CATEGORIES Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, New Releases, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalWe haven't heard much about Ridley Scott's Alien prequel lately, but things definitely picked up over the last few days. The director spent some time talking about the film with The Independent recently, and then Gemma Arterton revealed that the filmmaker wants to meet with her about appearing in the film too (though her publicist has denied that to MTV). It's like an Alien bonanza all of the sudden!
Arterton, speaking to England's Sunday Times, revealed that the director wants to talk with her about starring in the film. Arterton says, "Ridley Scott saw Alice Creed and loved it. He wants me to meet for Aliens: The Remake, or something." Way to sound excited.
Scott's news was far more detailed, but somewhat troubling. He tells The Independent, "The film will be really tough, really nasty ... It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
Hit the jump to read more about Scott's new concept for the prequel.
Really, Ridley? The aliens were designed as a form of biological warfare or as "planet cleaners?" Color me way less excited. In theory, this all ties back to the "Space Jockey," the huge corpse The Nostromo's crew discovers on LV-426. There's always been a huge amount of speculation about who this person was and Scott's always hinted that he feels like there's a story in it. We may be getting that story in the prequel.
I'm not opposed to exploring the origins of the Space Jockey -- I'm more upset by the idea that the Xenomorphs are some kind of crafted biological weapon. Why would Scott want to go in that direction? What's wrong with the aliens just being some form of predatory extra-terrestrial life? Coming up with some kind of elaborate backstory for these monsters runs the risk of ruining what makes them so captivating and terrifying in the first place. They're monsters -- what more do we really need to know? None of this will make them scarier. Honestly, this is such a boring and predictable idea that I'm shocked Scott would mention it in an interview in the first place.
Granted, you can't judge a movie based on a few sentences -- but do you find the idea of the Xenomorphs being some kind of lab creation run amok interesting? Can you see Arterton in the lead role? Chime in below.