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Ridley Scott Directing Alien Prequel

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the reboot-a-few-more-classics dept.

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brumgrunt writes "After three decades of speculation, original Alien director Ridley Scott has signed on to the new Fox sequel. 'Nothing is known about the set-up of the new movie, except that chronologically it precedes the plight of the Nostromo. Since it's obviously going to involve the human race [...] Writer Jon Spaihts successfully pitched to Fox and Scott Free Productions, and is working on the script.'"

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oblig. (3, Funny)

somecreepyoldguy (1255320) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899807)

they mostly come at night... mostly

Swell... (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899813)

At least I had a few years without Xenomorphs showing up in my nightmare.

(IIRC, the nightmares involved having a pulse rifle that ran out of ammo.)

Re:Swell... (4, Funny)

schon (31600) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899949)

At least I had a few years without Xenomorphs showing up in my nightmare.

(IIRC, the nightmares involved having a pulse rifle that ran out of ammo.)

Funny, I would have thought the most recent ones would have involved Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing another movie. :)

Re:Swell... (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900097)

At least I had a few years without Xenomorphs showing up in my nightmare.

(IIRC, the nightmares involved having a pulse rifle that ran out of ammo.)

Funny, I would have thought the most recent ones would have involved Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing another movie. :)

Why do you think my clip was empty???

Re:Swell... (0, Redundant)

Onaga (1369777) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900057)

Well I, for one, welcome-- blah, this one's too easy.

Re:Swell... (2, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900071)

That's silly... we all know nuking them from orbit is the only way to be sure.

Re:Swell... (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900335)

That's silly... we all know nuking them from orbit is the only way to be sure.

Heh... in the small number of my nightmares involving nukes, they were never part of the solution.

Re:Swell... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900677)

You make my dreams seem so...boring.

I barely ever remember a dream, and about 2 have rated as 'mildly disturbing'.

Re:Swell... (5, Funny)

Nos. (179609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900361)

I've been prepping my sons (3.5 years and 7 months) for their first viewing of Alien/Aliens since birth by grabbing their entire face with my hand. They think its funny... at least for now.

Re:Swell... (5, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900491)

I've been prepping my sons (3.5 years and 7 months) for their first viewing of Alien/Aliens since birth by grabbing their entire face with my hand. They think its funny... at least for now.

I hope you're done having kids. Because if you ever explain that that the baby will come out of mommy's belly...

Re:Swell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900837)

Here I thought I was the only one who was pulling that BS!

My son and daughter (2 and 5) both think it's a standard part of tickling to get facehugged.

Who cares about the humans (5, Interesting)

stox (131684) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899833)

I want the story of the ship the Nostromo found.

Re:Who cares about the humans (3, Informative)

TinBromide (921574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899863)

aliens attack, everybody dies.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

josteos (455905) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899891)

Yes. I want that too. Very much. DO EEEEET!!!!

Re:Who cares about the humans (3, Funny)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899977)

I heard they were going to do that, but they couldn't get Rosanne Barr to play the lead roll.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1, Redundant)

Killer Orca (1373645) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900093)

I heard they were going to do that, but they couldn't get Rosanne Barr to play the lead roll.

Modded Flamebait huh? Guess there is a loyal following of Rosanne fans on Slashdot, who knew?

Re:Who cares about the humans (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900181)

Roseanne I couldn't see in the lead role, Rosie O'Donnell, however...

I can haz AvPvR'O?

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900293)

They are everywhere.

Re:Who cares about the humans (-1, Offtopic)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900105)

I heard they were going to do that, but they couldn't get Rosanne Barr to play the lead roll.

I just had a vision of Roseanne Barr stolling around the Nostromo clad only in a thong with her ass crack showing.......I ran to the kitchen and jabbed chopsticks in my eyes.

Re:Who cares about the humans (3, Funny)

JasonBee (622390) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900193)

if it was a vision should you not have jabbed out your visual cortex instead?

Re:Who cares about the humans (2, Insightful)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899999)

The real question is can they make a decent movie without trying way, way too hard to link it to characters in the prior sequels? I'll burn the theater down if "young Ripley" is somehow involved (though it may be worth the speculation as to how much botox it took to get Sigourney Weaver's skin 1979-tight).

