Space Jockey creator Ridley Scott gives a few hints about ALIEN prequel!

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
September 3rd, 2010

We now have a few more tidbits about what Lost scribe Damon Lindelof might be bust re-writing. Some fans are genuinely excited about the prospect of director Ridley Scott returning to the sci-fi horror franchise that put his name on the map, while others are cautiously optimistic at best. When the Nostromo crew first board the alien ship in the first installment of the A L I E N franchise, they find a massive ancient creature (lovingly referred to as the “Space Jockey”) who has long since perished. Part of what is so compelling about that sequence, is the sense of mystery surrounding this incredible find. Where did this being come from? What race does he belong to? And most importantly, how did he wind up dead?

Check out Ridley’s quote, after the jump.

Ridley Scott seems determined to answer some of these questions for better or worse. He told The Independent the following:

“The film[s] will be really tough, really nasty,” says Scott of the proposed two-part prequel, which he says will take place 30 years before the first film, “It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?”

This does sound compelling, but it seems better suited for novelization than film: it’s expanding the mythology in prequel form (a practice common in film-to-book properties), it’s bold and risky (and therefore a liability for major Hollywood studios), and it centers around philosophical and scientific ideas that would probably be more fleshed out and more thought provoking on the page.

Is this really going to make for a good movie?

Source The Independent

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