We're told that the Ridley Scott-helmed fifth Alien film is to be a prequel, which limits the possibilities somewhat.
Well, actually, not that much. We've put together 12 prequel plausible plots for Scott's Alien 5. And we'd happily pay to watch all of them.
Title: Alien Asteroid
The Plot: A typical man vs. space-bitch instalment in the established franchise format, but the filming style is the clincher.
Scott opts for a low-budget, retro-influenced Moon-type vibe, pitting a lone shipwrecked astronaut against a single lost alien on a silent and featureless near-future wasteland.
Most Awesome Scene: The final face-off, wherein the two creatures briefly grasp the futility of destroying their only living comrade on this drifting lump of icy rock. But then do it anyway.
Starring: Nobody you’ve ever heard of, except Alan Rickman as the voice of the ship’s computer.
Title: Alien 3D
The Plot: Another straight blaster that offers few surprises story-wise, but shot entirely in eye-popping, fantasy-influenced CGI.
Taking the baton from James Cameron’s Avatar, Scott makes a race of Xenomorph-human hybrids the stars of this show.
Most Awesome Scene: Hmm. Certainly NOT the graphic flashback sequence revealing that these unholy chimera were originally created through much ‘gentler’ human-beast interactions than facehugging. Grim.
Starring: Some solid voice talent - Mark Hamill, Mila Kunis, Sigourney Weaver in a controversial cameo for the much-picketed 'love' scene.