Ridley Scott to Direct Alien Prequel!

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

alien remake Ridley Scott to Direct Alien Prequel!

Several months ago, we told you that a Ridley Scott-produced Alien prequel was on the way and that the film was to be directed by Scott protege, Carl Rinsch.

Well, Great Scott! That is no longer the case.

In space, no one can hear you scream, but it would appear that the 20th Century Fox finally heard fans of the Alien franchise because they have now hired original Alien director Ridley Scott to return to the helm for the next installment of the long-running sci-fi franchise.

The long-rumored sequel reboot prequel has been gestating since 1997′s Alien Resurrection (even with the Alien Vs Predator films being produced). Scott has often publicly pondered returning to the series, but only with original star Sigourney Weaver. However, this new movie is supposed to be a prequel to Scott’s own film and not a continuation of the series, so it would appear that Weaver won’t be involved - having said that, she recently re-teamed with her Aliens director, James Cameron, for Avatar, so never say never.

The original Alien followed the crew of the Nostromo as they responded to a distress signal from a ship on a distant planet (LV428). Once there, a member of the crew is attacked and an alien parasite (a face-hugger) is attached to his face. Soon the creature dies, but then the real horror begins…

Alien and its first sequel Alien are modern science fiction classics and even the lesser sequels (David Fincher’s Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Resurrection) have some interesting visual flourishes and plot developments.

This Alien prequel will be written by Jon Spaihts.

Apparently, Spaihts’ pitch for the new film was so impressive that Scott jumped at the chance to direct. Now, the film could be quite a long way off as Scott has several films in development at the minute. He’s currently working on Robin Hood with Russell Crowe, and he has the Monoply film on the way, as well as a slew of producing duties. Add to this, he’s now 72 years old and it would appear that the British director might need a holiday or two.

With a bit of luck, Fox will put this new film on the fast track and we could see it within the next couple of years.

More on the Alien Prequel when we get it.

Source: Variety

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  1. frickin the best news ever for the alien franchise

  2. 2nd best news. Best news is James Cameron, lol.

    This is really cool though. Better than having a new-comer direct it, or someone who has a very different mental image of where the movie should go…

  3. Oh man, this is FANTASTIC news. A lot of the doubts I had about there even being another Alien movie have just been wiped away now that the original director has come back to do this one.

    @Ken J,

    I disagree, I think it’d be better to go the sci-fi/horror route that the original Alien went than to go the sci-fi/action route that Cameron went with Aliens. Nothing against sci-fi/action, and a movie in that vein would do better at the box office I think, but the first Alien stands above the rest in my eyes.

    If Scott makes this one even HALF as good as the original, I’ll be one happy camper :)

  4. Liked Cameron’s Aliens better to be honest, but this is still stellar news.

  5. This prequel is a bad idea considering giving the creature an origin is gonna ruin the character, but having Scott direct gives me some hope, but here this….the original director for Idiana Jones directed the fourth film and it was terrible.

  6. It is great that Scott is attached but Niall has said the outcome, it will be a long way off. This is like when Sir Ridley and Schwarzenegger were attached to be in the I Am Legend project, it never came to be.

    Imagine if that happened? Actually, they can still do it!

  7. finally, Fox heard our screams

  8. Indian jones was terrible no matter who directed it.

    But this is great news, it would be great if they show who the space traveler was who was first infected. In some of the Dark Horse comic books they have a slight back story to the traveler as well as a visit to the aliens home world, very cool book. If it follows any of these veins of thought WICKED movie!!

  9. This is awesome news!

  10. This movie is going to be the shiz……..

  11. I hope they don’t make it an origins thing, rather just something that happened before the first Alien movie but still leaving the actual origins of the alien species a mystery. But I think the best Alien movie news would have been an “in-between” movie showing the “last stand” fight among the colonists on that moon against the aliens that takes place in between Alien and Aliens. Directed by James Cameron of course, lol.

  12. Finally, a prequel that doesn’t make me say “oh no”

  13. Awesome!!! I wanna F this news!!!!

  14. thank god

  15. @Niall,

    At the risk of sounding like a total geek fanboy, which I’m not,

    It’s LV426, not LV428.

    (Haven’t seen the movies in years and remembered that! Not bad for a 50 year old shmuck!)

  16. No Predators !!!

    Lord Garth have you considered the ethernet port? ;-)

  17. I’m sure FOX will do something to mess this up, but this is really great news! I would love to see another Alien movie that would make me jump out of my seat, instead of shaking my head or laughing. The whole ” less is more ” direction that Ridley can do can really bring the sci -fi horror back to where it belongs instead of some cheesy effects and bad dialog! I would love to see this movie before any of those other projects he is working on…………

  18. I’d rather see a decent Aliens V Predator fim to be honest. If they follow the graphic novels approach of having it happen on another planet I think it would work great. However, the graphic novels origin stories for the Aliens didn’t work.
    Give us another Aliens film by all means but make it a sequel, an addition to the story we are all familiar with. There are so many place you could go with the story, the universe is a big place.
    Ok instalments 3 & 4 were the most inferior to the series but compared to other films in the genre they are still very good.
    Get another director too. Scott’s great but keep the tradition of a different director for every film thus bringing something unique every time we see those pesky Xenomorphs.
    Alien – obviously the Alien itself!
    Aliens – the hive and the Queen.
    Alien 3 – the difference in shape/build of the Alien as it was born of a non-human source, a dog (or cow if it’s the director’s cut).
    Alien Resurrection – underwater Aliens, Alien/Human hybrid (whether a daft idea or not, it was a bold move, and something touched upon in the expanded universe).
    The Aliens are one of cinemas greatest creations though and however I get to see them I love it.

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