As we speak, I've got a pile of pages next to me; it's like the fourth draft. It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot]. It's a work in progress, but we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film.Scott goes on to reveal what the focus of the story will be:
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?He also hints he has little time for the Alien Vs Predator tie-in films:
Yeah, the thing about "Alien vs. Predator" is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity.When asked if the designer of the original alien, H. R. Giger, would be involved, Scott replied:
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.All things considered, this is terrific news for Alien fans. The franchise seemed dead after the disappointing Alien 3 and rather ludicrous money-spinner Alien Resurrection, but if there's one man who can breathe new life into the franchise it's Scott. Alien remains a superb horror film to this day, so if he can recapture some of the spirit of that film, it will stand this prequel in very good stead.
You get the impression that Scott wouldn't even think about doing this film unless he felt he had a decent idea worth exploring, and he's certainly got that with the space jockey. The question of who this alien was, and why they were transporting a cargo of alien eggs was never answered, so it'll be interesting to see how this storyline develops. It's good as well that Giger is on board, and the possiblity that he might come up with a new alien design is a tantalising one (though tricky as well, since a brand-new alien type/appearance would raise continuity issues).
From what Scott has revealed, I get the impression the film will be more character-orientated and pyschological, as opposed to an all-guns-blazing action romp (in other words, more like Scott's own Alien, as opposed to James Cameron's Aliens).
We'll have to wait a while to find out, since the new film won't be released until 2011/2012, but hopefully it will be well worth the wait.
In related news - this is probably old news, but it's the first time I've heard of it - a third film in the Predator franchise has been confirmed, and filming is apparently already complete.