The rumor started circulating earlier this week that 20th Century Fox was going to remake the original Alien movie. This sent sci-fi and Ridley Scott fans in to a frothing-at-the-mouth rampage that could have very well cost someone their lives. Luckily Collider.com talked with Tony Scott, Ridley’s brother, about it at a press event for The Taking of Pelham 123, and luckily he cleared up the fact that is actually a prequel to the original film, and will be directed by relative newcomer Carl Rinsch.
If this somehow finally answers the questions fans have had about the crashed egg carrier in the first film, I’ll be all for it, but otherwise, do we really need it?
I’m a bit of an oddity when it comes to the series as I have enjoyed all four films, and don’t have an out right hate for any of them as most do. I feel all four films are very different studies of similar themes, and each has its pros and cons. So while I don’t just dismiss a prequel outright, I’m just not sure we really need it. Do we really want to know where the aliens come from? Even though fans have questions about the Space Jockey (the huge corpse you see in the first film in the egg carrier), do we really need to know the answers
Heck, we don’t even know yet what this film will address or if it will go off in some total weird angle no one has thought of before. Some reports indicate it will deal with the events immediately preceding the first film which would lead me to believe it has something to do with how and why the Weiland-Yutani Company knew to direct the Nostromo to the planet LV-426 in the first place, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
The current plan calls for production to begin by the end of the year, but no release date has yet been set, but it will probably be summer 2011.
What would you like to see addressed in a prequel?
UPDATE 08/01/09: Ridley Scott has been announced to direct!