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Alien vs. prequel

07.31.2009

The xenomorphs are getting a break from being bludgeoned by PREDATORS and bad spinoff movies -- as previously rumored/expected/dreaded, Fox is moving ahead with a prequel to ALIEN.

Ridley Scott, the man who first brought he Giger-designed extraterrestrial killing machine to life, is actually attached to direct the film (despite past insistence from the Scott brothers that their company director Carl Rinsch would handle that task).

Writer Jon Spaihts has won the coveted (or feared) assignment of telling the backstory of the terrifying space creatures. While he hasn't done much you'd know, Spaihts is apparently the "hot sci-fi guy" in town with some fine (if unproduced) scripts sitting at the top of studio piles. Not that Fox is exactly known for quality control...

Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Scott is finishing work on ROBIN HOOD (and is attached to a dozen other projects), and Robert Rodriguez takes the PREDATOR series in a direction that doesn't involve Antarctic temples or Colorado towns populated with TV actors. One hopes.

Extra Tidbit: So what will we get -- the Pilot's unintended voyage to LV-426? Another human salvage crew finds the Alien homeworld? Can anything even be done without torturing fans of the original?
Source: Variety

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9:41PM on 08/07/2009
After much thought I have decided the title for this Alien Prequel should be Alien: Genesis. It makes sense and I know Ridley will makes us proud.
After much thought I have decided the title for this Alien Prequel should be Alien: Genesis. It makes sense and I know Ridley will makes us proud.
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12:40AM on 08/01/2009
Great! lets celebrate by stinging up the creators of AvP like pinatas and we dont stop till candy comes out!
Great! lets celebrate by stinging up the creators of AvP like pinatas and we dont stop till candy comes out!
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4:09PM on 07/31/2009
I like that Scott is coming back, but AvP and AvP:R left such a bad taste in my mouth I'm not really hungry for another Alien movie
I like that Scott is coming back, but AvP and AvP:R left such a bad taste in my mouth I'm not really hungry for another Alien movie
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1:41PM on 07/31/2009
Ridley Scott being on board seems like good news, but then again this is being produced by Fox, so the two kinda cancel each other out...
Ridley Scott being on board seems like good news, but then again this is being produced by Fox, so the two kinda cancel each other out...
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12:30PM on 07/31/2009
I hope this means that Ripley won't be involved. Her story started in ALIEN, not before.

As for the pitch that blew Fox away, that has me both extremely curious and terribly frightened. Bear in mind these are the same guys who heard the pitch for ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2 and said, "It's gold! Now all we need is a fucking retarded title. Let’s see… it's a sequel... about chipmu-... holy shit... I've got it... Tom, brace yourself. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS... THE MOTHERFUCKIN' SQUEAKUEL! BOOYA!"
I hope this means that Ripley won't be involved. Her story started in ALIEN, not before.

As for the pitch that blew Fox away, that has me both extremely curious and terribly frightened. Bear in mind these are the same guys who heard the pitch for ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 2 and said, "It's gold! Now all we need is a fucking retarded title. Let’s see… it's a sequel... about chipmu-... holy shit... I've got it... Tom, brace yourself. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS... THE MOTHERFUCKIN' SQUEAKUEL! BOOYA!"
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8:43AM on 07/31/2009
plz ridley put the horror back in alien.
plz ridley put the horror back in alien.
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8:34AM on 07/31/2009

A new direction...

It needs to be told from the aliens point of view a la WALL•E
It needs to be told from the aliens point of view a la WALL•E
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7:54AM on 07/31/2009
If Scott is indeed the man to do this, then great. Honestly, there is still a good amount of room to expand just so long as they don't betray some element of the original film by having an ending that doesn't make a lick of sense (if it's a prequel, then there needn't be any human survivors unless it's a pre-prequel). Having said all that, Scott's so busy I'm not counting on him STAYING the director on this thing, since it's such a big franchise they'll no doubt be looking to fast-track it
If Scott is indeed the man to do this, then great. Honestly, there is still a good amount of room to expand just so long as they don't betray some element of the original film by having an ending that doesn't make a lick of sense (if it's a prequel, then there needn't be any human survivors unless it's a pre-prequel). Having said all that, Scott's so busy I'm not counting on him STAYING the director on this thing, since it's such a big franchise they'll no doubt be looking to fast-track it maybe to keep up with "Predators."
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7:28AM on 07/31/2009

