It’s official! Just a day after news hit the Net that the rumored Alien reboot is moving forward, word comes that the new Alien film will NOT be a remake or reboot (as many fans of Ridley Scott’s original were fearing), but instead a prequel to Scott’s Alien, which will be directed by Carl Rinsch.

Thank Collider reporter Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub, who caught up with Ridley Scott’s brother Tony Scott at the premiere of his new movie, The Taking of Pelham 123.  The Scott brothers will co-produce the Alien prequel, and like any good producer, Tony was willing to feed the hype machine.

Here are some choice excerpts from the Collider interview with Tony Scott:

Collider: 20th Century Fox is talking about remaking or redoing the original Alien. What’s going on with that?

Tony Scott: Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company.

Collider: …are you a little nervous about reengaging the franchise or are you excited.

Tony: I’m excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family.

Collider: When do you envision this film getting in front of cameras?

Tony: Hopefully the end of the year.

Collider: Will it be a summer of 2011 movie?

Tony: Honestly, I don’t know.

Again, thanks to Collider for snagging that exclusive – Alien fans have been going nuts about whether this next film was going to be a prequel or a remake! I’m an Alien fan and right now I can tell you that I’m breathing a bit easier knowing that one of sci-fi’s all-time classics isn’t going to suffer the indignity of a lackluster remake.

A prequel is something I am good with; it would be cool to see the Alien species being created, only to go on a rampage across the universe. There IS a potential downside, however: some of best monsters in sci-fi/horror are the ones whose origins are UNKNOWN. The dread of the unknown, in certain cases, is more frightening than the monster itself. In giving Alien a backstory, the filmmakers risk negating one of the greatest aspects of Ridley Scott’s original: its WTF?! factor.

Still, in the hands of the Scott Brothers and their protege Carl Rinsch, I have a feeling that this Alien prequel might just turn out ok. What do you think? Does an Alien prequel have a shot at greatness?

(Like Tony Scott said) No word yet on when the Alien Prequel will hit theaters. To read Collider‘s full interview with Tony Scott you can go here.

Source: Collider