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