The last time Ridley Scott tried to explain the juicy details of his prequel to the 1979 classic, Alien, we all got a little confused. He mentioned that it was very difficult to put a year on Alien, but “if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior,” whatever that means. This time around, Mr. Scott was clearer when talking to MTV about ’Alien‘ prequel details. From the looks of the interview, this is the most Scott has said on the project — Screenplay, space Jockeys, and no Sigourney Weaver? These are the subjects being discussed thus far…
“As we speak, I’ve got a pile of pages next to me; it’s like the fourth draft. It’s a work in progress, but we’re not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is…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 … 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 … [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.
After so many sequels and franchises after Alien, it’s hard to believe that even with said plot, Alien will be as good as the classic. However, to add some more credibility to this prequel Scott has said that he will consult the original alien designer H.R. Giger. Mr. Scott is hoping for a late 2011, early 2012 release date. Meanwhile, we all have Robin Hood to forward to.
What do you think of the Alien prequel details?