Ridley Scott reveals new details about his ALIEN prequel

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
April 23rd, 2010

Who wants to talk ROBIN HOOD when we can talk about the ALIEN prequel, right? That's precisely what MTV thought when they recently spoke to director Ridley Scott, who helmed the first ALIEN.

And the man finally revealed some interesting info about the upcoming prequel. Hit the jump to see what Scott had to say.

“It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. 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...[The prequel] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life."

Scott also made it pretty clear that Sigourney Weaver will not have a role in the new film, but that the lead character will be a female protagonist and the as-of-now-unnamed prequel will hit theaters “in late 2011, or maybe the best date in 2012.” When the news of Ridley Scott's involvement in a prequel to his sci-fi/horror classic first came out, it seemed like some kind of bizarro world movie news had entered the blogosphere, but now it looks like it's really going to happen.

Looking at this new information, the film should end up being a thought-provoking sci-fi film, but it might not feel like the movies that came before it in the franchise. Scott wants to expand that universe and show us what else is out there...

Source MTV, via /Film

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