Alien 5 confirmed to be prequel

In front of cameras at end of year

Good, good news! Tony Scott has cleared up last week's rumours that a remake of Alien was on the way. It's actually a prequel movie that will explain the origins of the space jockey spaceship.

Last week we reported that a chap called Carl Rinsch has been tapped to direct it, which Scott confirmed. Rinsch has previously shot commercials for Tony and Ridley Scott's advertising company.

Speaking to Collider, Tony Scott said: "Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company.

"I’m excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family."

Scott also said that the movie would hopefully be in front of cameras by the end of the year.

Sounds like it's moved past the stage of being just a pet project Ridley's mulling over. If all goes well, we should have some more details very, very soon.


    • lynniebear

      Jun 1st 2009, 10:07

      Good stuff - a prequel! Alien was (and is) a defining sci-fi horror movie and there is no reason in the world to mess with it. I can breathe a sigh of relief now.

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    • Desperation

      Jun 1st 2009, 16:28

      A sigh of relief that it's not a remake, yes, but i'm still not convinced that even this prequel idea is a good one. Although, if Ridley Scott is involved in some way (as rumoured last week) then i suppose it has potential. I'll keep an open mind, but i'm still skeptical.

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    • agentblackacid

      Jun 1st 2009, 20:34

      Bollocks! What's the point? The great thing about Alien and say the original Star Wars trilogy for example, was the whole air of mystique about the back stories that tantalised the imagination... where did the jockey ship come from? What did he look like? How did Anakin turn to the Dark side? Clone wars? As proved with the latter, once you fill in these blanks that were essential to the audiences imagination you destroy everything that made it so good in the first place. Just like a magician revealing the magic trick. I rarely like to pre-judge or jump the gun but this could be even less imaginative than any sequel.

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    • Mattsimus

      Jun 1st 2009, 22:28

      A PREQUAL? have hollywood run out of ideas? i mean another bloody prequal, well why not they've already f####d every other franchise why not the last precious sci fi gem left on the shelf......WHAT A JOKE!!!

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    • thejonner

      Jun 2nd 2009, 12:07

      Who gives a toss WHERE the Aliens come from? Or the space jockey? It's pointless (unless you're a bean counting exec, of course) and will surely only detract from the original. As agentblack said, you're taking away the audience's imagination - we can ALL decide where the Aliens and space jockey are from... if we like. The WORST thing about this is the fact that I'm going to pay to see it, if only to see if I'm right. and those gits bloody well know it. Fort shame...

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    • thejonner

      Jun 2nd 2009, 12:07

      *For* shame, obviously...

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    • dogchasingcars

      Jun 3rd 2009, 17:07

      absolute bollocks.... why???? why would you??? seriously??? leave it alone for f***s sake! a prequel to the original alien isn't the story that needs telling. Maybe i could understand the story in the time between Alien3 and Resurrection??? dont know if im more offended by this prequel or the thought of a remake??

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    • strkr241

      Jun 8th 2009, 21:27

      I would like an Aliens Vs Predator film... not on Earth with winy people running away all the time. Just a film where the Predators have maybe bred Aliens from the queen, too many aliens have been made, take over the planet and the Predators have to go and kick their bums! I dont want to know where the space jocky came from. I either want a AVP film thats good or an Alien film that is original, unrelated to the other films and shows the Alien less, for better effect.

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