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."
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.