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ive always thought aliens was better then predator, so im pretty excited about this idea....well not aliens 3 and 4, im not sure what kinda brown acid they were dropping before shooting that
ive always thought aliens was better then predator, so im pretty excited about this idea....well not aliens 3 and 4, im not sure what kinda brown acid they were dropping before shooting that
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5:38AM on 07/31/2009
This is great news, I don't know why the article writer is being so cynical.
This is great news, I don't know why the article writer is being so cynical.
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5:57AM on 07/31/2009
Because he's seen ALIEN 3, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM.

It's great news that Ridley Scott's attached to direct, but I'd say cynicism is the correct attitude to have until we hear the story outline for the film.
Because he's seen ALIEN 3, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM.

It's great news that Ridley Scott's attached to direct, but I'd say cynicism is the correct attitude to have until we hear the story outline for the film.
5:33PM on 07/31/2009
Precisely, because ALIEN and ALIENS are two of my all-time favorite movies, and I've found everything after that to be detestable (I know ALIEN 3 has some fans, but I'm not one of them). The first two were made pre-overkill/CGI, and firmly understood suspense and fully respected and utilized the value of the creatures. And even assuming Ridley Scott does actually end up doing it, he's a very different filmmaker now than he was 30 years ago. And I'm definitely doubtful Fox would allow much
Precisely, because ALIEN and ALIENS are two of my all-time favorite movies, and I've found everything after that to be detestable (I know ALIEN 3 has some fans, but I'm not one of them). The first two were made pre-overkill/CGI, and firmly understood suspense and fully respected and utilized the value of the creatures. And even assuming Ridley Scott does actually end up doing it, he's a very different filmmaker now than he was 30 years ago. And I'm definitely doubtful Fox would allow much creative latitude with the property, if recent history is any indication, so they'd probably be trying to just crank out another Lowest Common Denominator piece of glossy garbage. So yeah, hence the tone of cynicism.
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4:20AM on 07/31/2009
As long as Scott is attached to direct, this movie should be good.
As long as Scott is attached to direct, this movie should be good.
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4:19AM on 07/31/2009
I've always been interested in hearing the backstory of the Space Jockey and the derelict ship from the original film, and with Sir Ridley himself involved, I'm feeling pretty good about this.
I've always been interested in hearing the backstory of the Space Jockey and the derelict ship from the original film, and with Sir Ridley himself involved, I'm feeling pretty good about this.
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3:30AM on 07/31/2009

Good and Bad News

I like that Scott is doing this and am curious to see what they do. I am dreading that it could be terrible like both AvP movies.
I like that Scott is doing this and am curious to see what they do. I am dreading that it could be terrible like both AvP movies.
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2:56AM on 07/31/2009
Okay, I realize a prequel isn't exactly necessary, but come on, we're getting another Ridley Scott-directed Alien film, I'd say that's pretty cool news.
Okay, I realize a prequel isn't exactly necessary, but come on, we're getting another Ridley Scott-directed Alien film, I'd say that's pretty cool news.
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1:37AM on 07/31/2009
please be about the space jockeys and the great war they had with another species with the bioengineering of the alien as a weapon.
please be about the space jockeys and the great war they had with another species with the bioengineering of the alien as a weapon.
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1:01AM on 07/31/2009
I'm nervous about this but at least having Scott back is a plus. Did I mention I was nervous?
I'm nervous about this but at least having Scott back is a plus. Did I mention I was nervous?
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12:42AM on 07/31/2009
I fully expect to see a scene similar to the one at the end of Spaceballs with the singing and dancing alien.
I fully expect to see a scene similar to the one at the end of Spaceballs with the singing and dancing alien.
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