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Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal will try to save Predator from the clutches of Alien vs. Predator this summer with their direct sequel to the original Predator, and now Ridley Scott wants in on the act too. He’s planning to take the Alien franchise back and put it on a new track. Today he talked to MTV about what exactly he has in mind for his upcoming Alien prequel.

The movie will be set in the year 2085, thirty years before the events of Alien and Ripley’s first encounter with the multi-mouthed beastie. Ridley explains, “It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair. Remember that?”

Actually no I didn’t remember that until he brought it up, but now that I have, that’s kind of an interesting concept. Ridley’s actually talked about doing this before. In the bonus materials of the Alien special edition DVD he says that filling in the backstory of the Space Jockey would be an interesting direction for the series to take, and now they’re taking it. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the Space Jockey in question:

Even though it’s a prequel it sounds like he’ll still work in a lot of the Alien franchise staples. For instance he says we’ll see an early version of the Weyland-Yutani Corp. out there in space. Ridley explains, “[The film] is about the discussion of terraforming -- taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life,” in which the Weyland Corp is lead dog.

It won’t be Ripley, but he is sticking with a female lead. He’s planning on changing the Aliens up though. Apparently Ridley thinks the current look is “worn out” and may do a redesign in collaboration with their original creator H.R. Giger. Ridley explains, “I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien," which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger.”

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