The idea of there being another Alien film has been going on forever. We’ve heard rumors of sequels, remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, and everything else under the sun for the franchise that was originally spawned by director Ridley Scott. Today I’ve learned from several legitimate sources that there will be another Alien film, but it will be a prequel. Over at Collider they caught up with Tony Scott and he confirmed this development and even announced it’s director.

Scott (brother to Ridley) stated that Carl Rinsch would be taking over to helm the next film in the popular series. He seemed ecstatic that the director would be a part of the franchise that his brother created.

Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company. I’m excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family.

He also stated that even though he can’t give a prediction as to when the film will be released, he expects production to begin sometime later this year. It turns out that Rinsch is a commercial and video director for Scott Free Productions. I know I shouldn’t hold that against him, because there are plenty of feature film directors who started out in the same arena. Plus, he’s gotten the stamp of approval from both Ridley and Tony Scott, those two are hard to please. They don’t like anybody!

I’m still weary on the idea of another installment of Aliens. Hollywood has gotten way too comfortable with overextended franchises that go beyond the trilogy point. Alien is one of the many sci-fi classics that they should put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on, but when executives smell money and opportunity there’s nothing we can do to stop them.

Are you interested in an Alien prequel?