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HR Giger and Ridley Scott to re-team for ALIEN prequel?

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
December 21st, 2010

Some film franchises will never die. Despite the fact that it has shown more restraint than the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, PREDATOR, and FRIDAY THE 13th series, ALIEN remains one of those franchises. However, there will be no passing of the torch as far as HR Giger is concerned. The 70 year old Swiss artist is reportedly returning to work on the franchise that nabbed in a visual effects Oscar in 1980. This is happening despite the fact that Giger felt his work on 1997's ALIEN RESURRECTION was so misinterpreted that he had his name removed from the credits.

This news means he will be re-teamed with director Ridley Scott, who is directing his first ALIEN film since the original in 1979. Early in his career, Scott directed three consecutive sci-fi or fantasy films, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, and LEGEND, but he has not returned to those genres in twenty-five years.

The prequel's story goes back to explore the origins of the infamous Space Jockey. The plot will center on a group of astronauts who encounter an alien before it makes its way onto their Nostromo spaceship.

I am glad Giger and Scott are back, yet I am slightly apprehensive about this film. I always felt that part of the fun of the ALIEN films is that we don’t know where this creature came from. The creature simply exists and we, as an audience, can decide how it came about. Forcing an origin story (e.g. The STAR WARS prequels) is a tricky proposition. Why? It is because most of us have greater imaginations than what can be put up on that screen. Just ask Patton Oswalt.

Source Screen Rant

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