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Sir Ridley Scott has been talking up his Alien prequel, promising a "really nasty" 3D treat which he described as "the dark side of the moon". The movie will be set in 2085, five years before the original, and will see the protagonists "first come across this thing on a planet called Zeta Reticuli". Scott teased to Screen …

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In space...

...nobody can hear you scream 'NOOOOOOOOO!!!'.

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Yup

Especially when the films are as bad as Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.

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that's

That's almost exciting, as there were a number of interesting questions about Alien, the most notable being how did the Company know that there was something to investigate.

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Easy...

In 'Alien 1' the crew recieve a distress broadcast.

In 'Aliens' the Comapny learns of the crashed ship from Ripley - and presumably the ships logs - and sends Newt's family to investigate (this is seen in the Special Edition), thus starting the base infection.

I'm actually excited about this. Scott has a mixed record in general but has produced some of the best Sci-Fi in cinema history. And it's not like the franchise hasn't beed raped already, if it's bad it can't be any worse than the others...

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We all know it is gonna suck, hollywood will make the oscars 3d if they could.

I thought the company investigated a beacon, woke the crew early. Explains it in the first one quite clearly. In the second film the extended version shows you the bit where they are told to go, later ripley shows the piece of paper that Berke had ordered them.

The thing in the chair with it's chest blown open was alien as it was about twenty feet tall so where do humans fit in exactly?. Where and how can they shoehorn human actors in an obviously alien space craft / genre. (We know it will not be alien, or the nostramo will be the "second ship" to investigate, or worse some "american only" earth marines will break into the alien ship, gun everyone down, die and then leave the 20 foot seated corpse to rot very quickly over 5 years before the first alien film.)

To me 3d and all the wannabe's are just making films that have things to come out at you. They are not concentrating on the plots. Could be good, but it is hollywood and they don't have a good track record on prequals.

Lets just hope nothing from the AVP films leaks through. It will be god awful if the same plot writers are even in the same post code.

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Actually. In Alien 1, the company DID already know about the alien life form.

Actually. In Alien 1, the company DID already know about the alien life form.

The Andriod ASH was placed onbaord to ensure capture of the creature.

The onboard computer Mother informs the captian all crew are expendable.

These actions where both preplanned since intergalatic communications in the Aliens universe takes weeks to send and recieve.

And the answer is always "Dont ask!"

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I had big hopes that there would be no human characters in this film. I know it was a long shot and that not having people would be mainstream suicide, but I had my hopes.

Now I'm hoping that they try and follow the general canon at least. The Nostromo was the first human ship to encounter the Alien, that is written in scripts, and the books and in everything else that is connected to this universe. The only way this could be pulled off now is to have a human ship fly close enough to LV426 to pick up either the distress call or the regular transmissions of the transport ship which the Space Jockey is in.

Clearly the Company knew about the transmission, they suspected it to be Alien and if it was they wanted it for themselves. They Scheduled a mining operation ship to return back in close enough proximity to trigger an investigation (in accordance to Company regulations). This way, whatever the result, they can't really lose. If it's nothing, they have the mining ship on it's way back and will get the profits from what they were mining. If it's a deadly alien that is captured and brought back they get their weapon and if the ship and crew are destroyed, they know there is something there worth investigating properly.

Why would the company set up a colony on a useless rock like LV426? Why that useless rock out of hundreds possible? They knew, Burke thought he was smart sending the colonists to investigate the derelict, the company let him take some of the credit because he's a nice convincing scapegoat should things go wrong.

The rest is pretty simple.

I want to know the origin and the story of the Space Jockey ... I don't want humans in my Alien prequel.

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twenty feet high... sounds familiar

alistair millington: "The thing in the chair with it's chest blown open was alien as it was about twenty feet tall so where do humans fit in exactly?"

It was a native of Pandora. The Na'vi were once a great space-faring race, until they encountered the Alien species. By the time Avatar was set, they had reverted to a more 'natural' civilisation. But at least the Alien infestation had weeded all the Greedy Corporation (tm) out of their gene pool before it was finally dealt with.

Sorry for the spoiler.

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Leaping facehuggers + 3D

Wear brown trousers to the cinema!

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Please let it be good

Alien Resurrection (4) was pretty shit, but if done properly it could be rather good. Plot and acting first, 3D second, please.

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hmm and I thought 3 was crappy?

I thought 4 was great compared to 3. Of course neither stood up to 1 or 2.

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Alien 3 was great :D

The initial release wasn't fantastic but I think it was truer to the original Alien than Aliens was. Alien3 was a horror film, back where Alien was, rather than the action we got in Aliens and Alien Resurrection.

The DVD directors cut release of Alien 3 has some of the scenes changed and the plot does make a lot more sense. If you can get over the whole Newt / Hicks deaths at the beginning, it's a good film; well directed and well acted. I see Alien 3 as the last of the true alien films, before they went a bit strange.

Seriously, if you've not watched it since 1992, go download / rent the directors cut, it's a good film.

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not sh*t, just different

4 was stylistically very different from the first three. It was however, a very similar style to jean pierre jeunet's other films, so not completely unexpected.

