Friday, April 23, 2010


Ridley Scott has revealed some story info for his upcoming (and unnecessary) ALIEN PREQUEL:

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!

Giant Space Jockey Alien:


Andrew Glazebrook said...

I always imagined the Derelict may have been there for hundred's if not thousands of years, that's why the Space Jockey has fossilised onto the chair he was sat in. Maybe the chair like the jockey was living and organic, perhaps the whole ship was a living being of sorts and the Alien eggs were like some sort of parasite living in it's gut !!

Phil Freeman said...

I need to disagree with your hatred of the Aliens taking on the genetic components of their hosts. Ridley Scott established thi in Alien, with the Jockey. He had a whole in his chest far bugger than the human explorers observing it. The embryo had obviously grown in the larger host and escaped. Would they have been bothered by something as small as a cat to them?

It's similar to how we've found fossils of huge mosquitoes to go with the huge dinosaurs of the past, but they're now evolved down to a smaller size relative to us humans.

Overall, I'd want the film to be entirely about the Jockey aliens and their story; no humans at all. But I doubt Hollywood can produce a human-less film unless it's a cartoon. If it has to be about humans, I hope that they all die before they can inform Weyland or future Nasa, so the first film still fits.

I'd also love for the last frame of the film to be a shot of the Jockey ship crashing to the surface, still alive but dying. Then a subtitle: thousands of years later, and we see the same ship, dead and old. Then the familiar Nostromo lands beside it. Begin credits.

Phil Freeman said...


☆☆☆ JaganaR ☆☆☆ said...

@ phil

dude that WOULD BE EPIC if they pulled that off in the end credits . . .
(plus you also have to factor in WHERE THE FUCK the Queen was during the crash, cus with all them eggs laying around , she had to have been somewhere )
honestly, my gripe is that if Terran-Meatsacks ( US ) are in this flick it will officially suck . remember how syched we were about Masters of the universe and seeing ETERNIA ? then we find out after paying our 5.50 it was 75% on earth ... we dont want to see any FLESHBAGS from earth EVER. MOTU was close enough to be humanoid in everything , but they had to drag MOTU to earth to watch it crash and burn ....

JIM i agree , Alien1-3 are cannon and the rest are only considered because of Queenie (in my book anyway) aside from that they can go and do a Joe Quesada (4k_themeselves)