New Details On The ‘Alien’ Prequel From Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott Alien New Details On The Alien Prequel From Ridley Scott

Although director Ridley Scott will be busy promoting his new version of Robin Hood for the next several weeks, he managed to find time to sit down with MTV News and offer some intriguing details about his Alien prequel – including when it might be released.

Scott kindly did not tiptoe around clarifying the status of the project, which will take place before the events of his original sci-fi/horror classic, Alien.

Instead, he offered the following straightforward update:

“As we speak, I’ve got a pile of pages next to me; it’s like the fourth draft. It’s a work in progress, but we’re not dreaming it up anymore.  We know what the story is.  We’re now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot].  It’s a work in progress, but we’re actually making the film. There’s no question about it, we’re going to make the film.”

For Screen Rant readers that’ve been waiting for a significant update on the Alien prequel, this is welcome news indeed. Scott added that at this point he’s working on refining the screenplay and estimating production costs in order to get the project rolling.

So what exactly will the plot entail?  Well, as we addressed in our last post on the Alien prequel, there have long been questions about the individuals whose remains were recovered on planet LV-426 by the crew of the Nostromo in the first Alien film.  More specifically, there’s been a lot of fan speculation about their connection to the Weyland-Yutani company.

Well, according to Scott, the prequel will address just that:

“It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley].  It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’  The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair.  Remember that?”

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Ring a bell, anyone?

Scott also mentioned at this point that Weyland and Yutani haven’t joined forces yet, that Weyland will be the corporate power behind this initial journey to LV-426, and that the initial mission objective will involve terraforming – something Scott describes accurately as “taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.”

That said, expect the Alien prequel to be a stylistic return to the unnerving set design, pacing, and overall suffocating atmosphere of the original 1979 Alien film, and a shift away from the increasingly mindless action that we’ve seen most recently in the Alien vs. Predator movies.

Scott noted that he would consult original Alien production designer H. R. Giger on the look of his prequel.  The acclaimed director admitted that he would have to both revitalize the franchise – which he described as having been “squeezed dry” – and deal with the fact that “the first [Alien] will always be the most frightening, because the beast we put together with Giger and all its parts — the face-hugger, the chest-burster, the egg — they were all totally original, and that’s hard to follow.”

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There really is nothing like your first time.

Finally, Scott mentioned that he hoped to have the Alien prequel out in late 2011 or – perhaps more realistically – sometime in 2012.

In the meantime, feel free to speculate and comment away about these new tidbits concerning the Alien prequel, the development of which we will continue to keep you posted on. simple smile New Details On The Alien Prequel From Ridley Scott

Source: MTV News (via Bloody Disgusting)

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  1. Going back to the pace and look of the 1979 film is a master stroke. Good man Mr Scott and team.

    • I have seen every movie I think you need to have,segirny wever in it it dont matter if she is older ahe is,alien foreall goin back sucks.. Weaver needs to be at her best it needs to be flash bacjs and s*** blown up were weaver and the queen b**** habe it out and you need a,cast with samuell jaskson in it

  2. They scrapped it. No new movie..


  3. THE GREAT MR. SCOTT should put star maps from a galaxey about 20 light years away.. the space jockey is trying to send a message back home but is unable to thats why he died in his chair the aliens were getting hunger and got out and killed the space jockey, the main computer in the ship should look damage along with the alien holding tanks.. The jockey is some how lost in are part of the universe, not just maps of planets should be shown but maps of galaxeys as well….. the space jockey and the aliens are the same kind and are from the same SOLAR SYSTEM in space,thats why the two look alike in away…….this is were the first aliens comes into play “MOTHER PICK UP ON THE STRANGE UNKNOWN SIGNAL AND IS ORDER TO CHECK IN AND REPORT BACK HER FINDINGS” while on her way back to earth with her shippment and GREAT CREW……. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FIRST ALIEN MOVIE MR SCOTT…………..

  4. Use light sparingly!! The best part about the original films is the lack of light used. In other words if the only source of light available is a candle, then make me believe that. I don’t need ten different bounce and fill lights to reveal the surrounding rocks to make me believe they are drudging through a cave filled with aliens potentially around every corner, less is more! Some movies start out using this idea and fail to fallow through till the end. Pitch Black is a great example of this failure, they successfully fallowed low light levels/ stylistic lighting untill reaching the little canyon and this is where the movie fell down. I would hope since the original master Mr. Scott and the genius of H.R. Giger comming back to revitalize this poorly repeated classic will successfully pull this rule off all the way through till the end and not let some newbie DP go nuts with his toys and show entirely to much.

  5. they never should’ve killed hicks. I mean why?! D': I thought hicks and ripley would’ve been a couple!! :(

    • It’s now 2014,are there any plans in the works To still make a prequel to ALIEN or has it been scraped cause i myself would definitely like to know how ALIEN came to LV-426.

  6. I cannot wait for this movie to come out & hit movie theaters. Especially in 3D!!! This is going to awesome & OFF THE HOOK!!! Thanx Mr. Scott for sharing this with all of your “ALIEN” fans! 😉

  7. Hi there im a big fan of the movies I would like say I would like see wot happen to ellen ripley when she got to earth and I would to see if a hugger got on the ship and the alien tuck over the earth and this time see the aliens win :-):-):-):-)