Twentieth Century Fox is resuscitating its "Alien" franchise. The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott attached to return as director. Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free, which will produce the film.
The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.
The deal gives Fox another chance to keep the "Alien" franchise alive. There were three sequels to Scott's original, but it is the first time the director has set his mind on directing one.
Looks like the folks at Fox didn't want newcomer Carl Rinsch helming the Alien prequel and have persuaded Ridley Scott to come back to the Alien franchise, and direct the prequel himself. I'm still skeptical to even wonder what this film is going to be like. I'm not very happy with the amount of control Fox has had over its recent movies such as cutting scenes and toning down the blood to achieve that mainstream PG-13 rating. I just hope they don't end up screwing Scott's vision for this film just to make sure it doesn't flop at the box office.