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Hang on, there are TWO Alien prequels in the works?

04.26.2010

So it was enough of a surprise when it was first announced that Ridley Scott was returning for an ALIEN prequel, and recently, we brought you some of his thoughts about what would make it into that film. But as he attends more and more junkets for ROBIN HOOD, new info is coming out all the time, and this latest bit of news is pretty out there.

Scott is actually planning on two ALIEN prequels, a fact he recently revealed to Collider. 

"Yup. It'll be two," says Ridley. "Prequel one and two, then Alien 1." Asked if he'll be filming them back to back, his response was, "At the moment I'm just trying to get the first one out."

Is this is a good or bad thing? I’m split. The idea of an ALIEN prequel is questionable enough as is, as I think the franchise died about three movies ago, so TWO prequels seems doubly unnecessary. On the other hand, it IS Ridley doing it, and for him to have two films in mind means he has to have a pretty clear idea of a story arc that takes at least three hours to tell.

Read the rest of the interview at Collider, where Scott discusses 3D tech and if it’s going to be in play.

Extra Tidbit: Next up, the GLADIATOR sequel!
Source: Collider

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6:48AM on 04/27/2010
Looks like someone really really REALLY needs those $$$.
Looks like someone really really REALLY needs those $$$.
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5:47AM on 04/27/2010

Like I said before in the other Ridley thread

Get a great actress that actually has some range i.e. the chops to be tough yet believably-vulnerable at times, and I'll be a happy camper. I'm not worried about Scott's direction or story, because the man has SKILLS. I'm just worried about possible missteps with casting, which IMHO really seems to be a problem with the genre today.
Get a great actress that actually has some range i.e. the chops to be tough yet believably-vulnerable at times, and I'll be a happy camper. I'm not worried about Scott's direction or story, because the man has SKILLS. I'm just worried about possible missteps with casting, which IMHO really seems to be a problem with the genre today.
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4:19AM on 04/27/2010
So the Alien prequels will probably be the last films he does, being 73 years old! I love his sword and sandals films, and will enjoy Robin Hood as his farewell to the genre! (crossed fingers I'm wrong).
So the Alien prequels will probably be the last films he does, being 73 years old! I love his sword and sandals films, and will enjoy Robin Hood as his farewell to the genre! (crossed fingers I'm wrong).
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2:50AM on 04/27/2010
this sounds AWESOME to me! especially since it's Ridley doing them. It's better to have two films than to jam everything into one. It worked for Lord of The Rings. Those movies wouldn't have been as good if they jammed everything into one film.
this sounds AWESOME to me! especially since it's Ridley doing them. It's better to have two films than to jam everything into one. It worked for Lord of The Rings. Those movies wouldn't have been as good if they jammed everything into one film.
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10:23PM on 04/26/2010

Sweet...

I'm down for this. I like all of the Alien movies (even the vs. Predator ones), as well as the books, comic books, toys, etc. I've been a huge fan of Aliens since I saw it in the theater with my mom back in 1986, I was 9 years old then...
I'm down for this. I like all of the Alien movies (even the vs. Predator ones), as well as the books, comic books, toys, etc. I've been a huge fan of Aliens since I saw it in the theater with my mom back in 1986, I was 9 years old then...
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8:39PM on 04/26/2010
FUCK Alien vs Predator!
FUCK Alien vs Predator!
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6:25PM on 04/26/2010
This doesn't make any sense at all. Alien Vs. Predator WAS a prequel. Why the hell do we need another one?
This doesn't make any sense at all. Alien Vs. Predator WAS a prequel. Why the hell do we need another one?
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8:16PM on 04/26/2010
hmmm... I'd call that more of a spinoff
hmmm... I'd call that more of a spinoff
7:28PM on 04/27/2010
It did gives us the origins of the Aliens. And the origins of man. The Predators are responsible for everything.

God those AvP movies were horrible.
It did gives us the origins of the Aliens. And the origins of man. The Predators are responsible for everything.

God those AvP movies were horrible.
6:16PM on 04/26/2010

Do ALIEN 5

Earth War, Saving Private Ryan style with grunts against wave after wave of aliens on earth. It's the only way to go. The Aliens themselves aren't scary any more so go bigger rather than trying to recapture the tense horror of the first one.
Earth War, Saving Private Ryan style with grunts against wave after wave of aliens on earth. It's the only way to go. The Aliens themselves aren't scary any more so go bigger rather than trying to recapture the tense horror of the first one.
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5:41AM on 04/27/2010
I think your idea is actually pretty cool, but I disagree that the "Aliens themselves aren't scary anymore." It's not that at all. It's just that the folks behind most of the Alien sequels/spinoffs really don't know how to make a suspensful film.
I think your idea is actually pretty cool, but I disagree that the "Aliens themselves aren't scary anymore." It's not that at all. It's just that the folks behind most of the Alien sequels/spinoffs really don't know how to make a suspensful film.
5:48PM on 04/26/2010

Great!

