Ridley Scott Possibly Eyeing 'Alien' Prequel?

Some interesting information comes out of the 'Wolverine' red carpet premiere.
It seems that a new sci-fi prequel may indeed be gearing up for production. IESB was on the red-carpet of the Tempe, AZ premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the site caught up to Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman, who had some interesting things to say about a prequel film to Alien.

"There's been some talk. Ridley Scott, Ridley is right now working on Robin Hood, but I think he's toying with the idea and that would be great for us. I mean, it's always been a matter of, really, if you can get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing, so I've got my fingers crossed, all of them."


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Alien was released May 25th, 1979 and stars Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.



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Comments (63)

  1. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I actually agree with you Lone Wolf, but how the Aliens & Predators met is never actually revealed, cant remember it from the books, its been a while since i've read them but i know its never explained through on the comics story arcs.

    I do actually agree with you, though. I want an AVP film in Space, on a ship and on an unknown planet just to bring back the feel and settings that both franchises had.

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  2. T.Clark

    3 was alright...i just didn't like how the premise was so random.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  3. CB Junior

    Forget what I said about hating Alien 3, because it wasn't that bad. It wasn't great, or on the same level as 1 and 2, but it wasn't that bad. Resurrection is the one that nearly ruined it for me, not so much 3.

    5 years agoby @cbjuniorFlag

  4. Soylent Green:The Devil's Eyes

    OF COURSE THEY ARE!

    5 years agoby @jcisawesomeFlag

  5. Messenger

    I liked all except Res. David Fincher did well with 3.

    5 years agoby @messengerFlag

  6. CB Junior

    I know that Alien 3 and Resurrection where bad, and those movies almost ruined the Alien character for me, so I agree with you. But the reason I chose AVPR, is because it was a small movie. It wasn't big like any of the the other Alien movies. The acting, direction, and special effects in AVPR where bad, and that's why I hated it so much.

    5 years agoby @cbjuniorFlag

  7. T.Clark

    CB, out of all the crap movies that Alien has been in, you choose AVP-R, which was actually pretty decent compared to the "why the f*ck are they on a prison planet?" Alien 3, the "what the f*ck is happening here" Resurrection, and the "let's make the Predator a good guy who runs in slo-mo with a black chick" AVP.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  8. Draktyr

    Yes. Bring. Back. Ridley! :D

    5 years agoby @draktyrFlag

  9. CB Junior

    Since Ridley Scott directed the original one, I have every reason to trust that he will make a good prequel. The Alien character needs a good movie after being in the terrible AVPR.

    5 years agoby @cbjuniorFlag

  10. Lone Wolf

    Oh, "Ottley", I have already read all of the books for all three franchises, so I know there origins. I was just saying that the third "AVP" should be the film to explain it all. I know that most people hate the AVP films, but I love them, especially the second one, even though it had a thin plot, it still set up for a third one, and even hints that it will follow the book series. I would like to see the third be longer though, you know, around the same runtime that "ALiens" was, which was about 156 mins. long. It will give the film more time for a good plot development.

    5 years agoby @54729Flag

  11. Avian

    I would love to see him come back to the Alien franchise.

    Too make things beeter, RS and JC should direct it together.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  12. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    The story of LV 426 is explain through the books.

    ROTFLMAO @ marcus comment, ET & Aliens with predator....They can all talk on BT landlines

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  13. Marcus-07

    Good, great idea....I would like to see how Aliens and Predators met. The origin of Alien is in no relationship with men,so now...they can put another "E.T." with it,or they can cross Alien history with little of Predator history. That should be fun.....but I don't really care about this.

    5 years agoby @marcus-07Flag

  14. Lone Wolf

    Plus, the third "AVP" movie si going to be the prequel to the first "Alien" movie. It will explain everything supposedly, like why the ship is on "LV-426" and what the giant humanoid is on it.

    5 years agoby @54729Flag

  15. Lone Wolf

    If he directs this, then I'm all for it. But it would probably be best if he didn't, wouldn't want to risk making another crappy "Alien" movie, like the epic failure that is "Alien: Ressurection". I think they should just wrap up the "AVP" franchise (sorry to thos who hate those films) with an epic, third installment, and then leave all three franchises alone, movie-wise.

    5 years agoby @54729Flag

  16. Vamp

    I'm kind of with Ottley on this one. How the f*ck would they be able to make an interesting prequel for "Alien?"

    5 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  17. Buriblazing

    awesome this would be cool

    5 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  18. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Actually No.
    I still think the idea is stupid, i just don;t see the concept of an Alien prequel being interesting, despite how much i like Ridley Scott and the Alien Franchise.
    The Xenomorph backstory could be interesting, but i doubt its entertaining, this could only be interesting if very well structured and developed, but i just don't find the backstory that was given in Alien, nessceary to be put to film, since there is a book on it.

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag

  19. clinton

    Awesome....... i just hope that FOX stays with it THIS time

    5 years agoby @clintonFlag

  20. T.Clark

    Let me guess, JA, you're gonna come back to this thread in a few hours saying "this idea is stupid, but luckily, with me being a director that no one's heard of, i've come up with an idea for it on top of all my other fantasy projects"

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. XJWS79

    Well it certainly sounds interesting but only if Ridley Scott directs it.

    5 years agoby @xjws79Flag

  22. Err

    its a great idea, but i dont see it happening.

    5 years agoby @err2005Flag

  23. DasBoot

    this sounds pretty sweet

    5 years agoby @dasbootFlag

  24. Clockworkcookie

    If Scott is the one directing, then I'm totally receptive to the idea :)

    5 years agoby @clockworkcookieFlag

  25. killahmovieisbak

    didnt somebody on here the other day say something about they'll die if an Alien remake came out?!?! well t isnt a remake but its another Alien Movie and to me it doesnt sound like it could be good but Rifley scott is dope so lets see...and on top of that he is the originator he mite just do the dam thing with it

    5 years agoby @killahmovieisbakFlag

  26. righthandofdoom

    Thats awesome.

    5 years agoby @righthandofdoomFlag

  27. -comrade-

    Ridley Scott doing an Alien Prequel makes more sense than another sh*tty AVP movie, or (God please no) another Alien sequel. I really like this idea. The sequels just turned into cheap excuses for action, when there could have been more place for the development of the Xenomorph backstory. Ripley's great, but we've seen four movies about her.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  28. Twisted Smile

    Sounds cool, but I would like to hear more.

    5 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  29. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Ok i don;'t even know how to comprehend how stupid this idea is...A Alien Prequel.
    Also could that concept be put into a interesting movie, Shelley?

    Because we know the distress signal was due to an alien attack, hardly interesting.

    5 years agoby @chronicFlag