Things appear to be moving along for a prequel to the original 1979 film Alien directed by Ridley Scott. The prequel will be Scott’s first return to directing an Alien film since the original and will take place approximately thirty years before the first film is set so don’t expect to see Sigourney Weaver returning to the role of Ripley any time soon.
In a recent interview with MTV, Scott stated that “It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’”.
If you recall the original film the Space Jockey was the creature sitting in the chair of the alien craft on LV-426 where the Nostromo crew located thousands of alien eggs.
So it sounds like after over 30 years we may actually see the origins of the craft that the Nostromo came across, will this lead to an explanation of how that ship ended up carrying so many eggs? Was there a queen onboard? What was the Space Jockey’s mission and will the new movie explore the origin of the aliens themselves?
There is probably some concern from the fan community as having unanswered questions of the past explained in a new movie hasn’t always led to the best results, however with Scott returning to direct and the possibility of new designs from H.R. Geiger I’m excited about the possibilities.
The Alien prequel is tentatively schedule for a 2011 or 2012 theatrical release.