Now that Ridley Scott is on the press circuit to talk about Robin Hood, Alien prequel talk is resurfacing. And it’s no longer just a pipe dream. Scott says it’s happening – a visual palette is being designed, concept art is being hashed out and a script is being finalized. But what’s it about? Here are excerpts from MTV’s interview.
“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 … 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 … [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.”
Scott says he’ll be approaching H.R. Giger to talk creature designs in an effort to create something new because he feels, “The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out.” Very interesting.
Dark Horse Comics explored the whole “Space Jockey” story long ago.