Alien Reborn

There is an explanation for this, you know. Now, we’re going to find out what that is exactly. Ridley Scott has signed on to direct an Alien prequel.

In what is undoubtedly an attempt to cash in on recent origin story success, Twentieth Century Fox is going back in time to tell us all about the humble beginnings of those acid spitting aliens. According to Variety, the studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write the prequel. It will be the first time since the original 1979 film that Scott will direct. His production company, Scott Free, will produce. Apparently Spaihts pitched the idea for a reboot after two other space-related scripts he penned with which Keanu Reeves was involved.

No actual details were given except that the film will be set chronologically before the original which, my god, was released THIRTY years ago. That means main character Ellen Ripley will most likely not be included. Sigourney Weaver agrees. “I don’t see how Ripley could be part of a prequel,” she told MTV. “But I’m fine. I wish them well.” She also made sure to add, “I can’t imagine going back at this point.” You know, just in case you were thinking they’d pull a Leonard Nimoy and try to bring her in via time travel or something.
Personally, I think it’s a great idea to do a prequel. Those Alien vs. Predator movies are god awful. But it will feel weird without Ripley. Keep in mind, Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal are taking the Predators back to their roots next year as well.

7 Responses to “Alien Reborn”

  1. Isn't it though Dave? Glad I could help. :)

    Milad, I've ALWAYS wanted to see the planet the aliens came from! I really hope they go that route.

    I for one actually liked Resurrection. It had some weird moments but it had some great actors. Ron Perlman for one. :)

  2. Kschenke says:

    I don't think it can be as bad as the AvP movies.

    But don't hold me to that.

  3. greyman24 says:

    So, we'll get to see how the alien moves in grainy stop-motion, while the camera jerks around?

    Don't get me wrong. I love Blade Runner and Alien. But, looking through his filmography, I haven't really liked anything he's directed since Thelma & Louise (no, I didn't like Gladiator).

    I'll also agree with those that said they preferred Cameron's vision with Aliens. But it's often been said that these are not only two different directors, but two different genres. Alien was horror. Aliens was action.

    Very few people like David Fincher's Alien 3, and, while I love, love, love Jeunet's Amelie…can't say I was a big fan of Resurrection.

  4. hmmm, ressurection was a great movie… but i hope they turn out to be something good, i mean aliens 3 was the most aweful movie i'd seen, atleast AVP had some good action, but yeah it was awefull, why would they need an origin anyway? they're just creatures you know? i've never seen anyone wanting to know how the aliens came to be… but i always wondered what planet they came from.

  5. Superduperman says:

    With the way the franchise has been raped by Fox with the AVP series and AR and A3 is nothing to write home about, something had to be done to salvage the series. I would prefer Cameron, but Scott would be a good second choice. Let's hope he doesn't suffer the Lucas and Spielberg malady of trashing his legacy with inferior prequels.

  6. Dave Mackey says:

    Tasty graphic, Jill. Think I'll tape it to my fridge whenever I feel like a midnight snack. :)