Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel Details Revealed

Ridley Scott has signed on to direct a prequel to Alien. We haven’t heard much about the project until now.

SHOOT: Are you kidding me - this is awesome!

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“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. … [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.

In a 2002 interview, Scott wanted to return “to where the alien creatures were first found and explain how they were created.” It sounds like this idea has been incorporated into the prequel/reboot. Jon Spaihts is writing the screenplay, a job he earned after pitching the studio and production company Scott Free.
Star Wars and Alien art-director Roger Christian previously confirmed that the movie will be shot in 3D.
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