Re:Who cares about the humans (3, Insightful)

FourthAge (1377519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900547)

This.

In the Alien franchise, only one character matters. It is big, black and has acid for blood.

There is no need to look for a way to bring Ripley into it, especially if it involves time travel, memory loss, or cloning again.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900769)

I don't know if you have seen any movies from the Alien franchise, but they found a way to get Ripley into everything but the "versus" movies. They'll find a way to get her in the prequel. Just look for George Lucas' name to be involved somehow and you'll know they're trying.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901035)

Amen. This ridiculous need to force Ripley into every story has got to stop.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900011)

I'm wondering how there can be a prequel that does not tell the story of the ship the Nostromo found?

btw, regarding your sig. As an owner of a black cat I have found that the easiest way to find one in the dark is to look for the blackest spot of black in the blackness.

Re:Who cares about the humans (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900095)

The Nostromo was diverted to the planet where they found the Xenomorph because someone in the company knew it was there. How they knew has not been explained in the films, to date. Presumably there was some prior contact that was covered up. The AvP series showed how the company could know that the aliens existed, but no reason to know where they could be found.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

fullgandoo (1188759) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900397)

Wasn't it a beacon from the alien ship that made "mother" redirect Nostromo to that planet? Only later did mother analyze that it was a warning beacon.

If the company had known about it, they would have sent a specialized team there instead of diverting a freighter.

Specialized team? Not necessarily (2, Informative)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900693)

If the company had known about it, they would have sent a specialized team there instead of diverting a freighter.

Not necessarily. In the film, they use hypersleep - suspended animation - because even at whatever multiple of the speed of light the ships move at, trips still take months. (Script [dailyscript.com] says they're near Zeta II Reticuli, 39 light years from Earth, and they still have ten months to go.) If they can transmit data faster than ships move (or unmanned ships can move faster) then mobilizing a specialist team might take more time than they want to spend, when they can divert a freighter going by anyway.

The novelization (non-canon, but working from the shooting script) had Ash saying that the beacon had a fairly detailed warning, so the Company may well have known that parasitic aliens were there. No biggie, let the crew get infected and the ship return on autopilot.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900399)

And what exactly crewed the original ship? I thought, after the AvP movies, that the original ship was the Predator ship that had the bizarro Alien/Predator hybrid. That would kind of make sense, but I would think that the Predators cohorts would have hunted it down and killed off the critters in that ship.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

unfasten (1335957) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900573)

And what exactly crewed the original ship?

Space Jockeys [wikipedia.org] . A film about them would be awesome.

Re:Who cares about the humans (2, Informative)

Evildonald (983517) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900441)

AvP? That rubbish series doesn't even count as part of the real Alien series.

Re:Who cares about the humans (4, Interesting)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900867)

The Nostromo was diverted to the planet where they found the Xenomorph because someone in the company knew it was there. How they knew has not been explained in the films, to date. Presumably there was some prior contact that was covered up. The AvP series showed how the company could know that the aliens existed, but no reason to know where they could be found.

There are few options:

One: the company didn't know about the alien beacon in advance, and the whole android with recovery orders and crew expendable stuff was just standing standard procedure, in case they got lucky. Its plausible I think, but means there can be no prequel.

Two: The company knew the aliens existed by previously merely detecting/analyzing the beacon, then they might divert the Nostromo with the intention of picking whatever they find up. It would make sense, even to the subterfuge of planting Ash with extra orders to recover it, and diverting the ship so it picks up the beacon forcing the crew to respond (per their contract to respond to distress calls) allowing the company to get a 'free expedition' out the crew.

That all works, but would make a boring prequel movie. Some remote station or passing ship detect an alien beacon, and don't investigate it.

Three: The company knew the aliens existed, previously investigated, and had already lost an expedition trying to recover it, perhaps they got some reports and know something about the aliens, perhaps they got nothing at all... the expedition just vanished without a trace. Either way it doesn't follow that they'd divert a fully loaded and ridiculously expensive refinery ship to the planet for a 2nd attempt.

