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Lost guy Damon Lindelof is rewriting the Alien prequel?

Jul. 28, 2010by: Dave Davis

The first two ALIEN movies are among my all-time favorite films, but even I'm not as interested in the story of the "Space Jockey" as Ridley Scott seems to be.

The filmmaker has been discussing his xenomorph prequel(s) for quite a while, and his plans to focus on mankind's interactions with the giant race that inadvertently delivered the alien death machines to LV426 in their funky horseshoe ship. He had a script by Jon Spaihts, but that seems to be getting a rewrite, and Scott will reportedly make another movie before his return to the lethal extraterrestrials.

According to Deadline, "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof is now taking a stab at the script. They claim that "Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film."

I really hope those ideas didn't include a huge stone cork that keeps the Aliens in their hive.

Extra Tidbit: I would honestly be thrilled if they just did a simple sci-fi suspense movie that makes the Alien terrifying again.

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11:04PM on 07/29/2010

space ship on Google Earth

Straight down from India near Antarctica is an island made of two volcanos. If you search around on the small volcano there is the Giger horseshoe space ship.
Straight down from India near Antarctica is an island made of two volcanos. If you search around on the small volcano there is the Giger horseshoe space ship.
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12:43PM on 07/29/2010
Lets just make a new sci fi/ horror movie please.
Lets just make a new sci fi/ horror movie please.
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8:14AM on 07/29/2010
Lindelof burnt his bridge with me I'm boycotting anything he has to do with.

I expect AVP, AVP:R-like results.
Lindelof burnt his bridge with me I'm boycotting anything he has to do with.

I expect AVP, AVP:R-like results.
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7:00AM on 07/29/2010

Agreed....leave the mystery be...AND...

For fuck's sake, don't give it to Lindeloff...he'll write himself into a corner, and then in a fit of despair, fail to answer hundreds of open questions and invent some Deux Ex Machina and tell us it was all a dream or purgatory....fuck Lindeloff.
For fuck's sake, don't give it to Lindeloff...he'll write himself into a corner, and then in a fit of despair, fail to answer hundreds of open questions and invent some Deux Ex Machina and tell us it was all a dream or purgatory....fuck Lindeloff.
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3:00AM on 07/29/2010

extra tidbit...

agreed
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1:07AM on 07/29/2010
This is great news. LOST was one of the (if not) best drama on television when it was on the air. Lindelof is a great writer and made LOST for what it was, awesome, smart, and entertaining. I think he'll do wonders with this movie because of the whole sci-fi thing, but I just don't want them to tell us too much in these prequels. Like "filmaddict" said, the more we know, the less scary the aliens become.
This is great news. LOST was one of the (if not) best drama on television when it was on the air. Lindelof is a great writer and made LOST for what it was, awesome, smart, and entertaining. I think he'll do wonders with this movie because of the whole sci-fi thing, but I just don't want them to tell us too much in these prequels. Like "filmaddict" said, the more we know, the less scary the aliens become.
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12:37AM on 07/29/2010

What ever happened to ambiguity?

I don't know about you guys, but part of the reason that Space Jockey in the first Alien movie was so creepy (that whole planet, in fact) is because you DON'T know what the hell it is or where it came from. Ditto for the actual alien. There's a certain ambiguity and uncertain nature to that film that makes it creepy.

I like Aliens as an action film, as most people do, but one issue I always had with it (and same with the Predator sequels) is that the more you explain and focus on these
I don't know about you guys, but part of the reason that Space Jockey in the first Alien movie was so creepy (that whole planet, in fact) is because you DON'T know what the hell it is or where it came from. Ditto for the actual alien. There's a certain ambiguity and uncertain nature to that film that makes it creepy.

I like Aliens as an action film, as most people do, but one issue I always had with it (and same with the Predator sequels) is that the more you explain and focus on these terrifying creatures, the less terrifying they become. The more they walk around on screen in plain sight, the more their histories are delved into, the less frightening they are. For me, that's why Rob Zombie's "Halloween" sucked - not just because it was "trashy" as most fans complained about, but because it tried to explain and give a motive to Michael Myers, who works better as an unmotivated and mysterious killer.

The more you learn about your fears and the more you rationalize and understand them, the less scary they become. I'm just worried that this prequel trend is going to undermine the inherent creepiness of that first Alien movie. I don't WANT to know who the Space Jockeys are. I don't WANT to know where the aliens came from. It's like that Patton Oswalt gag about preferring Angelina Jolie over Jon Voight's ballsack - I like what I like and don't need to go back to where it came from to appreciate it.
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11:54PM on 07/28/2010
Lost eventually proved itself to be the worst written show on television. I don't think even Ridley Scott could make a good film out of whatever convoluted garbage this guy will throw together.
Lost eventually proved itself to be the worst written show on television. I don't think even Ridley Scott could make a good film out of whatever convoluted garbage this guy will throw together.
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7:01AM on 07/29/2010
Agreed 100%, and from a guy who set his TV schedule around LOST for 6 years. I felt like I was punched in the nuts with the finale.
Agreed 100%, and from a guy who set his TV schedule around LOST for 6 years. I felt like I was punched in the nuts with the finale.
11:53PM on 07/28/2010
After the awful AVP movies, I think I'd be up for a good Alien movie. Heck, I think this idea had potential to be better than Alien 3 or 4. If they can bring Predators back, why not Alien.
After the awful AVP movies, I think I'd be up for a good Alien movie. Heck, I think this idea had potential to be better than Alien 3 or 4. If they can bring Predators back, why not Alien.
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11:21PM on 07/28/2010
Lindelof attached gives me a Woodrow Wilson in my presidential cabinet!
Lindelof attached gives me a Woodrow Wilson in my presidential cabinet!
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11:13PM on 07/28/2010
Great fuckin news. When I heard of prequels I groaned, but now I am pumped for these films.
Great fuckin news. When I heard of prequels I groaned, but now I am pumped for these films.
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