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In theory Ridley Scott is working on making an Alien prequel. But if you look at his IMDB page you’ll see it’s just one of more than thirty films in varying stages of pre-production which he’s involved in, in one way or another. Will he ever actually get around to it? Avatar may have helped increase the chances that he will.
Scott tells the Independent that Cameron has raised the bar and “he’s not going to get away with it.” The highly competitive director wants to do a little bar raising himself and has big plans for his new take on the Alien universe, set 30 years before the 1979 original movie which stars Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. Ripley won’t be in the new movie, but the aliens which almost killed her will be, as the film explores their origins. And Scott seems to be promising something really dark.
Here’s how he describes what he’s up to: "The film will be really tough, really nasty… It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
A lot of that must be a reference to the infamous “Space Jockey” which he’s talked about before. It’s an alien life form referenced in the previous Alien movies, but never seen. Does this mean the Aliens we know where designed in a lab? Are they an experiment run amok and not some natural occurrence? That might actually explain a lot, including the remains of the Space Jockey found in Alien. Was he an alien scientist slaughtered by his own experiment? Here’s what was left of him, after the Alien creatures had their way with him: