Ridley Scott has confirmed that his new Alien film will involve Space Jockey extraterrestrials.
The director, who also revealed that he has a fourth draft script for the prequel, told MTV that the action takes place decades before Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley boards the Nostromo spacecraft.
He said: "It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney. 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.
"Our man [Tom Skerritt's Captain Dallas] climbs up and says, 'There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out - what was that?'. I'm explaining who the Space Jockeys were."
Scott added that the colonial corporation Weyland-Yutani has yet to be formed and the sci-fi movie will deal with "terraforming - taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life".
When asked if Weaver will be involved in any capacity, Scott replied: "It will be before she was born! But the main character will be a woman." (source)
And from an MTV interview:
MTV: So will you be creating new aliens for your prequel?
Scott: What you have to do is — were there four or five "Alien" films? I can't remember how many followed.
MTV: There were three after you, then the "Alien vs. Predator" nonsense.
Scott: Yeah, the thing about "Alien vs. Predator" is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien," which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger.
Scott: I don't want to repeat it. The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out.
MTV: Will you consult the original alien designer, H.R. Giger, on these ideas?
Scott: Yeah, he's still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we'll certainly talk. And maybe we'll come up with something completely different. (source)
Interesting. If done right, could be very very cool. However I simply do not have faith that it will be done right. I've said before that I've long feared what Ridley would do based on previous interviews over the years. Ridley has said if was ever to do a prequel, he had started to move towards the idea that the Aliens as bio-weapons... not actual "natural" creatures. I've never liked this concept. It wasn't the concept during the making of ALIEN so why retcon it? I also do not like the idea of other humans coming in contact with the Space Jockeys & Aliens before the Nostromo crew (although I wouldn't mind seeing an entire movie that looks like the inside of that Derelict Ship in ALIEN; an entire movie of Giger!). And the Space Jockey's better not speak any earth-based language. And there better not be a GIANT Jockey-Alien running around... like in the Dark Horse comic "Aliens: Apocalypse: Destroying Angels". Remember, the concept of the Alien taking on physical attributes of its host was not introduced until ALIEN3, 14 years after ALIEN. I do not acknowledge anything from ALIEN3-and-beyond as official, damnit! And from above, it seems like Ridley wants to create NEW Alien designs and concepts. Ugh. See there's just too many ways for this film to continue damaging the already fucked up Saga.
*thanks Andrew & JasonG!