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?”

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?

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Source: Collider

Alien sketch from BlackToe