Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel; Neil Marshall & Sam Raimi Teaming Up??

Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel News:

Director Ridley Scott

Big news on the Alien prequel project.  And yes; Ridley Scott is directing!!  He recently sat down with MTV for a pretty long interview (see complete interview here).  Here’s what he had to say about the plot of the prequel:

Scott: 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?

MTV: Of course.

Scott: 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.

Scott keeping good company!!

Sounds pretty interesting.  And then last Friday April 23, 2010 hitfix.com reported that Scott and Russell Crowe sat down for a press day on the upcoming Robin Hood movie where some steered the conversation towards the Alien prequel.  Among other things he confirmed that he’ll be shooting the prequel in 3D!!  As Scott put it, “Of course it will be in 3D.”  That’s pretty good confirmation!!  And then when the press Q & A was ending a reporter mentioned how he was curious as to what the prequel will look like for the upcoming Alien project.  To this Scott replied, “Prequels.  Two films.”  WOW … now we’re getting 2 Alien prequels!!  As hitflix.com writes:

“He won’t shoot them back-to-back, evidently, but they’re developing two films that will build to the events of the first Alien, and hoping to shoot the first one later this year.”

Pretty exciting news!!

Neil Marshall & Sam Raimi Teaming Up?

Director Neil Marshall & his future partners.

Joblo.com reports that while out promoting his upcoming film Centurion, Neil Marshall confirmed that he’s hoping his next project will be the movie Burst.  The plot concerns “a group of stranded travelers who meet during a blizzard and get stalked by a malevolent force that makes people spontaneously combust.”  Interesting!!  But hey; it’s Marshall.  I’d watch a remake of Terms of Endearment if he directed it!!  Marshall is hoping to start production this summer.  Both Lionsgate and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House will be involved with the film.  And yes; it’s gonna be released in 3D.  Let’s hope Raimi is a silent partner here.  Raimi still needs to prove to me that he still “has it” after the very disappointing Drag Me To Hell.  I know he has another kick ass flick in him, but that one certainly wasn’t it!!

I’ll keep ya updated as I find out more.

Stay Bloody!!

Director Neil Marshall looking comfy!!

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6 Responses to Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel; Neil Marshall & Sam Raimi Teaming Up??

  1. l3pr3chaun says:

    Love it! These two bits of news made my day. I hope none of the projects are made into 3-D but I guess they have to sell tickets somehow. LOL. I will also watch anything that these 3 directors make. All are talented and even with their less than stellar work can find a way to keep my attention.

    • Absolutely Bill. I’m not crazy about all of Ridley Scott’s films (his Robin Hood looks really pretentious), but he ALWAYS makes a helluva movie!!

      Alien prequel in 3D could be interesting!!

  2. autumnforest says:

    I’m excited, but I have to say–I wish the 3D movie and $17 tickets would just go to hell. It’s the worst kind of gimimick to get folks into the theater. The fact is, the industry pusts their DVDs of movies out within 5 months of being on the screen. Nowadays, I sit back and say “is it worth seeing on the big screen?” and usually only SciFi or a good Horror need to be seen that way. Otherwise, I wait for DVD. The 3D thing is probably more likely to keep me out of the theater. I really don’t want to wear the glasses and have my vision all f’d up watching things coming and going. I hope the phase dies off quick.

  3. Demian says:

    Ridley Scott has directed one of my favorite movies of all time Blade Runner! I will watch whatever he puts out, crap or not. I can’t wait to see how he revisits alien.

    • I agree Demian. They are doing so many things right here: Instead of a remake they are doing a prequel (well actually 2 prequels) and instead of hiring any schmuck they are getting Ridley Scott!! I can’t wait to see what he comes up with after being away from the franchise for so long. I’m pretty excited about these projects!!