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June 15, 2010 - Alien prequel / Ridley Scott speaks

Scooped on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

At a special presentation of Alien and Blade Runner held by The Los Angeles Times, director Ridley Scott was on hand to field questions from the audience. During the panel Scott spoke about how he came to direct Alien and also revealed new details about the two Alien prequel films he is currently working on.

  • "What we're going to try to do is squeeze in two prequels. . . if you explain who he was [the Space Jockey] and where did he come from. . . then you may want to find out where they came from, you might want to go to him and go to the place where his people come from," said Scott.
  • The second prequel would follow after the first one only if the first was well received. The script for the first prequel is done and filming could begin as early as January 2011.
  • Scott hinted that the Space Jockey's remains may not be skeletal as we assumed but the exterior of a suit. "I sat thinking about the franchise, which now has died on the road somewhere way back and lying in the dust, and thought what I should do is go back… in the first Alien, when John Hurt climbed up and over the top of the rise… there was a massive giant lying in a chair. The chair was either a form of engine or some piece of technology and I always thought no one has ever asked who was the space jockey."
  • He also hinted that the way faster-than-light travel is accomplished in the prequel will be scary. "But what we’re allowed to do by movies is to cheat like hell. But I think the closer it is to the truth, the closer it is to the technological feasibility then it becomes that much more interesting. And if it’s a film like the one I’m going to do, then it becomes that much more frightening," Scott was quoted as saying by Ain't It Cool News.
  • We will learn who the Space Jockey was and where his people come from.

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