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?