Ridley Scott's triumphant return to the science fiction genre! Two films? Sounds excellent, he can count on me being in line opening day (2x).

Just keep Predator, prison planet Fiorina 161, and the alien/human hybrid away from this please!
Ridley Scott's triumphant return to the science fiction genre! Two films? Sounds excellent, he can count on me being in line opening day (2x).

Just keep Predator, prison planet Fiorina 161, and the alien/human hybrid away from this please!
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3:19PM on 04/26/2010

YES!

Ridley needed to return to the sci-fi genre in some capacity, I'm just glad he's doing the Alien prequels over some hack job they could have gotten. I trust Ridley will make two amazing films, and make them just as gripping and terrifying as the first.
Ridley needed to return to the sci-fi genre in some capacity, I'm just glad he's doing the Alien prequels over some hack job they could have gotten. I trust Ridley will make two amazing films, and make them just as gripping and terrifying as the first.
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1:26PM on 04/26/2010
I like the idea of an origin story for the Aliens and how and why the Weyland Corp want these so bad for their weapons division.

But what I would love to see more is a sequel with Sigourney Weaver and even Michael Biehn and a grown up version of the character Newt that ignores Alien 3 and Resurrection.
I like the idea of an origin story for the Aliens and how and why the Weyland Corp want these so bad for their weapons division.

But what I would love to see more is a sequel with Sigourney Weaver and even Michael Biehn and a grown up version of the character Newt that ignores Alien 3 and Resurrection.
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1:05PM on 04/26/2010

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12:09PM on 04/26/2010

totally agree with Spraragen

ridley's best work, or at least my favorite, is all his scifi stuff... And as far as Im concerned, hes the father of modern scifi film ... with the exception of 2001, star wars and trek, there are no more popular and well-recevied scifi films than blade runner and alien.


@ Maic you get no encouragement that the man who made part one is finally back at the helm? i know I do.

As the article says, if he has a 2-film plot already, I think thats a good sign, and I especialyl love
ridley's best work, or at least my favorite, is all his scifi stuff... And as far as Im concerned, hes the father of modern scifi film ... with the exception of 2001, star wars and trek, there are no more popular and well-recevied scifi films than blade runner and alien.


@ Maic you get no encouragement that the man who made part one is finally back at the helm? i know I do.

As the article says, if he has a 2-film plot already, I think thats a good sign, and I especialyl love long-novel-esque scifi, so I would cetainly be sold for another few hours of alien from the man who created the series ... One worriesome detail, however, is his recent statement that he no longer likes the Giger designs for the aliens... without those, I'm not sure it is an alien movie.
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12:04PM on 04/26/2010

Have faith!

If it were some low life director trying to cash in on the franchise I would be worried. But it isn't, this is Ridley F'in Scott we are talking about. I know his past few movies weren't up to par with his talents but I believe thats because they weren't his strong point. He is a sci-fi and fantasy film maker IMO, they were his best films. Not these gangster/war movies he has been fixated on.
If it were some low life director trying to cash in on the franchise I would be worried. But it isn't, this is Ridley F'in Scott we are talking about. I know his past few movies weren't up to par with his talents but I believe thats because they weren't his strong point. He is a sci-fi and fantasy film maker IMO, they were his best films. Not these gangster/war movies he has been fixated on.
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12:04PM on 04/26/2010
yeah, this will suck BIG TIME, thats for sure...
for me the Alien films also stopped at the 1st Alien, the rest DID NOT EXIST for me. so as far as im concerned, this is just another way to suck a little more milk from the fat cows tits, pardon my french :p
yeah, this will suck BIG TIME, thats for sure...
for me the Alien films also stopped at the 1st Alien, the rest DID NOT EXIST for me. so as far as im concerned, this is just another way to suck a little more milk from the fat cows tits, pardon my french :p
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2:02PM on 04/26/2010
Come on, not even the second one? It was amazing and IMO, the movie that best stands the test of time.
Come on, not even the second one? It was amazing and IMO, the movie that best stands the test of time.
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11:57AM on 04/26/2010

better not suck

Thumbs up as long as these are stand-up films, and not another bug hunt.
Thumbs up as long as these are stand-up films, and not another bug hunt.
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12:18PM on 04/26/2010
i like wut u did dere
i like wut u did dere
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