A few days ago, Bloody-Disgusting reported that 20th century Fox was going to remake “Alien” and director Carl Rinsch would be helming the movie. Immediately fandom exploded with venom. I think one of the main reasons is that the original is a classic, and 20th Century Fox hasn’t been making films of that caliber recently.
So at today’s junket for Tony Scott’s new film “The Taking of Pelham 123″, I went up Tony after the press conference ended to ask him what was up with the remake.
The big news is he confirmed Carl Rinsch would be directing it and that it’s a prequel to his brother Ridley’s classic!
What Tony told me is after the jump:
Collider: 20th Century Fox is talking about remaking or redoing the original Alien. What’s going on with that?
alien_xenomorph_02.jpgTony Scott: Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He’s one of our directors at our company.
Collider: I’m going to be blunt about this. Fox has not been doing a great job recently with their movies. They haven’t been an artist friendly studio. Are you guys going to have some creative control and make this a kick-ass film?
Tony: Yes! But Fox is our home. They finace our production company.
Collider: And I’m very happy that you guys have the financing. But a lot of the films they’ve been doing at the studio level, they’ve been nickel and diming and not giving fandom what they want. So I guess my question for you is…are you a little nervous about reengaging the franchise or are you excited.
Tony: I’m excited cause Ridley created the original and Carl Rinsch is one of the family.
Collider: When do you envision this film getting in front of cameras?
Tony: Hopefully the end of the year.
Collider: Will it be a summer of 2011 movie?
Tony: Honestly, I don’t know.
While I wish I could give you more info, I only had moments to talk with him. Look for more “Alien” info as I get it.
― Vokuhila (latebloomer), Saturday, 30 May 2009 00:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
alien academy it is then
― Vokuhila (latebloomer), Saturday, 30 May 2009 00:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
'Alien' prequel takes offRidley Scott attached to return as directorBy MICHAEL FLEMING
Twentieth Century Fox is resuscitating its "Alien" franchise. The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott attached to return as director.
Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free, which will produce the film.
The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.
The deal gives Fox another chance to keep the "Alien" franchise alive. There were three sequels to Scott's original, but it is the first time the director has set his mind on directing one.
Spaihts has become a go-to-guy for space thrillers. After Keanu Reeves became attached to his Warner Bros. sci-fi script "Shadow 19," Reeves hired Spaihts to write the space journey epic "Passengers," which is berthed at Morgan Creek. That script got Spaihts the meeting with Fox and Scott Free, and he won the job with an "Alien" reboot take that the studio and Scott loved.
Fox has separately hired him to rewrite "The Darkest Hour," which Timur Bekmambetov to produce with Tom Jacobson. Spaihts is writing "Children of Mars" for Disney and Scott Rudin, and he will follow by rewriting "St. George and the Dragon" for Sony and Red Wagon.
― numxhuxks (latebloomer), Friday, 31 July 2009 06:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
What a great opportunity to show us the missing alien life stage! We've seen alien babies and adults, but now with today's CGI, we'll be able to see the Alien as a teenager!
― StanM, Friday, 31 July 2009 08:06 (3 years ago) Permalink
Is he troubled and rambunctious like a young Kirk, or troubled and intense like a young Spock?
― numxhuxks (latebloomer), Friday, 31 July 2009 08:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
"What is the purpose of this?"$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
― im a fucking unicorn you douchebags (forksclovetofu), Friday, 31 July 2009 13:31 (3 years ago) Permalink
who would play him
― dim sum dude (s1ocki), Friday, 31 July 2009 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink
Andy Serkis probably
― Number None, Friday, 31 July 2009 13:47 (3 years ago) Permalink
what an opportunity for the rourkester
― unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 31 July 2009 13:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
some early footage from the reamake has leaked:
― krampus activities (latebloomer), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
I can't watch the video at work to confirm whether that's a joke or not, but my understanding was that the latest news was that Ridley Scott was going to be directing an Alien prequel rather than producing a remake?
― Zoo Snickers (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
― akira goldsman (s1ocki), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink
― you are wrong I'm bone thugs in harmon (omar little), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:21 (3 years ago) Permalink
― krampus activities (latebloomer), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
t isn't overstating things to say that Ridley Scott is among the greatest filmmakers of all time, and "Alien" is among the greatest films of all time. So how could anyone not be eager to learn every little detail about his prequel to the 1979 classic?
On Thursday (April 22), we caught up with the "Robin Hood" director to speak with him for next week's MTV Summer Movie Preview. And when he mentioned that he was feasting his eyes upon the latest "Untitled 'Alien' Prequel" script pages, we couldn't help but ask some questions.
