Ridley Scott promises 'tough' Alien prequel


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Nov 3, 2008
Taken from the BBC’s website 28th April 2010

Director Sir Ridley Scott has revealed that his 3D Alien prequel will be "really nasty" and will respond to the standard set by James Cameron's Avatar.
Speaking to Screen Daily, the film-maker said the movie, set in 2085, would be "the dark side of the moon".
Sir Ridley, who directed the original Alien film in 1979, paid tribute to Cameron's technological innovation.
"Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it," said the 72-year-old. "He's not going to get away with it."
'Gods and engineers'
Sir Ridley's latest film, Robin Hood - starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, will open the Cannes Film Festival on 12 May.
Speaking about the Alien prequel, which is set five years before the original, the British film-maker said it is about "gods and engineers... engineers of space".
"And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would actually go in and clean up a planet?"
"It will take place in the years before that, when they first come across this thing on a planet called Zeta Reticuli, he added.
"And it will ask who was that guy in the first film lying in a chair with his chest blown outwards when they first go into the giant spacecraft."
Sir Ridley has not made a sci-fi movie since 1982's Blade Runner and was not involved in any of the Alien sequels or two Alien vs Predator spin-off films.
The original Alien movie, which starred Sigourney Weaver, won the Oscar for best visual effects in 1980.

Sounds interesting as I mentioned in another thread. A few spoilers in that statement though. At least they are focusing on a short time before Alien 1, which makes sense. It definitely better not say they were created by humans, but looks like it will say by another race.
Quite a risky thing to create as they could turn back on their creators, which is perhaps what happened to the guy in the chair and co. Unless they were some of the first enemy the Aliens were unleashed on.
Yeah, but the 'spoilers' could be misinformation.

At the last minute Ridley will probably drop out and Paul WS Anderson will jump at the chance to screw up some more of the Alien saga. He'll then set it in stone age time with some Roman fighting Knights fighting an alien that doesn't look like the other aliens and everyone runs in slow motion. Then he'll throw in a name like 'Weyland' and claim he's sticking to the original concept.

I'm not a fan of Paul.
And also, wasn't there some sequel to a sequel to a sequel where it appeared they'd been bred in ancient Egyptian times so that the predators could have a coming-of-age rite of passage? So trying to engineer some shenanigans 5 years before the original would have to take this into account, no?
I think any prequel to Alien should just simply ingore Paul WS Anderson and beyond.

Come to think of it, I wish Hollywood would ignore him too.
Well, the comic series dealt with the elephant-head chair race, somewhat.
Getting sick of Ripley, tho, now that she's super-alienized.

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