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by Cal » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:35 am

Ridley Scott signs up to direct Alien prequel

Green light for xenomorph origins story

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Ridley Scott, the original director of science fiction horror classic Alien, has signed up with Fox to helm an upcoming prequel. Plot details for the film remain a closely guarded secret, aside from the fact that its events will occur before the Nostromo answers a fatal "distress call" that leads to a deadly encounter with a murderous xenomorph, Variety reports. Writer Jon Spaihts has been hired to work on the script for the untitled prequel, which is scheduled for release in 2011.

The success of the original Alien in 1979 has already spawned three sequels, as well as novels, comic books, and video games. More recently two films have incorporated an ill-advised cross-over with the Predator franchise. Both Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem ignored the dark sexual imagery of the main Alien franchise in favour of a frag-fest that even failed to adequately answer the basic question of which of the two formidable other-worldly monsters would win in a fight.

Scott has previously said he might be interested in directing a further instalment of Alien that explored the origins of the creature. The original film portrays the Nostromo crew as the first group of humans to encounter the xenomorph, which was shown to have attacked occupants of the spacecraft of a technologically advanced race of other aliens. This creates several plot difficulties, not the least of which is how to introduce humans into the plot of the prequel, as Den of Geek notes.

It's going to take some work to get the human race involved in a prequel set-up for Alien. In the original movie, Weyland-Yutani's diversion of the Nostromo to LV-426 seems an opportunistic - if rather heartless - approach to new business acquisitions.

The original film is noted for its slow-build up, H.R. Giger's design for the creature, and best remembered for John Hurt's chestbuster scene. Aliens, the 1986 sequel directed by James Cameron, who also directed Terminator, takes the Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) survivor character of the original film back to LV-426, with a gang of marines fighting to protect human colonists cynically dispatched to the inhospitable planetoid. It successfully re-cast the film as an action-orientated SF movie.

Alien 3, which introduced cyberpunk themes, had a troubled production history under debut director David Fincher, who went on to direct Fight Club. Alien Resurrection, directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet and based on a screenplay by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, received mixed reviews.

Each sequel grossed more than the last, so it's no surprise that Hollywood has green-lit a project to create a further chapter to the franchise.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/03/alien_prequel/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Result. :mrgreen: Finally, the true originator, the visual genius himself, is back on board the Alien franchise. This should be very interesting.


Apologies if this has already been posted - I couldn't find it, if so.

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PostRe: **Ridley Scott signs up to direct Alien prequel**
by Gandalf » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:38 am

In the movie news thread, matey.

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PostRe: **Ridley Scott signs up to direct Alien prequel**
by Eighthours » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:42 am

Worthy of its own thread, though, methinks. This is BIG news.

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PostRe: **Ridley Scott signs up to direct Alien prequel**
by Gandalf » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:44 am

Personally I don't think it is, but I'll run with it.

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by Knoyleo » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:00 am

Yeah, this deserves its own thread, because I never check the movie news thread. Great news, I loved the original Alien, and hopefully Scott will be able to do a proper prequel for it. I doubt very much anyone else could, anyway.

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by Zellery » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:04 am

Amazing news. The Alien license is finally back in the hands of someone capable! 8-)

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by Superking » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:09 am

:o Great news

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by Poser » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:11 am

Zellery wrote:Amazing news. The Alien license is finally back in the hands of someone capable! 8-)


Agreed. Aliens was good for what it was - an action film. However, few films since - let alone those in the Alien franchise - have come close to recreating the brooding atmosphere of the original.

It really makes you think, though, how influential Alien really was. Particularly in gaming, more titles than you could begin to count owe so much of their appearance, themes, style, approach, gameplay etc to Alien.

This is immense news.

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by Glowy69 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:18 am

Imagine the possiblities with todays technology.... it'll probably be guff. :shifty:

nah, should be amazing. I loved Aliens and Alien 3 so to get a prequel to where these things came from should be amazing.

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by Alvin Flummux » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:18 am

What was Scott's last film?

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by Brerlappin » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:19 am

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OMG. This is BIG. This is HUGE. Will we finally see a return to form for the Alien franchise?! JC's output has been hit and miss lately but i would trust noone less than himself to direct this. Id be concerned about mr titanic goign overboard on CGI for this tho. I watched aliens again last Saturday night and it still strikes me how the models they used for the drop ships and apc's, and the suits for the aliens still looks more convincing than any CGI

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by Gandalf » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:20 am

Alvin Flummux wrote:What was Scott's last film?


Body of Lies. And presently working on Robin Hood.

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by Banjo » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:22 am

I really don't know why people are getting so excited, Scott's body of work (pun intended) has been decidedly lacking recently. In about twenty years he's made three good films and apart from American Gangster they weren't that special. Yeah that's right, Gladiator is not that good. Hopefully he can bring back the form he once had but I'm not going to get excited by this news. Robin Hood doesn't look that goood either.

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by gaminglegend » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:23 am

Did I just read someone talking about JC? It's Ridley Scott :fp:

This is great great news!! As long as he tries not to use CGI this is brilliant, if the script is good, and its directed like the first, we are on to a huge winner. Im so glad that Im finally going to be able to see it in the cinema, and a true sequel/prequel - not like the crap that is AVP/AVP2/Alien R/Alien 3

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by Brerlappin » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:24 am

D'oh :fp:

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by Zellery » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:27 am

glowy69 wrote:nah, should be amazing. I loved Aliens and Alien 3 so to get a prequel to where these things came from should be amazing.

The prequel to these films was the original Alien. :fp:

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by gaminglegend » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:28 am

Zellery wrote:
glowy69 wrote:nah, should be amazing. I loved Aliens and Alien 3 so to get a prequel to where these things came from should be amazing.

The prequel to these films was the original Alien. :fp: :fp: :fp:

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by Glowy69 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:28 am

Zellery wrote:
glowy69 wrote:nah, should be amazing. I loved Aliens and Alien 3 so to get a prequel to where these things came from should be amazing.

The prequel to these films was the original Alien. :fp:


I know, I didnt want to say that I didnt...really enjoy alien.. so I hoped nobody would notice. :shifty:

Thanks for nothing ass munch. :fp:

But Im still looking forward to this.

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by Gandalf » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:28 am

Banjo wrote:I really don't know why people are getting so excited, Scott's body of work (pun intended) has been decidedly lacking recently. In about twenty years he's made three good films and apart from American Gangster they weren't that special. Yeah that's right, Gladiator is not that good. Hopefully he can bring back the form he once had but I'm not going to get excited by this news. Robin Hood doesn't look that goood either.


Whoa....hold it there, sonny...erm matey. Body of Lies was fairly weak (I agree) but Gladiator was great, as was American Gangster. But how can you comment on Robin Hood? All we've seen are a couple of stills. No footage. No trailers. How can you say it doesn't look good?

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by gaminglegend » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:29 am

Gandalf wrote:
Banjo wrote:I really don't know why people are getting so excited, Scott's body of work (pun intended) has been decidedly lacking recently. In about twenty years he's made three good films and apart from American Gangster they weren't that special. Yeah that's right, Gladiator is not that good. Hopefully he can bring back the form he once had but I'm not going to get excited by this news. Robin Hood doesn't look that goood either.


Whoa....hold it there, sonny...erm matey. Body of Lies was fairly weak (I agree) but Gladiator was great, as was American Gangster. But how can you comment on Robin Hood? All we've seen are a couple of stills. No footage. No trailers. How can you say it doesn't look good?

I also think Robin Hood doesnt look good - stills can allow you to make some sort of an opinion in your mind. Granted not a fully justified one, but one all the same

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