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But...

Of course, none of the first four can hold a candle to Alien vs. Predator.

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Alien Resurrection

had it's good points (Ripley with wet hair and black nails to hint at the Alien DNA, Aliens swimming like bastards, the previous grotesque attempts at cloning Ripley) but they were woefully few and far between.

The embarrassing clusterfucks of poorly conceived and executed ideas, on the other hand, were in plentiful supply. None more so than the appalling 'newborn' at the end.

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Can't see 3D

But I'll be first in line for the 2D showing.

Might watch Avatar when it comes on BBC ten years from now, but only if I'm not doing my hair or something.

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Hmmm...

One can only hope he goes back to the first two film's look and feel...

"Remember: short, controlled bursts."

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It's all a bit Lucas...

...which is an ominous thought. Who's for the "space jockey" (blown-chest alien bloke) having an annoying, accident-prone frog-like sidekick that talks in Black Vernacular English? /facepalm

As for 3D, Avatar was basically a cartoon with a few walk-on parts by live actors - Pete's Dragon with knobs on. The chances of recapturing the grimy, suffocating realism of the original while trying to show off what your super new shiny-thing tech can do rank in my mind somewhere between slim and none.

Still, at least it's not another bloody remake.

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No, it's not a remake

It's WORSE than a remake. Prequels frequently alter established "facts." Star Wars, Star Trek, and a host of other prequels have screwed up their respective universes (universii?) by altering previously understood "facts" in attempting (and mostly failing) to build a compelling and/or entertaining story.

We all know the well-documented sins of George Lucas. Star Trek did stuff just as bad with the prequel series "Enterprise." In that, previously established timelines such as first encounters with the Borg and Klingons are tampered with along with a host of other Great Sins.

I understand WHY it is done, but that shouldn't lessen the punishment for actually DOING it. I like my Alien universe just the way it is, thank you, warts and all. No revision, reimagining, or prequels required. Original ideas only, please. If you want to do something in an established universe OTHER THAN advancing the story past what's already been done, then use your skull to drive nails into bricks until the urge passes. [/rant]

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I have to admit that I like the sound of this.

I for one welcome the extension of the Alien saga.

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In space...

...no-one can hear me weep tears of blood over the godawful crapness that was AvP.

As long as it's better than that I'll be happy and if it's anywhere near half as good as the original Alien then an imminent chest bursting won't take the smile off my face.

Now where's my flamethrower?

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Nooooooooo!

IF Ridley was directing and IF he stuck to what made the original so good then it MIGHT be okay.

If, as I expect will happen, he hands over the directing to someone else and the comments he made about Avatar's 3D effects just turns it in to 90 minutes of 3D effects with no substance as Avatar was, then Ridley should steer well clear of any association with this project.

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Wasn't Alien Resurrectal bad enough?

Alien was good. Aliens was better. Alien 3 wasn't wonderful, but it still had a bit going for it. And then we had Alien Resurrection, where frankly most of us would rather have had a chestburster ourselves by halfway through it, and Alien Vs Predator (times two, for heaven's sake!) which took a reasonable fiction franchise and dumped on it from a great height. In other words, it's plainly become something which Hollywood can't do well, so they should stop it now.

And then there's the prequel factor. Can anyone think of a good prequel film? Nope, me neither. Star Wars? All three sucked, badly. Star Trek? Lousy. So take a critically-murdered franchise, add a director who's good but hasn't done much recently, add MPAA censorship of anything remotely edgy, multiply by the prequel factor, and if it comes out as just averagely awful then you're probably ahead of the game.

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Well . . .

. . . Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom springs to mind.

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The problem with most prequels is...

That they quite often ignore events or back-stories from the original (e.g. kill someone of vital importance to the next story along, or something similar).

The other risk, particularly with Sci-Fi movies, is they often make the "older" tech look more advanced than the "newer" tech.

So, I expect this "prequel" to have no references that match with the other Alien films and technology that appears to post-date Resurrection at least. Oh well.

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That doesn't start off too well

"Zeta Reticuli" is not a planet. It's a star in the constellation "Reticulum".

It's also (according to a rather fanciful pattern matching) the home star of the Greys who so helpfully showed a star map to the Hill family. Although it turns out that star map far more closely matches the configuration of our own solar system with asteroids in bold a few months after the encounter. Go figure.

Additionally, we know that the Alien 1 ship is just a further development of a Cylon Basestar and Aliens a further development of Raiders.

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Please Ridley, don't fall for this 3D gimmick crap! I'm shocked that even Marty is doing 3D.

If you do, don't just convert 2D to 3D like most of the current crop, as it's pure gimmick. Do it properly or not at all, though I'd prefer not at all anyway unless you really can make a film that is a proper film first and 3D is just part of the film making, not in-your-face, not 3D for the sake of it as Avatar was (stunning though it may be).

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"the dark side of the moon"?

Astronomy fail for a space based movie. There is no "dark side" of our moon, just a far side which is lit for half of every month.

