This is old news at this point, as pretty much everyone has heard about the upcoming Alien movie. Originally announced as a “reboot,” it’s now been revealed that the movie is a prequel (another word for “reboot that doesn’t negate what came before”). It’s still too early to tell if this will also respect the continuity established by the Alien vs. Predator movies, but it does appear that Fox is intending to revitalize both franchises separate from each other, which I’m thankful for. Remember when we were dying for an AvP movie, and now we stay up late at nights praying that they won’t make another one.
According to this interview with Collider, Tony Scott has confirmed that the movie will be directed by commercial director Carl Rinsch, and it’s a prequel to the original, which begs the question of how sequels will be done. Will we have a series of prequels? Will we eventually see these lead into a remake, or will be see storylines that occur simultaneously to the events in the original films. While the inclusion of Ridley and Tony Scott as producers helps others think that this might not be a totally bad idea, I’m not sure that either one’s film output for the last ten years really warrants that level of faith.
Still, I’m happy to see a new Alien film, and with Robert Rodriguez’ Predators on the horizon also, it might finally be a good time to be a fan again!