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Ridley Scott Talks Alien in 3D and Confirms Two Prequels

While doing press for his upcoming Robin Hood feature, it was only a matter of time before the journos in attendance turned the conversation toward the four-hundred-pound Xenomorph in the room — the Alien prequel.

According to one of many sites on the scene, HitFix, Scott confirmed a couple of things, mainly that it will definitely be in 3D. “Of course it will be in 3D,” said Scott. That’s a pretty rock solid confirmation if we ever heard one.

Given how amazingly visual a director Ridley is and the fact that he made Alien with little tech at his disposal, it’s going to be great seeing what he can cook up with all of today’s advancements.

“I had no digital technology at all,” Scott said at the junket. “The movies that followed us in the series, they all had tech. But I had no computers at all. ‘Alien’ was all physical. Even the spaceship, which was about the size of this table. You’d just hang it from a wire and the camera would push in underneath… I was the operator on it myself. You’d try to keep it steady with this fan and all this dry ice blowing to give some sense of movement. That was it. And it worked pretty good, actually.”

Even more interesting … as the junket was coming to a close, Devin Feraci of CHUD.com and the others mentioned to Scott that they’re all really curious as to what kind of a prequel he has on tap for everyone, to which Scott replied, “Prequels. Two films,” leading up to the events in the original Alien.

Oh, happy day. Ridley doing one more entry in the Alien franchise was great news, but now two? Hell yeah!

Ridley Scott Talks Alien in 3D and Confirms Two Prequels

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  • Gus Bjork

    Hey guys, sorry I took off. I had some work I needed to get done. Did I miss anything?

  • Vanvance1

    Scott hasn’t mad a great movie since Blade Runner. Still I’d rather see this in his hands than someone else’s trying to reinvent his franchise.

    • Floydian Trip

      Wrong! So wrong. Don’t make me whip out the filmography again which I will do. Black Hawk Down and American Gangster can definitely be considered great movies and I happen to think the Kingdom of Heaven director’s cut is pretty amazing.

      • Terminal

        Black Hawk Down was patriotic propagandist swill, American Gangster was dull as day old bread, and Kingdom of Heaven was very very very very boring and long.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Floydian Trip

          So you’re not American then I take it.

          • Terminal

            I was born in America. Grew up American. And didn’t fall for the endless array of “god bless america, america is the best” war movies that came out after 9/11 like everyone else did. So yep, I’m an American.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            Then you’re not a patriotic American and have never served this country.

          • Terminal

            You mean I’m not a sap who fought a pointless staged war started by a greedy American who ran this country in to the ground and is now letting an incompetent man be blamed for it while pretending his run as presidency was not so bad?

            Nope. Oh god, did I offend someone? I hope not.

            Floydian I really have to pick that brain of yours sometimes. It’s got to be a wild wondrous trip.

            Either way, Scott is not invincible.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            To respond to both of you I was in Desert Storm. What was wrong with the US intervening in genocide? Who else went to their aid? Hardly anybody was even aware that we even went to Somalia and that it turned into the bloodiest fighting since Vietnam at the time. The movie was about awareness. I did read the book first and while the movie is different, to be expected, it captured the important aspects of the fighting and bravery better than anyone else could have done. My gf, who’s ex was in the Marines for 18 years starting out as a Ranger and becoming a Green Beret who was courted by Delta, watched it in the theatre with guys who were there and gave her a running commentary. They liked the movie and only said that it didn’t quite capture the brutality of it all. So if the men who were there liked it then that’s the best endorsement the movie could get, imo.

            Besides, Black Hawk Down showed the highest level of cooperation from the DoD that has ever happened in film because of its importance.

          • Terminal

            Awareness that Ridley Scott was contributing to the lame propaganda of America by making a movie about a highly questionable story in the first place. Many war stories were fabricated or distorted to help headlines. Most of the heroic shit that went on during the Iraq war was fabricated and staged.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            You make me fucking sick. I am so pissed off about these comments I’m not responding anymore.

