Empire was talking with director Ridley Scott recently about his return to Alien, the sci-fi plus horror film that first catapulted him to fame. Earlier this year, the news broke that Scott would be coming back for a prequel chapter to Alien, which would be set long before the mess-yourself-terror of the 1979 original.
Ever since that news was confirmed, Alien fans have all been wondering what "Sir Ridley" had in mind for the prequel. Thanks to Empire, we now have at least some idea of what we can expect.
"It’s a brand new box of tricks...We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior.”
“I never thought I’d look forward to a sequel...But a prequel is kind of interesting. I’m looking forward to doing that.”
Many people have also been wondering if this prequel was going to explain the mysterious scene in the original Alien where the crew members found a non-human pilot crash landed on planet LV-426 with his chest burst out. According to Scott, the prequel will have a "human focus," though what that means exactly is anyone's guess at this point.
In Alien, Ash (the android character played by Ian Holm), was missioned by the Mega-corporation Weyland-Yutani to bring the alien back alive. It was (semi) explained in the film that the corporation had made prior (unsuccessful) attempts to capture the alien; between that reference, and the logical deduction that a human exploration party must've made first contact with the aliens at some point for the mega corp to even know of their existence, let's just say there is a lot of fertile ground on which to build this prequel.
Last word we heard, Ridley Scott (at the insistance of 20th Century Fox) will be back to helm the film, working off a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. I feel confident in saying that there are a LOT of us out here eagerly anticipating seeing this particular prequel.
No word on when Alien 0 will be terrifying us in theaters. As stated by Scott, it's currently in development.