That would be like Spain deliberately diverting a fully loaded treasure ship to investigate a new island where a previous expedition had already been lost. I just don't see it happening. The Nostromo was ridiculously valuable; they might gamble it on it on an expedition where no real exceptional risks could be assessed, but it just doesn't make sense to gamble an expensive treasure ship, with an unqualified crew -- if they already knew that they'd lost an expedition.

They knew for the same reason the Nostromo knew (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900961)

The company received the signal and they decoded it. The subterfuge is that they send the Nostromo in to investigate an UNIDENTIFIED distress signal when they full well knew that it was instead a warning.

The book of the movie, you should read it.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

still cynical (17020) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901007)

I don't remember if it was covered in the original movie or not, but it was (IIRC) covered in the book. The "distress signal" that the Nostromo picked up had been discovered by the company and found to actually be a warning. Ripley realized it was really a warning to stay away, and that's when Ash tried to kill her to cover up what the company was trying to do.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901103)

The Nostromo was diverted to the planet where they found the Xenomorph because someone in the company knew it was there. How they knew has not been explained in the films, to date. Presumably there was some prior contact that was covered up. The AvP series showed how the company could know that the aliens existed, but no reason to know where they could be found.

Funny reference: Nostromo is a book by Joseph Conrad and Sulaco was the mining town it took place in.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostromo [wikipedia.org]

The Colonial Marines Tech Manual explained things pretty thoroughly. As I recall, they had a whole section in the back where company execs and scientists tried to piece together just what the hell happened. They had the initial info from the Nostromo encounter and then later retrieved data from the Sulaco disaster. That the Nostromo was sent there deliberately was established in the first movie. How did they know? I think the non-canon Manual stated that a French flyby probe detected the alien transmission from the planet. Ash had orders to bring the alien back to Earth with the crew being expendable. Did all ships operate with a secret android or was Ash a plant specifically for this purpose? Had other alien ships been encountered so they knew what to expect? Unknown. But the fun part of the whole Tech Manual bull session was how the scientists were reasonably discounting what Ripley said she experienced because it wasn't possible. "How could a creature grow from a worm capable of living in someone's chest to two meters fall? No, the creature she encountered should be no larger than a medium dog."

While there are plenty of good stories that could be told in the Aliens setting, most of them sucked and this movie will suck, too. The best Aliens stuff I read were the original Dark Horse sequel to Aliens with Newt and Marine guy on Earth having survived the escape and Ripley in places unknown and the original AVP comic. The Aliens sequel was great because it really ramped things up to the next level. Stupid scientists bring the aliens to Earth, are so arrogant they think they can control it, and all goes to hell. The Earth is overrun. And the AVP comic was just such a tight little story, would have translated to the screen perfectly.

Naw, this is gonna suck.

Re:Who cares about the humans (5, Informative)

FreekyGeek (19819) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900333)

As the owner of a couple cats, I can say that the easiest way to find any cat in the dark is to simply walk around until they run in front of you, and you either step on them or trip on them.

Re:Who cares about the humans (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900321)

I want the story of the ship the Nostromo found.

There is a few Darkhorse comics that touch on this and actually I was wondering if they predate aliens.

Basically, humans get stranded on a planet full of Xenomorphs and at the last moment when they are surrounded by a sea of Aliens, one of the pilots show up with this gun that basically vaporizes all of of the Xenomorphs.

They try to thank the pilot but being the emotionless being that it is, it just floated by to the ship without saying a word.

Great! (4, Insightful)

millia (35740) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899845)

Now just sign up James Cameron to do the movie after *that* and we'll be good.

Re:Great! (5, Informative)

deft (253558) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899879)

amen to that. 1979's 'alien' is good, but the 1986 'aliens' is what made my heart thump and want to be a space marine.

GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

Re:Great! (1, Informative)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899917)

amen to that. 1979's 'alien' is good, but the 1986 'aliens' is what made my heart thump and want to be a space marine.

GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

Somebody wake up Hicks.