          • Terminal

            Happy trails to you, until we meet again…
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            First off: Thank you for serving. And I did like Black Hawk Down. I even have the soundtrack. Point I was trying to make is we need to have an open mind and not be blindly patriotic.I would be willing to bet that not everyone who has served or is serving necessarily “agrees” with why their there. (Vietnam,Desert Storm,Present day Iraq and Afghanistan)

          • Terminal

            See? Not to press the issue further but I don’t get why we thank soldiers. I mean no one tells firefighters, “Thank you for doing your job,” or officers “Thank you for arresting me.” It’s weird. I’m going to thank my McDonald’s attendant for giving me extra ketchup.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            I ALWAYS thank McDonalds employees for ketchup. Dude, getting condiments from those mofos is NOT easy! You’d think there was like a world wide ketchup shortage or something! And if you’re going through a drive-thru….sheesh.

          • Terminal

            Ain’t that the truth, hehe. What’s so bad about giving someone more than two packets?
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            I think if they get caught on camera (which takes us back to the conversation we were all having the other day about being watched over on Eyeborg)putting more than the alloted TWO ketchup packets in a bag they get eloctroshock next time they use the cash register. Either that or they deduct the cost from their pay. AND…..before ANYONE says something (you must be sleeping Terminal anyone else you would have been all over this haha) I should have said world wide tomato shortage. Not ketchup shortage. I know where ketchup comes from…..just sayin’

          • Floydian Trip

            I thank every service member I run into vet and currently serving. I don’t care if they were in Saigon or fresh out of boot camp. I wrote a paper on the fact that our entrance into the Vietnam War was a set-up and government conspiracy. That doesn’t mean I think the men who were there aren’t honorable. I’m talkiing about the men and women here, not the politics but people who haven’t been a part of it probably just don’t understand that.

          • FireRam

            F! I meant They’re there(not their).
            I’m the first to go and laugh at someone who fucks up were we’re and where, and there,their and they’re, and I fucked it up haha. Good thing about me though….I’m the first to admit my own mistakes haha.

          • FireRam

            Well, here’s the thing. In the cold war days, the U.S.S.R hated us. Now, other countries hate us. Why? Because of the propaganda their government fed them. Kids were taught things that weren’t necessarily true about us and our country. Now, on the other hand, WE are fed information (taught if you will) that leads us to believe we are great and do no wrong. Well, that’s pretty closed minded just to take that in and smile and sing God bless America. I love this country, I graduated in 1989. I tried to enter the marines when Desert Storm started. However, we(U.S.A) are not always right,we’re not perfect, our government does things that are very questionable and we often do not know the real reason things get done. With that said, that is pro-realism not anti-patriotism. I love the USA, but I love it with an open mind. I know things this country does sometimes are not always right but I don’t care because we’re one badass mofo and I’d rather live here than anywhere else. But….I’m still realistic.

          • Terminal

            We’re just as bad as other countries are except we hide behind veils of self-righteousness and superiority to hide the fact we’re xenophobic greedy pigs prone to believing whatever our government tells us.

            Michael Moore was crucified for speaking out against the Iraq war in Fahrenheit 9/11. Now he’s deemed as someone with immense foresight.

            Granted, I don’t like Moore, but he’s laughing his ass off screaming “I told you so! I told you so!” This country is in the toilet in every form and that’s because dumb Americans bought whatever their government fed them.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            True.
            Side note: Right or not I can’t fucking stand Moore. There is just something about him that just the sight of him makes me angry and I just want to knife hand strike him to the larynx.I don’t know what it is. I just get a noticable feeling of contempt when I hear him.

          • Dr Malachi Constant

            ‘Then you’re not a patriotic American and have never served this country.”

            Dude. Are you really THAT simple? I mean, I’ve had my suspicions, before, but this just confirms ‘em.

          • Terminal

            He’s a walking cliche, what can you say?
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            So what you’re telling me Malachi is that I shouldn’t be proud to have served and that we shouldn’t honor the men and women who have and do and put their lives on the line every single day? That Desert Storm/Shield which I spent two years of my life being a part of was what?

          • The Woman In Black

            Whoa. Are you serious? To me our very MOST patriotic citizens are those who question the government and don’t fall in lock-step with whatever they’re selling as patriotism du jour. And just because someone hasn’t served in the military, that doesn’t mean they don’t love this country, myself included.

          • Floydian Trip

            So you agree that a movie like Black Hawk Down is propaganda?

