Ridley Scott Confirmed as Director of Alien Prequel


Well here’s a pretty huge announcement that I don’t think many people saw coming. There has been talk of Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise for many, many years, but it always seemed like a bit of a pipe dream. Most recently, there were rumours that up-and-comer Carl Rinsch would be taking on an Alien prequel, with Ridley Scott on board as a producer. It seemed like the most logical step given that each previous Alien film has been handed off to a talented young director, but alas, it seems that Fox wasn’t so keep on the idea. Instead, Fox has finally won out and managed to convince their number one choice to step into the director’s chair after all: Ridley Scott!

Variety reports that Scott has indeed signed on to direct an Alien prequel, with Jon Spaihts (Passengers) writing the script. It’s looking like this may be Scott’s next film after Robin Hood, but that has yet to be confirmed. So what do you think, is this a good idea? I am guessing most people will be pretty excited to have Scott back at the helm, but there is a question of whether or not the aliens really need an origin story. All I know is it certainly can’t be worse than the Alien vs Predator films. Thoughts?

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggghhhhh I want this to be good, but alas, like the up coming RoboCop remake it’s likely to be utter garbage. Entertaining garbage, but garbage afterall.


  • Maopheus

    It all depends on what the premise and plot is. I don’t think it’s destined to be garbage but I’m not sure that there is necessarily much more that can be filled in about the Aliens. Or at least much more that we’d want to see. I was really disappointed in AvP as I thought it could have been awesome if the premise was different. And of course none of that dopey Predator and Sanaa Lathan lovefest.

  • Matt Keith

    This prequel is a terrible idea b/c giving the creature an origin is goona ruin it, but having Scott direct gives me some hope, but even the original director for Indiana Jones directed the fourth film and it was still terrible.

  • this and Seinfeld on Curb – how big can my boner get?!

  • kyriacos

    Thumbs up..

    With a good script this will rock..

    Ridley has the balls and can take this franchise one step further

    if is bad… whatever.. How bad can it be…

    It cannot be worse than AVP…

  • Sly

    imagine they would on top of it all also use the original concepts from H.R.Giger

  • I always thought the aliens were scarier specifically because no one knew where they came from. Sure, you can kill them and survive if you’re lucky, but because you don’t know where the source is you’ll never be entirely free of the fear that they’ll come back.

    They’re kind of like demons in that someone will always accidentally release them, or intentionally seek them out, because there’s no way to destroy the source once and for all. If a prequel shines light on their actual origin it would be like revealing the demon’s true name and rendering it powerless.

    On the other hand, if the prequel just took the formula of the existing movies and told the story of another alien infestation that just happend to occur before the ones we’ve already seen, then it would preserve the mythology. I don’t think we need to see the alien homeworld or anything. They’d be scarier if they couldn’t be linked to a specific time or place.

  • Big Hungry

    Just do not use all digital sets and try not to explain everything like the force is really small micro organism that we can have a relationship with. Keep things still a mystery!!!!!!! But that being said I do want to see it.

  • Derek

    I just wanna see an H.R. Giger world… with all of his freakish looking alien creatures, with Scott Directing.
    Don’t think the first movie (or any of them for that matter) would have been as scary without Giger.
    I’m in!

  • Bunyip

    OK, but what part will Russell Crowe be playing?

  • I’m just hoping this means the Monopoly movie won’t happen. I have an article about this on my site.