What followed might be the most revealing interview Sir Ridley has given thus far on the top-secret project. Read on for exclusive details concerning the prequel's plot, creature design and the woman — not named Sigourney Weaver — who will soon be kicking alien ass:
MTV: We're very excited about your return to the "Aliens" world — what's going on with it at this point?
Ridley Scott: As we speak, I've got a pile of pages next to me; it's like the fourth draft. It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot]. It's a work in progress, but we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film.
Scott: Now it's a matter of, how good can I get the screenplay in the next few weeks so I can get a good ballpark figure of what it will cost. I've already got people working graphically on designs for the various requirements of the film.
MTV: Since this is a prequel, will you need to make the ships more primitive-looking than in "Alien"?
Scott: It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair. Remember that?
MTV: Of course.
Scott: And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says "There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?" I'm basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I'm explaining who the space jockeys were.
MTV: And is the Weyland-Yutani company in existence at this point?
Scott: It's Weyland. Weyland hasn't joined Yutani yet, so they go and see Weyland. [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.
MTV: We know how obsessive "Alien" fans can get. Are you going to make a film that doesn't require having seen any of the other movies?
Scott: Totally. Yes. [People will still get it], because there's a lot of copying, dude.
MTV: There's a lot of copying of your movies.
Scott: There's a lot of homage. Is that the polite word? Homage? I call it something else. [Laughs.]
MTV: Will Sigourney Weaver have any participation at all?
Scott: It will be before she was born!
MTV: So not even a voice-over, explaining things? Nothing?
Scott: Well, the main character [in the prequel] will be a woman, yeah. We're thinking it could go down that route, yeah. When I started the original "Alien," Ripley wasn't a woman, it was a guy. During casting, we thought, "Why don't we make it a woman?"
MTV: So will you be creating new aliens for your prequel?
Scott: What you have to do is — were there four or five "Alien" films? I can't remember how many followed.
MTV: There were three after you, then the "Alien vs. Predator" nonsense.
Scott: Yeah, the thing about "Alien vs. Predator" is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien," which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger.
Scott: I don't want to repeat it. The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out.
MTV: Will you consult the original alien designer, H.R. Giger, on these ideas?
Scott: Yeah, he's still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we'll certainly talk. And maybe we'll come up with something completely different.
MTV: In your mind, when do cameras begin rolling on the film?
Scott: We're hoping to have it in theaters in late 2011, or maybe the best date in 2012.
MTV: Have you given any thought on how you'll feel when you walk on set that first time, how you'll deal with the déjà vu from 1979?
Scott: Yeah, it'll be weird, because I always said I'll never do a sequel. [Laughs.]
MTV: What made you change your mind?
Scott: Honestly? They've squeezed the franchise dry. The first one will always be the most frightening, because the beast we put together with Giger and all its parts — the face-hugger, the chest-burster, the egg — they were all totally original, and that's hard to follow. ... I've always avoided sequels, unless I felt there was something fresh.
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
It isn't overstating things to say that Ridley Scott is among the greatest filmmakers of all time
noooo, not at all
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
and yes it's gonna be 3-D:
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Thursday, 29 April 2010 08:57 (3 years ago) Permalink
honestly don't know what to think
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 09:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
stoked for the disappointing retconned madness
― the big pink suede panda bear hurts (ledge), Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:12 (3 years ago) Permalink
pred ship pred ship pred ship
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
Ridley Scott migh't ve been on the way of becoming one of the greatest filmmakers of all time 25 years ago, but the kinda blew his chances, didn't he? What was his last great movie? Thelma & Louise?
Actually, Ridley Scott was kind of a predecessor to David Fincher: a couple of good movies and an undeniable technical talent made people think they were cinematic geniuses or something, but then they went and prove everyone wrong.
― Tuomas, Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:21 (3 years ago) Permalink
not really. i mean, the finch has only made seven films in 18 years, but the last but one was a masterpiece, his best yet. i liked "CCBB" too but i know most people don't.
scott was always more prolific, and also, while i like a lot of his films, i don't think there are many consistent themes running through his work. there definitely are in post-"seven" fincher.
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:24 (3 years ago) Permalink
Hmm, I hadn't thought about it like that. What do you think are the consistent themes in Fincher's movies, I haven't noticed.
If I were to choose betweem the two, I'd still choose Scott. Even though he's made a lot of crap compared to Fincher, no Fincher movie I've seen has been as perfect as Alien or Blade Runner. As interesting and ambitious as they are, there's always some flaw, something missing from them. I get the feeling that Fincher is technically gifted director who lives or dies by the scripts he's given - he doesn't write scripts, does he? (That's one reason why I compared him to Scott, who doesn't write his movies either.) I haven't seen Zodiac though, maybe I should watch it some day.
