Return To 'Alien' Becomes A Reality, Prequel Confirmed By Tony Scott

Tony ScottHey folks... I just have a quick follow-up for you on last week's rumored news that Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien" would be getting the remake/reboot treatment. There's been a development, and it's either good or bad depending on your point of view with these sorts of things. Specifically, Tony Scott has confirmed with Collider that a return to "Alien" is indeed in the works.

But wait, there's more! A full quote in fact, confirming most of the rumor and clarifying a small piece. Here it is, straight from Tony: "Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to 'Alien.' He’s one of our directors at our company." So that's a yes on commercials director Carl Rinsch being onboard and a confirmation that the new project will in fact be a prequel.

I was pretty iffy when the original rumor mentioned a possible remake/reboot, but a full-blown prequel is much more palatable. "Alien" is a fantastic film, one that still holds up today, and better than most. Screwing with something so entertaining, so revered would be a bad move. A prequel, on the other hand, grants some license. There's more flexibility. Hopefully we can expect a solid script and some great things from Mr. Rinsch.

Scott (again, Tony) reveals no other details in the interview, merely stating that he hopes to start shooting before the end of the year. For now, I'll remain cautiously optimistic.

How do you feel now that this project is a confirmed prequel? Do you think a first-time feature director like Rinsch is up to the challenge of taking on such an established franchise? Would you prefer it if Ridley Scott was running the show instead? Where do you see an "Alien" prequel going?