that employing a female lead is a mistake as it will draw immediate comparison's to Ripley, and we all know she is the hardest thing with a pair of jubblies this side of LV426!uote] Why even bother with another female lead? - not only was it done in Alien but the AvPs too They should go with a guy - Crowe would be the obvious choice More

Posted by jackcarter at 18:44 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

As long as Ridley spends time on each shot....
Don't rush yourself, take it easy and you make a winner Ridders...plus don't listen to the producers, just go with it... More

Posted by Barneyross1 at 18:09 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
The one I saw in the cinema was a pile of shit. When I go to see a film I judge it on what I watch not what might have been left on the cutting room floor. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:47 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
L: The Hooded Man L: jackcarter Was watching Alien 1 late the other night and the first half from when we get A L I E N slowly appearing with the eerie score, the wake up, the signal, the planetoid, derelict, space jockey, eggs in the massive cargo (basically everything up until they get Kane back on board) is so damned atmospheric and 'alien' I really want to see more of that side of the 1979 film explored (as well as exploring The Company and its interest in the alien and maybe t More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 17:45 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
L: The Hooded Man L: jackcarter Was watching Alien 1 late the other night and the first half from when we get A L I E N slowly appearing with the eerie score, the wake up, the signal, the planetoid, derelict, space jockey, eggs in the massive cargo (basically everything up until they get Kane back on board) is so damned atmospheric and 'alien' I really want to see more of that side of the 1979 film explored (as well as exploring The Company and its interest in the alien More

Posted by The Todge at 17:42 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
L: jackcarter Was watching Alien 1 late the other night and the first half from when we get A L I E N slowly appearing with the eerie score, the wake up, the signal, the planetoid, derelict, space jockey, eggs in the massive cargo (basically everything up until they get Kane back on board) is so damned atmospheric and ‘alien’ I really want to see more of that side of the 1979 film explored (as well as exploring The Company and its interest in the alien and maybe the aliens or More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:31 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: best thing to happen since Aliens
I'm all for them making this film but i think that employing a female lead is a mistake as it will draw immediate comparison's to Ripley, and we all know she is the hardest thing with a pair of jubblies this side of LV426! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 17:28 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

best thing to happen since Aliens
need to see these More

Posted by jackcarter at 17:11 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

Honesty
is the best policy More

Posted by nybras at 16:59 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Totally agree with cyberleader. We won't be able to watch the original now in the same way knowing where the wee buggers come from! More

Posted by Rogue at 16:39 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

We don't want to know where they came from!!!!! Sure we would like another Alien fil (though it's prob not a good idea to do so) but why would we want to kill the mystery of the original? What's scary about the original is that it is about the unknown. In fact the 'alien' seems to be a metaphor FOR the unknown. Show their planet? Leran every little detail about 'em? No ta. Sigh. Guess as a n alien fan I'll see it and love it anyhow...but for now....grumble, grumble, grumble, mutter.... More

Posted by Cyberleader at 16:33 on 05 August 2010 | Report This Post

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