Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel News:
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.
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?
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.