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Snowtrooper
11-24-2009, 08:06 PM
I'm sure some of you have already heard that they are making a prequel to ALIEN and that Ridley Scott is slated to direct it. The release date is supposed to be some time in 2011. Its supposed to take place some 30 yrs before the events of ALIEN, which likely means that Ripley wont be a part of it. It sounds like it will be about the space jockey race, how the Alien was discovered/created, and how the derelict ended up on LV426.

I'm glad that Ridley is directing it, but I'm not sure if I want to know all this backstory. Not knowing where the derelict ship, the space jockey, and the cargo hold full of eggs came from added more mystery to the Alien itself. Unless its done just right, it will detract from the original itself. I don't know about the timeline either. I liked to speculate that the derelict had been sitting there for hundreds, maybe a thousand years, the last survivor of a war or disaster involving the Aliens. Thirty years just doesn't seem long enough.

I'll most likely see it when it comes out, but I know it wont compare to the original. Maybe Ridley will surprise me.

So what do you guys think?

elvandrik
11-24-2009, 08:37 PM
It sould suck, it could also really rock. They are also coming out with a Mad Max sequel in 2011.

Maradona
11-24-2009, 08:53 PM
What I find most interesting about this prequel is that if Ridley Scott directs, it may foreshadow James Cameron directing another Aliens film. Many years ago, and the place I read it escapes me now since it was pre-Titanic and pre-AICN, Cameron said the only way he'd direct another Alien film was if Scott directed another one before him. Should this occur, coupled perhaps with Avatar flopping either critically and/or commercially, a Cameron Alien film doesn't seem completely outside the realm of possibility.

2-1B
11-24-2009, 10:09 PM
Avatar flopping either critically and/or commercially,

I think that's a good bet! ;)

Ando
11-25-2009, 10:45 AM
I am definitely interested in this AND I would really love to see the Alien homeworld. It'd be interesting to see where along the food chain these things are.

Here is the IMDB.com entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/)

Snowtrooper
11-25-2009, 12:45 PM
I see they have Dan O'Bannon and Ron Shusett as the writers, which is another good sign. Jon Sphaits I'm not familiar with, though. Has he been a part of some movies that are any good?

DarthQuack
11-25-2009, 04:25 PM
I'm a huge fan of the series as well as the idea behind the prequel. Sign me up.! :thumbsup:

bigbarada
11-26-2009, 01:01 AM
I'll definitely watch it if Ripley isn't in the film. Making her character the focus of the franchise was a huge mistake, IMHO.

2-1B
11-27-2009, 04:16 PM
I'll definitely watch it if Ripley isn't in the film. Making her character the focus of the franchise was a huge mistake, IMHO.

Agreed.

I thought she was great in Alien, tolerable to include in Aliens so that was fine, but her being in 3 and 4 were completely unnecessary, I felt.

bigbarada
11-28-2009, 12:48 AM
Agreed.

I thought she was great in Alien, tolerable to include in Aliens so that was fine, but her being in 3 and 4 were completely unnecessary, I felt.

I wouldn't have minded her so much in Alien 3 if they hadn't killed off Newt and Cpl. Hicks before the film even started. That pretty much made the entire second film completely pointless.

Bringing her back in Alien: Resurrection as some sort of cloned alien/human hybrid was just unforgivably stupid. That movie was horrible from start to finish.

El Chuxter
11-28-2009, 01:26 AM
Alien 3 should never have happened. Dark Horse was doing comics prior to its release, starring a grown-up Newt, which were totally invalidated by the release of that pile of crap. Sadly, they were much, much better than any film version of the aliens that follows Aliens*. I slightly prefer Alien Resurrection to Alien 3, since at least it wasn't full-on spitting on a vastly superior storyline.

To me, there are only two Alien movies, and I'm not sure I want to see a prequel. Every time they try to revisit the premise, they only embarrass themselves and reaffirm how great both true Alien movies are.

*--This, of course, does not include the Alien skulls seen on the Predator spaceship in Predator 2, which was almost as awesome as the first, and had a better final battle.

jonthejedi
11-28-2009, 02:44 AM
...course, Ridley Scott IS involved.

Ando
11-30-2009, 11:00 AM
*--This, of course, does not include the Alien skulls seen on the Predator spaceship in Predator 2, which was almost as awesome as the first, and had a better final battle.

I still get excited about seeing that Alien skull when I watch Predator 2.

The DH Alien VS. Predator comics were AWESOME. I wish I knew what happened to my copies.

autumnsdescent
11-30-2009, 11:12 AM
Hmmm. I'll be the odd one out and say Alien 3 was my favorite of the franchise. It went back to the roots of one alien, no weapons, and it wipes out an entire colony. The main character dies at the end of the film. Perfect fit for the end of the franchise... or so we thought.

I'm not real big on most movies where even the good guys are bad guys. Alien Resurrection is one of them where there was no clear line in who to cheer for.

I am curious to see where how the prequel plot develops.

Tycho
12-01-2009, 11:51 PM
I think the Aliens should have been genetically engineered by the Predators for the ultimate hunt, and they got out of control.

Perhaps a 3rd party made them for the Predators.

I don't see how any humans could be involved in this story. Well, there are ways. Will Captain Archer make an appearance?

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Mad Max sequel? Follow-up to Thunderdome?

I think they should leave it alone.

Unless there is an extensive 12 minute sequence of barbarians whipping Mel Gibson. I could watch that. But at the 4 1/2 minute mark, they should give him a drink and ask him about his opinion of Jewish people.