20th Century Fox is reportedly looking to do a remake of Alien. In space, no one can hear you scream “Fuck this movie!”
I know a lot of readers out there have come to accept this remake trend but this is different. This is Alien. This is like announcing you’re going to do a remake of Jaws or Casablanca or The Wizard of Oz or Citizen Kane. Alien is not a movie you’re going to improve upon. Even the special effects hold up pretty well by today’s CGI-centric standards. You are not going to make a better Alien. End of story.
This story comes courtesy of Bloody Disgusting and how I hope it gets proven to be false. I’ll just copy and paste from their article here because my fingertips are currently filled with too much rage to reinterpret their story in my own words.
“Michael Costigan, Ridley Scott and even Tony Scott are all on board to produce and have tapped Carl Rinsch to get beyond the camera and bring a new Ripley to the big screen.
Who is Carl Rinsch? I’m being told he’s a commercial/music video director and does work for Scott Free Productions, who is also producing the remake.”
Bloody Disgusting has since updated their anonymous tipster story having gotten word from a reliable source that the plan is to do an “origins story“, which I assume would mean to explain how the alien craft discovered in the original Alien ended up where it did and, presumably, explain where the Alien race came from. If so, that’s not nearly as bile-inducing as a straight-up remake. It still screams “prequel” and the only thing I’m as sick of as remakes is prequels.
The good news is that we can all take this as a grain of salt until an official confirmation or denial comes about and I predict that will come swiftly. Let’s hope sanity prevails.
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