Not One, But Two Alien Prequels in 3D!

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ridley scott alien prequels in 3d Not One, But Two Alien Prequels in 3D!

On Friday, we reported on some plot details and a release date for the upcoming Alien prequel by director Ridley Scott.  In the interview, Scott confirmed that they are definitely making the film and that they’re working through the fourth draft to tighten up the story and improve the characters before they shoot.

The tentative plan is to have the Alien prequel ready for release late next year or sometime in 2012. In addition to that news, Collider is reporting that the prequel will be two movies and that they’ll be in 3D!

Before you get all flustered that yet another movie will be in 3D, they’re planning this one to be in 3D before they begin shooting and it’ll be shot appropriately. If all things go right, we won’ get that cheap tacked-on 3D we suffered through on Clash of the Titans (i.e. an unfair excuse for an unfair increase in ticket prices).

An interesting point Steve at Collider brought up in the interview with Scott is that the Alien movies are visually, very dark films, and for 3D to work, you tend to need much more light. This is something Ridley Scott says they’ll work on in post, to get the light to work right.

“That’s what Jim said. The problem is you’ll have to grade it later. You’ll have to grit your teeth and light it not the way you’d like it. And then later, you’re gonna have to regrade it. Repaint it. In fact, Avatar, when you think about it, is almost a completely animated movie.”

As for what the film will be about and when it takes place, in our previous post on the Alien prequel details, Scott placed it three decades before the original Alien.

“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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Scott says he’s just focusing on making the first of the two prequels at the moment so there’s no official word yet on whether or not he’ll film both back to back. When I hear of back-to-back films I get nightmarish flashbacks of the second and third Pirates of the Carribean and Matrix movies. Let’s pray we get a high level of quality from these two prequels as we saw with the first two Alien films.

Are you excited about Ridley Scott helming a pair of Alien prequels?

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood opens in theaters May 14th, 2010.

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Source: Collider

Alien sketch from BlackToe

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  1. “In fact, Avatar, when you think about it, is almost a completely animated movie.” So True… I hope these two movies go can live up to “Alien” and “Aliens”.

  2. Avatar is an animated film, not in the traditional sense. It has a lot of mocap with live action integrated… like that film that won best animated film one year… Happy Feet. LOL

  3. I kinda wish they'd taken a different route than the Space Jockey's origin. I mean look at that guy and imagine him alive and moving around. It's really hard, and that's what I like about it.
    As a life form it looks almost beyond our ability to understand, and that mystery, that weirdness is more intriguing when left unexplained. To me, anyway.

  4. I hope this turns out to be as good as the first 2. I didn't mind the third one either was just upset that everyone we grew to love in the second died in the third.

  5. I hope the Space Jockey is another alien not another human being. I also hope it's a dark very far out kind of film kind of like 2012 space odyssey. NO COMEDY RELIEF or a whole collection of people filling out their just deserves of stereotypes like typical pop movies nowadays. Just me thinking out loud. We will see! Not like anything you or me says will make a difference. The script is done. And if there's anyone that could make a great film its Ridley Scott!

  6. I don't get it. Are they splitting the film up into two parts (like Deathly Hallows or The Hobbit), or have they decided to make another film in addition to the prequel?

  7. Agree !

  8. I have read that it is NOT a 2 parter, no more then Alien and Aliens were. (it could be argued that they were quote a “2 parter”. However, The comment from above (This isn’t an attack), mentioned 2012 a SPACE ODYSSEY. The film is “2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY”, It was made / released in 1968 and based from a famous Book by: Arthur C. Clark of the same title. It is pretty much assigned reading in many Theoretical Physics Classes. It was Directed by: Stanley Kubrick. Its sequel, made many many years later was called 2010, Its full title (to be more accurate) is “2010 -THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT-”. and was released in 1984.
    As for the 2 Alien Prequels, I have ALWAYS wanted to know who the “SPACE JOCKEY” is? (he isn’t HUMAN for sure), where he came from, and why in the @&%# did he have a Cargo Hold jammed packed with ALIEN eggs???? not a very safe cargo. Maybe the Blue mist covering the eggs, prevented the “face huggers” from emerging as long as one didn’t go below the blue mist (sadly, KANE (played by John hurt) found out the hard way, do not step into the blue mist. I doubt he thought that slipping down that 3 foot walk way would soon end his life. Did you know that in the scene in ALIEN where it showed the crew members that was going out to find the signal the NOSTROMO ship detected. It was “DALLAS” “KANE” and “LAMBERT”, anyway, in that scene, Ridley Scott was not happy with the size of the landing foot of the NOSTROMO that the set crew had built. He felt it wasn’t big enough to show the true size of the SHIP. He had intended the ship to be even more massive then it already looks in the finished movie. SO, he had children dress up in the space suits to make the set look even larger then it was. He had always wanted the ship to look CRAZY BIG, Gigantically HUGE, and the portable ORE DRILLING RIG it was towing to be even bigger still. Sections from An old B-52 bomber were mocked up, and modified to save production costs. These became part of the long hallways making up much of the lower maintenance levels of the NOSRTOMO. Mirrors were used to make the hallways seem to go on forever. The Budget was so tight, that the huge WALL behind the “SPACE JOCKEY” was made in part of plaster and real bones as GIGER wanted it to have an “ORGANIC-MECHANICAL” look to it. (Yes GiGER was on set to help with much of the art in the film). The majority of it was actually air brushed. This wall, the one behind the “SPACE JOCKEY was in-fact, the same set piece used as the backdrop for the famous “EGG CHAMBER” scene when we all saw the “FACE HUGGERS” for the 1st time. The scene when “KANE” sadly slipped, disturbing the horrid “face huggers”.
    RIDLEY SCOTT himself, near the end of the making of the 1st ALIEN movie had already considered the idea of taking the story down the path of the “Space Jockey” and where “IT” came from. Scott always said he thought it would be an interesting way to take the plot, as far as making a sequel goes. This was back in 1978/79. StarWars had just come out a year or a year and a half earlier, and even though Ridley Scott didn’t have -Industrial Light and Magic- to help him with his effects, ALIEN’s special effects were as good as any, even to the present day. When Models and such are used right, they have a surreal look that CGI cannot achieve. Models have a “realness” to them that CGI doesn’t quite have, It may someday, but it isn’t there yet. Watch the -Directors cut- of BLADE RUNNER (ALSO a RIDLEY SCOTT film) if you want to see model making at is greatest. That film won tons of awards for its special effects. Between what the guys at -Industrial Light and Magic- (a special effects company created by George Lucas and his team that worked on StarWars. They invented many techniques that are still used to this day. The Blue Screen idea in itself was amazing. It wasn’t especially complicated. but when done with correctly, the effect is stunning. I still think the scene in “The Return of the Jedi”, when the FALCON is diving into a HUGE array of enemy fighters and 2 of the HUGE arrow shaped STAR DESTROYERS almost collide but scrape against each other is one of the best “dog fight” scenes EVER!

    Thanks for letting me share.

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  10. I’m watching alien 2 right now and I think it could make a great movie the survival of the colonists before the marines arrive. Them arriving, establishing, exploring and finding out about the ship and peak at its history, origin, etc and some heroes trying to organize defense with the little girl being the only survivor as her protector sacrifices himself to save her. Something along these lines would make a great movie. Or in another hand, throw some marines kicking ass and acting tough, those in the 2nd movie were awesome.