― Tuomas, Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
What do you think are the consistent themes in Fincher's movies, I haven't noticed.
can't really get into it -- i think i have elsewhere. it's a kind of buddhist thing tho, shit to do with control and chaos. "zodiac" makes it p clear though & u really shd watch it.
fincher (like most a-list directors) oversees the writing of his scripts -- doubt he does dialogue or whatever, but no, he doesn't just do what he's given.
it will be interesting to see how that works with his next one, however, which is written by aaron sorkin so unlikely to be s.thing he'd rewrite, i'd guess.
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
I can't wait to see what shade of washed-out green Fincher films his next movie in.
― Tracer Hand, Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:39 (3 years ago) Permalink
the alien-love inside me can't help but cheer that with ridley on this it will be pretty good. but on the other hand, all alien movies since 3 have been wank, so dunno what to think.
― bracken free ditch (Ste), Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:22 (3 years ago) Permalink
shill needs shootin'
― kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
Scott's last great movie was "Thelma and Louise"???
I need to go check a list of movies before, and movies since, but I mean......
― just darraghmac tbh (darraghmac), Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
"Black Hawk Down" is pretty great, but yeah, had he done "Duelists" through "Blade Runner" and then retired, we wouldn't have missed much save "Thelma & Louise." I've always been impressed by Scott's prolific nature, though, esp. if you take into account his work as a producer. He and Spielberg just crank them out, though Spielberg returns to specific themes again and again whereas Ridley Scott is more scattershot. "Matchstick Men?" "A Good Year?" Hell, "American Gangster?" Not what one would consider "typical" Ridley Scott fare, though admittedly these days "typical" means guys in the woods shooting flaming arrows.
― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:21 (3 years ago) Permalink
lotta ppl here ride for "kingdom of heaven"
im siked for "robin hood" too
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
HANNIBAL is v.underrated imho, a great black comedy
― Ward Fowler, Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
I forgot about Matchstick Men, that was pretty good movie. Not classic or anything (it pretty much followed the same pattern as most con man movies have done ever since House of Games, but totally enjoyable.
― Tuomas, Thursday, 29 April 2010 13:12 (3 years ago) Permalink
the finch has only made seven films in 18 years, but the last but one was a masterpiece, his best yet.
I have to assume that you, along with the rest of the population of Planet Earth, have chosen to forget that Benjamin Butthole ever happened.
― SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:12 (3 years ago) Permalink
no, i liked it.
but zodiac was his last but one.
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, 29 April 2010 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
mr. haircare tell me about this benjamin butthole picture you speak of
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Friday, 30 April 2010 02:17 (3 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, wtf Fincher? "Zodiac" was a masterpiece, but I couldn't make it past 30 minutes of "Button." And now you've got a Facebook movie on its way? And a remake of the overseas adaptation of "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo?" Fincher, you can do better.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 30 April 2010 02:52 (3 years ago) Permalink
the facebook movie is gonna own hard
you have to be "in the right place" for CCBB
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Friday, 30 April 2010 07:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
MTV: What made you change your mind?Scott: Honestly? They've squeezed the franchise dry.
Scott: Honestly? They've squeezed the franchise dry.
So what made him change his mind?
― broad layering (onimo), Friday, 30 April 2010 08:45 (3 years ago) Permalink
Alien father will be a CGI Billy Zane
― in movie 2001 resurrect thread on planet jupiter (Pillbox), Friday, 30 April 2010 09:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
I think he's implying something along the lines of "if they can't do anything more interesting with this series then maybe I, as its originator, can"
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Friday, 30 April 2010 14:50 (3 years ago) Permalink
this movie is gonna be a viking
― Tracer Hand, Friday, 30 April 2010 14:56 (3 years ago) Permalink
Alien prequels, that's where I'm a Space Jocket
― mierda defensa ... no impedir ... espectador (onimo), Friday, 30 April 2010 15:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
― one of your top-tier posters! (history mayne), Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:16 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark
i want to make a song out of this
― excitation needed (latebloomer), Friday, 30 April 2010 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
A little bit disappointing if true as I've read the first 30 pages of John Spaihts' script and if it actually got made it would cause fanboys worldwide to spontaneously combust with rage.
― Number None, Friday, 30 July 2010 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hahah do tell.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 30 July 2010 12:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
Let's just say it's been nicknamed "Gaylien"
― Number None, Friday, 30 July 2010 14:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
*spontaneously combusts with rage*
― F-Unit (Ste), Friday, 30 July 2010 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Roffle. That script must be filmed immediately.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 30 July 2010 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink