In Hollywood, no one can hear you think. With a remake / reboot of Predator on its way, 20th Century Fox may now be setting its sights on Alien. (That "popping" sound you just heard emanates from the burst blood vessels of a million fans.) An anonymous source told Bloody Disgusting that Fox is developing a remake of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. Another source says that the studio "is possibly working on an origins story, as opposed to a straight-up remake."
Considering how both the Alien and Predator franchises have been devalued, thanks to the low quality of AVP: Alien vs. Predator and AVP: Requiem, as well as Fox's recent, poor track record with action movies, my expectations are below zero. With Robert Rodriguez on board as producer and a July 2010 release date set, a new Predator is coming whether we want it or not. As a strictly business decision, it makes sense for Fox to keep remaking, rebooting, and making sequels to properties they own. As a huge fan of Alien, I just sigh. The picture, by the way, is from the Polish poster for the original.
For what it's worth, BD's tipster claims that Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, and Michael Costigan are on board for the next movie in the Alien series, and that Carl Rinsch has been hired to direct. (Here are four commercials he did for a car company.) Rinsch has worked for the Scotts since 2000. (Here's an article about how he originally got hired by the company.) Keep in mind that these rumors haven't been confirmed by the principals. Feel free to express your disgust and / or delight in the comments. In the meantime, enjoy once again the terrific original Alien trailer, as presented by our own Scott Weinberg.