You’ll only have to look a few posts down to read the new details about the Alien prequel being developed by Ridley Scott.
Well Steve at Collider spoke to Ridley at a press junket for Robin Hood yesterday, and managed to squeeze a couple of extra details out of him. Most importantly, there will be two Alien prequels instead of one. Ridley stated that he’s just trying to get the first one sorted out at the moment, rather than work on both back-to-back. He refers to them simply as “prequel one” and “prequel two.” He doesn’t mention whether they’ll be part of the same story, or two different pre-Alien events. I wonder if they’ll both be about the Space Jockeys, or if that’ll just be the first one that’s currently on the fourth screenplay draft?
Ridley also confirmed that the prequels will “of course” be filmed in 3D. He talks more about the process of up-conversion to 3D in the full Collider article. He essentially dismisses the idea of 3Ding Blade Runner or any of his past films: “I’d rather save that energy for something new.”
As for me – I’m looking forward to these films, but the whole 3D thing is getting a bit tiresome. Aside from Coraline, and possibly Avatar, I haven’t seen a film in 3D that I wouldn’t have enjoyed just the same in 2D. Thankfully, my interest in more Alien from Ridley Scott far outweights this minor annoyance.
Additionally, sources for Shock Till You Drop say that the blu-ray Alien Anthology boxset, due out in the second half of the year, may include a “sneak peek” of the prequel(s). We might be seeing snippets sooner than I would’ve predicted.