Fans of the classic sci-fi franchise should now have a little something more to be excited about, as Variety reports that original Alien director Ridley Scott has decided to board the mother ship for another go-round behind the camera. This time, however, it'll be for a prequel to Scott's own 1979 film.
Ridley Scott Is Now Directing the 'Alien' Prequel
Originally an unknown (but talented) commercial director by the name of Carl Erik Rinsch was attached to direct the prequel, though there were rumors that 20th Century Fox wouldn't move forward unless Scott directed the thing himself. Personally, while Scott is definitely the more experienced director, I kinda feel like I wanted someone with fresh eyes to attack the franchise. The aging Ridley Scott hasn't visited this universe in over 20 years – what's to say he still has that touch? Perhaps a younger up-and-comer would've brought something new to the series. Then again, there's the flip-side to that same argument – perhaps a newbie director would hurt the prequel (although I'm not sure how much more you can hurt the franchise after two relatively crappy Alien vs. Predator movies).
As far as story goes for the prequel, look for it to revolve around the original ship from the first film that sent the distress signal which woke up Ripley's ship. Or perhaps they'll go back even further. Regardless, it should be fascinating to watch take shape.
What do you think of Ridley Scott directing the Alien prequel?
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