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A prequel to ALIEN has no doubt ruffled the feathers of most genre fans and no matter what you think of the third and fourth entries, the AVP flicks can only be considered the desecration of the iconic monsters. When Ridley Scott (one of the greatest living filmmakers, who’s still making great films) officially signed on to direct the prequel a hefty amount of faith was injected into the idea of a new entry, but we haven’t heard much since then. Thankfully, Scott shed some light on the subject, read on for what he had to say!
While doing press for the upcoming ROBIN HOOD, MTV asked Scott a good deal about what to expect from an ALIEN prequel, which is now on its fourth draft, has a plot locked in and is waiting for the director to estimate a budget. Here’s a bit from the piece about what the story entails:
“It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair. Remember that?
And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says "There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?" I'm basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I'm explaining who the space jockeys were.”
And as far as if Weyland-Yutani exists at this point in the mythology, he says,
“It's Weyland. Weyland hasn't joined Yutani yet, so they go and see Weyland. [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.”
Click here for the full interview which includes more info on the development progress of the film and the possible design of the early Aliens (and involvement of HR Giger) and keep your eyes on Fango for more news as it comes in.
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