Re:Great! (1, Funny)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899975)

What do you mean, "*They* cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Re:Great! (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900111)

What do you mean, "*They* cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Great! (4, Insightful)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900155)

The action/sci-fi (syfy?WTF?!) movie that James Cameron created, I have to admit, is about my favorite sci-fi movie of all time, it was non-stop, suspenseful, but action packed... they couldn't go with all suspense because we all already knew what was coming, just not in what quantity... but the original movie was horror/sci-fi at its finest (especially given the time it was created). I mean, if they remade that movie with today's special effects, it'd be amazing... but only the youth that hadn't seen the series would really get the full scare factor out of it. The thing is, people of the 70's didn't have aliens popping out of their neighbor's chests everyday, so when they saw that movie, it was disturbing... then the monster grew up quick and started killing old school... it was like when Doom 3 first came out and even though it was just a game, I'd jump when things popped out because i wasn't quite sure what would lurk around the next corner. By the time Aliens came out, chest popping aliens were the norm, so they had to make it an action flick to keep the interest going. Alien was a masterpiece, because it was horror defined. It wasn't some crazy person hacking people up, it was something totally unknown, moving around an environment we weren't familiar with, in a location where no help could be found. Aliens was a masterpiece, because it took that same mix, threw in space marines (who started out with the general attitude military units in space always have in movies) and then the situation deteriorated rapidly. There was still suspense, but there was also a lot of plot and character development. Shoot, they barely show Frost getting waxed, and I already missed him... and the sarge! I have a feeling a prequel may try to explain why the Nostromo was sent to LV-426 in the first place.

Good film (1)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900265)

the 1986 'aliens' is what made my heart thump and want to be a space marine.

funny, it made me want to be an alien...

Re:Great! (1)

jpedlow (1154099) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900307)

"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. "

BEST MOVIE EVER, Aliens really made me love that series.

Re:Great! (3, Insightful)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900381)

amen to that. 1979's 'alien' is good, but the 1986 'aliens' is what made my heart thump and want to be a space marine.

GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

They're almost two entirely different genres...

I love both movies, but comparing them just isn't fair.

Alien is tense, claustrophobic, suspenseful... You've got a single creature stalking and killing the crew of the ship, one by one. It's more of a traditional stalker/slasher movie in that respect.

Aliens is fast-paced, action-filled, loud, intense... Piles of aliens popping out of corners, getting mowed down, ripping people apart. Despite the fact that some of it is downright terrifying, it's more of an action movie than a horror film.

Re:Great! (2, Informative)

schon (31600) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900671)

Alien is a suspense/thriller.

Aliens is an action movie.

Alien3 was a drama.

Alien4 was a bad comedy.

Re:Great! (1)

raftpeople (844215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900975)

Saw Aliens in the theater opening night, I had to keep telling myself to relax, that was a fun ride.

I'll never let go!!! (2, Insightful)

thisnamestoolong (1584383) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900029)

Meh -- after Titanic I lost all my faith in James Cameron. I don't want to let him near the Alien franchise again, Ridley Scott has yet to let me down, though. I always thought Alien was better, anyway, but that is just my opinion.

Re:I'll never let go!!! (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900413)

People kick Titanic all the time, but I still like it. Maybe it is not for everyone, but I popped in the DVD the other night and watched it all the way through. In fact, I put down the laptop to watch it. That's a lot better treatment than I give a lot of what I get out of the Redbox.

In short, Titanic is still, to this day, better than a lot of what Hollywood presently puts out.

Back to topic, yes, get Mr Cameron on the project, pretty please.

Re:I'll never let go!!! (1)

Pollardito (781263) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901011)

Titanic was an just an ok movie. The reason that people kick it is because it was treated at the time like it was much, much, much better than ok. It wasn't so much the critics that were fawning over it, but it made like a gazillion dollars in the theater and won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture

Re:Great! (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900117)

I'm not convinced; prequels are rarely good. We should nuke it from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.

Re:Great! (1)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900201)

Yes, it wasn't in fact an iceberg which sank the Titanic, but an alien craft which was frozen in the permafrost, was knocked onto the deck of the Titanic during the collision. This caused the alien occupants of the craft to defrost and become conscious again. Upon leaving their craft, they acid-drooled their way onto the lower decks and then attempted to burrow their way out of the ship. This in fact caused the ship to sink and forced the aliens to go back into cryo-sleep. A future salvage mission accidently brought the occupants on board where they proceed to eliminate the crew one by one.

Re:Great! (0, Redundant)

Globe199 (442245) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900285)

This is a great idea for a movie. Alien vs Titanic!

Re:Great! (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900461)

That actually IS a great idea for a movie!

Aliens go to the titanic, mess up the timeline, marines go back in time to kill them all, and then have to decide to sink the ship themselves, to preserve history. With the wreck at the bottom of the ocean, little changes.

Not a great movie, mind you, but a great idea... :)

Is AVP/AVPR canon? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899853)

Is "Alien vs. Predator" and "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem" part of the canon? Will it be for this prequel?

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (4, Funny)

thisnamestoolong (1584383) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899979)

One would hope not -- those movies were worse than AIDS.

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900235)

The first one was mediocre; at least they managed to cast Lance Henriksen. Your characterization is accurate for the second one, though.

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900781)

What was AIDS about?

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900383)

Actually it will be

Alien vs Predator vs The Sith vs House Harkonnen vs The Replicators vs Goua-Old vs Vampire-Aliens-from-Stargate-Atlantis-but-I-forgot-their-name vs THE NAZIS

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900443)

You forgot Daleks. And Cylons.

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (1)

josh61980 (1025498) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901065)

Borg as well.

Re:Is AVP/AVPR canon? (3, Insightful)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900687)

Is "Alien vs. Predator" and "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem" part of the canon? Will it be for this prequel?

I was going to ask the same thing. I've not seen it, and have no real desire to do so, but according to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , Alien vs. Predator was intentionally a prequel to Alien (and a sequel to Predator) and deliberately took some effort- and altered its own setting- to avoid a situation where the events in Alien would be rendered implausible if not impossible. (Primarily, they couldn't set it in a city because everyone would then have been aware of the existence of the aliens before Alien took place).

as perhaps a related story (3, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901051)

robert rodriguez is producing a new predator movie, called predators (like alien is to aliens?). perhaps on the predator home planet, again, completely ignoring the whole avp bullshit

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40865 [aintitcool.com]

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40879 [aintitcool.com]

additionally, the director will be some hotshot hungarian horror director named nimrod antal. aintitcool had an interveiw with rodriguez about the project:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/41590 [aintitcool.com]

Yeah, may not be so great. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899861)

IMDB currently lists him having FOURTEEN projects "in development". So either he spends barely any time at all on any of them (and they all suck) or this movie will not come out until sometime in the 2020's (and we will all be dead from swine flu).

Re:Yeah, may not be so great. (2, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900465)

"Aliens versus Swine Flu"?

Re:Yeah, may not be so great. (1)

mikael (484) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900469)

I'd say that's rather impressive. But a couple of those projects are repeated three times (Battle Angel and Avatar), so that brings the total down to eleven. There is a whole pipeline from script-writing, auditioning, actual filming, visual effects, compositing and editing, so he might not be involved in all those stages. I would imagine he would concentrate on the visual effects.

Sweet (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899865)

"I don't know if you've been keeping score... But we're getting our asses kicked, here!" I love it and can't wait.

Re:Sweet (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899969)

The original quote was, "Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!"

when will we get (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899867)

When will we get Alien vs Predator vs Terminator vs Kindergarton Cop?

Re:when will we get (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900529)

It is not a Tumor! It is the Republican Party!

Re:when will we get (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901047)

When will we get Alien vs Predator vs Terminator vs Kindergarton Cop?

There's no chance of such a ludicrous thing happening. They'd never want to risk any of those valuable franchises becoming tainted by a string of increasingly ludicrous sequels and crossovers...

Oh, wait.

Erm.... well, on second thoughts, they'd never risk the valuable Kindergarten Cop franchise becoming tainted by a string of increasingly ludicrous sequels and crossovers.

Obama is perhaps both Alien and Predator. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28899903)

And Fox owns the rights to most of the Obama deception. [anonymouse.org]

18 U.S.C. 241 Conspiracy against rights.
  If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
              If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured -
              They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

18 U.S.C. 242 Deprivation of rights under color of law.
  Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; . . .

18 U.S.C. 4 Misprision of felony.
  Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Re:Obama is perhaps both Alien and Predator. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900459)

Are you referring to this Obama Deception? [youtube.com]

Here's hoping. (1)

Snarkalicious (1589343) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899951)

If this one goes through, it cannot be allowed to suck. If the franchise takes any more abuse, it'll end up applying for asylum in Iceland. Then they'll give to to Bjork for Christmas and we're all f***ed.

Re:Here's hoping. (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900499)

I'm hoping they come out with an Alien vs Predator: On Ice!

I can't think of a single choreographer who wouldn't just faint at the chance of helping produce such a number!

*crosses fingers* (2, Interesting)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899953)

I so hope he can pull this off, unfortunately horror/action directors don't seem to age as well as suspense/noir/drama directors do.

OFCS saved me from the latest Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Transformer and Terminator fiascoes, this may be another one I'll have to miss...but I hope not. Ridley Scott may be old, but he has an eye for quality, and he has clout. Here's hoping he can nail this, and give us a proper Alien trilogy (prequel, original, and Aliens of course).

*NOTE TO FOX - please put the money down and hire a talented writer and editor!*

(my other hand has fingers crossed for James Cameron and Avatar)

Pilot / Space Jockey (4, Interesting)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28899971)

I sure hope they throw a bit at the Pilot/Space Jockey [wikia.com] subplot.

There's lots already proposed for that item's existence in the story, and I'd be happy with almost any of them.

Sheer number of memorialbe quotes (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900101)

I just browsed IMDB's memorable quotes section for "Aliens" - It seems that most of the character's scripts are in there!

There must be close to 115 quotes in the section - that's got to be some sort of record.

(I lost count after ~100. I dont know Perl so could someone be so kind as to count the number of section breaks in the HTML?)

Re:Sheer number of memorialbe quotes (2, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900247)

How about you just wget it and use grep?
Oh noes you may have to learn something.

Re:Sheer number of memorialbe quotes (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900931)

Technically, it is a "quotes" section... memorable? Meh.

The human SPECIES, not the human race... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900137)

...you "illiterati"!

Story Should Make Sense (3, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900205)

This story should make sense because the original story directly implied prior knowledge of the Alien organism prior to its "discovery" in the movie--although why anyone thought it needed "protecting" is beyond me. It always seemed quite capable of protecting itself.

Best alien joke: The cartoon of the Imperial Storm Trooper with a face-grabber on its face saying, "I hate being the one to have to walk Lord Darth Vader's pet."

And yes, after seeing the original Alien in an evening movie showing without knowing what it was really about ahead of time, I left the bathroom light on that night afterwards just in case. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

Re:Story Should Make Sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900281)

I remember watching it in a crowded 1200 seat theater. When the alien first popped out of Hurt's chest there was this collective gasp instantly followed by a scream. Fun!

Re:Story Should Make Sense (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900427)

although why anyone thought it needed "protecting" is beyond me

Depends on what you mean by protecting. Protecting in the sense of a trade secret makes sense. Weyland-Yutani didn't want anyone else poaching their Xenomorphs, after all...

Re:Story Should Make Sense (2, Interesting)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900453)

And yes, after seeing the original Alien in an evening movie showing without knowing what it was really about ahead of time, I left the bathroom light on that night afterwards just in case. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

I first saw this movie when I was entirely too young to be watching such things. It was on TV one night and I was watching it with my father. Unfortunately, my mother decided it was time for bed right about the time Ripley was setting the ship to self-destruct. The last thing I saw, before going to bed, was Ripley stumbling across the Alien as she fled for the lifeboat.

I had horrible nightmares that night.

The first thing I asked my father, upon waking the next morning, was whether they had killed the Alien or not.

That movie continued to haunt my dreams... I eventually decided that wrapping a blanket over my head like a hood would somehow keep the facehuggers from getting a good grip, and started sleeping that way. To this day I feel most comfortable with a blanket looped over my head like a hood.

Interestingly enough, I have since grown to absolutely love both the Alien movies and HR Giger's artwork.

ummm (4, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900337)

Since it's obviously going to involve the human race [...] Writer Jon Spaihts successfully pitched to Fox

So...it was successfully pitched to Fox because...it will involve the human race? Only Fox greenlights movies involving humans? Or do they always greenlight movies involving humans?