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@AC

"There is no "dark side" of our moon, just a far side which is lit for half of every month"

So for the other half of the month it's pretty dark then

Fail for you, everything in the Solar System has a dark side, the side it is just changes as the body rotates on it's axis

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Actually, the moon does indeed have a dark side. It's the side that faces Earth - the dark splotches we see on the moon's surface (mostly iron) are largely absent from the other side, giving it a lighter appearance overall.

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...more fail

Which 'moon' are you assuming. Earth? Which of Earth's moons...?

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at the risk of stirring up Roger Waters...

"There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact it's ALL dark..."

Heart(beat) for my WELL worn vinyl LP, not the AC poster.

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don't pee on the memory of Alien

The only new spin on the franchise will be the 3-D factor, as far as I can tell, plus we might finally be told that the biomechanical aliens are in fact the biological weapons of some advanced alien civilisation gone wrong. The big question is: what else can Scott & Co bring to the series? Not a lot, I don't think, apart from filming it in 3D. Alien has never been beaten when it comes to sweat-inducing tension and atmosphere, although John Carpenter's The Thing almost did in 1982. Setting the film on Zeta Reticuli is surprising, considering it's supposedly one of the homes of the Greys.

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Hawking on board?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/26/hawking_aliens_warning/

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this about sums it up

The 72-year-old director insisted his project will challenge James Cameron's Avatar in terms of 3D spectacle. He said: "Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it. He's not going to get away with it."

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Ha fuck you i can do better

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Havin_it is right

Scott's right that the bar has to be raised. Cameron developed awesome 3D technology. Now someone else just has to use it to make a movie that isn't complete arse.

I second Havin_it - 3D works best with bright, well delineated images. The overall murky brownness of the Alien films won't give the best 3D effect.

So my guess is that for most of the movie, the 3D will be understated, just enough to draw you in and give a sense of realism...

It will then suddenly be turned to the max in one horrific scene that makes everyone in the cinema simultaneously scream and CRAP THEIR PANTS!

Thus quickly and cheaply adding yet another sensory dimension to the movie.

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PG13

Except it will probably be turned into a PG13/12 (whatever?!?) so that they don't miss the cash from the kiddies wanting to watch it.

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I for one hope

that they don't shoot the John Spaihts Alien Harvest script.

I'd rather wank my dad off than read that again, never mind watch it on the big screen.

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Do WHAT to your Dad?

I thought that the image of the torture scene in Reservior Dogs would never be surpassed in my mind for bowel quaking nausea. Congratulations Huntsman the thought of what could take place if you were ever confronted with that script has just surplanted it. I am off to scrub my brain with Dettol

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Didn't Alien 1 already ASK the question...

Didn't the first Alien movie already ASK who was that guy in the first film lying in a chair with his chest blown outwards? Hopefully he means ANSWER!

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A bit tired

However, in theory, there is so much in the Alien universe that_could be used to terrorise and thrill that it could be great.

Personally, the way I see this is that Alien prequals could be horror. And some brilliant epic marines vs aliens should follow on that as well

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Oh please, dear Lord...

Let him bring back Mr Hans Rudolf for consultancy on the artwork.

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Take off and nuke Hollywood from orbit

It's the only way to be sure!

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Hollwood?

Pinewood Studios surely?

Mine's the one with yet another Alien boxset in the pocket.

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Dont nuke Hollywood!!!

I live there and I rather like my apartment near the red line subway

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Alien boxsets

Oh god, don't remind me! My third set coming up with the Blu Ray Anthology and then we'll have the Quintrilogy for this, then there will be the entire 3D remastered set, and then an ultimate set that includes the awful AvP series!

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Alien - deleted scenes

Did anyone watch the Alien deleted scenes? In one of the deleted scenes, they show a complete view of the alien - In the released movie you never see the entire alien. And it looked so "Star Trek Original Series" quality that it was easy to understand why they deleted it. I hope that Ridley Scott does better this next time.

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Cheap Animatronic

Ironically, it was probably the state of Animatronics at the time of the first film and the need to never show the whole alien which help establish the sense of tension found in the film.

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poor reg

hmmm....

what a shite article, it drastically contrasts with some other things ive heard from, uhm, reputable movie sites

the film is based 30 years before alien and its all about humans first looking at terraforming

there is also talk of the alien being redesigned, since it takes some of the form of the host it would most likely be very different if one came out of the 20ft space jockey (his words not mine). you know the massive alien that we all went 'oooh what the f is that?' giger is apparently still alive and scott wants him on board, since between the 2 of them they really designed the whole thing

wayland will also be in this one, although its before wayland utani was setup.

gawd, a 5 second google would tell us more than this crap

also, there is talk of cameron doing alien 5. not sure on that one. he is a real visionary (well, used to be) aliens is still one of my all-time favourite movies

also, i agree with the 3d thing. it desaturates colour to hell (i.e. avatar actually LOOKS better without the semi sunglasses on) so i dont think the 3d will work, unless its all bright, which isnt really what the aliens films are about.

if you want to learn about movie go to aintitcool.com as they actually know what they are on about

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