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UPDATED: Ridley Scott talks about the Alien prequel – Space Jockey, Giger and more

Posted by LiveFor on April 23, 2010

If you didn’t know (where have you been), Ridley Scott is returning to the daddy of all space horror films with his prequel to Alien.

Until now we knew nothing about the plot and it was all rumours and guesses. Now Scott has had a chat with MTV about what, and who, we will see in the film. Yes that does include the Space Jockey.

“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?”

“[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,” he explained. “Weyland hasn’t joined Yutani yet, so they go and see Weyland,” Scott said.

“Well, the main character [in the prequel] will be a woman, yeah,” he revealed. “We’re thinking it could go down that route, yeah. When I started the original ‘Alien,’ Ripley wasn’t a woman, it was a guy. During casting, we thought, ‘Why don’t we make it a woman?'”

Turns out he thinks the original Alien designs are looking a little worn out, but Scott is already giving serious thought to collaborating with Giger again on a redesign.

“Yeah, he’s still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we’ll certainly talk. And maybe we’ll come up with something completely different.”

Sounds promising doesn’t it and if it has just half the greatness of the original then we are in for a treat. Made up we will find out more about the Space Jockey.

UPDATE: Collider spoke to Ridley Scott who confirmed that there would be two prequels and that he would be shooting in 3D.

What do you want to see in an Alien prequel? Will Lance Henriksen be in it as a another Wayland character?

4 Responses to “UPDATED: Ridley Scott talks about the Alien prequel – Space Jockey, Giger and more”

  1. anotherzen said

    hopefully Henrisken will be in it, he is most def. the face of Weyland as whe know it

  2. Aesqe said

    i have complete faith in ridley scott, but i wouldn’t want to see aliens redesigned, even with giger on board. their design is certainly not worn out or outdated, it’s just perfect for such a creature.

    this and whedon helming the avengers == awesomeness 😀

  3. anotherzen said

    two prequels :O maybe theyll try and get Cameron on in on the action for one of them, that would just make my decade ^^

  4. Rudy M Alapag Jr said

    well, I would love 2 see Weyland again since Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Vs Predator 1. I’m game 2 see him 1 more time. I hope his character got something 2 do with the creatures and the Space Jockey(s) themselves.

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