Re:ummm (1)

SpyPlane (733043) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900623)

I thought the same thing... why is one implying the other? What the hell is the "[...]" that makes the two connect. Maybe Jon Spaihts loves writing about humans?

I bought a dog today [...] North Korea test launched a missle!

Opening for more Giger? (3, Insightful)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900405)

While his style is well-known, there is possibly still something more to ask of him that would tie the movies together outside of any simple plotline.

  If he could be commissioned for something new, using some of the erotic or torture pieces as a haunting/dream-like "infection" plot device, he might be able to really breath some new visual life into the series.

  Giger was given ample room to express himself in the original, but sadly was not credited as much as he should have been for the derivative works of the monsters. This could be a great way to welcome him back, although I've read that he can be a bit eccentric to work with (The Ghost Train ordeal).

Re:Opening for more Giger? (3, Interesting)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900697)

Actually, Giger did more work for the first one where one of the early concepts (from the Criterion laser disc edition) was to show that the Alien was actually a progressive species with a written language and culture. It would be great to show that side of the Alien. Instead of having these dumb feral beasts we could see a society of them. There would be a million possibilities with that story line and one that was obviously considered at one point.

Another AvP filler? (1)

u64 (1450711) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900535)

Will they try doing something good (creative)

or yet another AvP filler ?

There was rumors that Alien5 was going for Alien2-quality. So now we

wont get that :(

Perhaps they aim for Alien1-quality?

Either way, 97% chance they will fail and the poor audience will suffer the cost.

I remember a time when they did movies because they had something

important to tell us. And something new to show us.

Scifi-horror, not action please! (2, Insightful)

Oyjord (810904) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900551)

Though Aliens was fun, Alien is far superior a film since it was a true Sci-Fi/Horror experience. If they can recapture that slow, moody fear of the first film, I'm in! But the second I see explosion after explosion and excessive gunplay in any trailer, I'm out.

Aliens 3 and Alien Resurrection (2, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900585)

Can't the franchise just die after the horrible efforts done by Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien Resurrection and David Fincher's Aliens 3? I think these films ruined Aliens forever. And After the first sequel the direction and feel of the franchise went in a massively different direction from Ridley Scott's version.

James Cameron's Aliens was fun but Ridley Scott's Alien has so much atmosphere to it. But Ridley Scott's version, while more artistic and interesting was not the box office smash that Aliens was.

Perhaps there is some way to recover the franchise, but I suspect your average movie-goer will be pissed at Scott's attempts at a prequel because it will likely not be anything like a film done by James Cameron, which is what people have come to expect from Aliens.

Meh, Alien was your basic horror movie (0)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900635)

The first half of Alien was a well-produced space story with interesting character interactions and nice effects. But the second half devolved into a very typical Friday-the-13th scenario, in which the characters wander off one by one into the spooky darkness and get killed. The main departure from convention was that the sole survivor wasn't a shy female virgin. Harry Dean Stanton even did the classic horror movie death maneuver: walk into a dark room, look up at the ceiling while slowly turning around, and end up backing into the monster. This director was hailed as a genius? Come on.

Re:Meh, Alien was your basic horror movie (4, Insightful)

Rick Genter (315800) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900957)

You seem to forget that Alien predated Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and most of the other "classic horror" movies:

Alien (1979)
Friday the 13th (1980)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Only Halloween (1978) predates Alien, and by a short enough period that I think it's safe to say that Alien was well underway before Halloween hit the theater.

Palin's new gig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28900739)

Now that she is no longer employed could this be her new gig?

Prequel (2, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 5 years ago | (#28900873)

The first movie was about a single alien, the second was about about many aliens. If this is a prequel, it will have to be about the egg of that first alien before it hatched.

"Hey, what's that?"
"I dunno, man, but it looks pretty strange."
"I've got a bad feeling about this..."
(spooky music)

On slashdot, everyone can hear you...\ (1, Offtopic)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28901093)

On slashdot, everyone can hear you quote the WRONG MOVIE!

This is ALIEN, not ALIENS.

To get you started:

It's a robot. Cowboyneal is a god damn robot.

Bones are bent outward, like he exploded from inside.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Meaow. Here Jonesy.

Open the door!

I can't do that dave... oops wrong movie (this line not the previous one).

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