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Ridley Scott on ‘Aliens’ Prequel
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Ridley Scott on ‘Aliens’ Prequel

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Director Ridley Scott recently spoke about his prequel to the sci-fi classic ‘Aliens’ Regarding the progress he said, “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.”

On the storyline Scott stated, “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?” He also indicated that it may also have a female hero saying, “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?””

When asked why he returned to the franchise he said, “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.”

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