          • The Woman In Black

            In some ways, yes. As are most war films. But they’re not always “pro”. Propaganda works both ways (i.e., Coming Home on the “anti” side).

          • Terminal

            WIB once again you’re correct. Anti-war and pro-war films are pretty dominant right now. After 9/11 the media enforced the whole “we have to go to war” sentiment, and now that we’re in too deep we’re witnessing the “we have to get out” sentiment.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            You’re obviously not understanding where I’m coming from. 2 years ago I went to the Army recruiter. I wanted to give up my great job and become a Ranger and go to Iraq. The politics don’t matter to me. Whether we should be there or not, who gives a flying fuck. All I knew was that there were other men there, fellow Americans putting their lives on the line and I felt that I should be there too. They told me I was too old now even with my past service. I was deadly serious about it and I’m still upset that I can’t be there. You can analyze every war in history. As I said I did that with the Vietnam War for school. We shouldn’t have been there but I would have been there voluntarily. If I were interested in politics I’d be a goddamn politician.

          • Terminal

            No if you examined politics before going to a war, you’d be an actual American. Americans question their government, they don’t go in to battle blindly. There are thousands of graves filled with “patriots” like you.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            The next time you stop a war from happening Terminal let me know. I hadn’t realized you were actually the President of the United States.

          • Terminal

            Well now you know, kid. I am the first Hispanic president. El Presidente! Go wave a flag Nick Fury.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Floydian Trip

            The disrespect you’re showing to men and women in the military is what is pissing me off. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to question military action or that everyone must serve. What I am saying is that it’s pretty dumb for people to think that the world is suddenly going to become some kind of Star Trekkian utopia. There will always be war and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. When we’re done in Iraq and Afghanistan we’ll move on to somewhere else. Probably Iran who wants nothing more than to be able to nuke Isreal. Since the US is the only superpower left in the world to think that we’ll ever see peace is naive. So people can decide to do one of two things. Sit back smoke pot and bitch about it or go out with fellow Americans and fight in it. Whether it’s voluntary or they institute the draft again people will go but these days there’s more than enough people who want to join and who would be proud to put on a uniform.

          • Gus Bjork

            Pretty much Obama’s speech when he accepted the Noble Peace Prize this year.

          • Floydian Trip

            Hah, well honestly does it matter who is in the White House or sitting on Congress or how much an average American protests? War is inevitable. The politics behind them was never what I was interested in. Since I was young I have always been interested in the stories of individual men and woman who have been in them. I don’t read book after book about the Vietnam War as a whole I read about the actions of men who have to fight thousands of miles from home in a war that they might not even understand only to come home and get spit on. This whole argument is about Black Hawk Down and the idea that it was merely about propaganda and not about telling the story of individuals. Perhaps some time spent with the special features on the special edition would do some people some good. They’re very comprehensive.

          • Terminal

            They’re very slanted and skewed. “Black Hawk Down” was pure propaganda swill, dude. It was ho hum patriotic flag waving god bless America crap, pure and simple.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Gus Bjork

            I dunno. A good share of my family were in the military and in combat at one time or the other. They never banged a drum about it. Never bragged about it or put themselves on a higher place. What stories they would tell were sad. My uncle was a navigator on a B-17 during WW2. His fingers got frozen pulling the bombadier back into the plane when the bomb doors accidently opened too soon and he become a trainer. My grandfather was a scout in the first world war (I gave a copy of his diary to my daughter for a advanced placement history class. A few years back I found it hidden away in a locked cabinet drawer. I guess thats going into curriculam). What a cluster fuck that war was. My dad doesn’t talk about Vietnam at all but some of my first memories were he and my mom taking me to these peace rallies (which scared the piss out of me btw). PS When you see my dad skillfully flay a dead animal with this old wire wrapped hilt knife he’s had for as long as I can remember it really kind of creeps you out.

            Deal being that you can’t deny that putting your life on the line for your country is a singularly special thing. Coming into age during Reagan years it was something I refused to do. Was Oliver North really supposed to be a role model? But yet the people that admire most don’t claim special privilege. They did what they did. There’s no ‘Starship Troopers’ mentality with these guys and what came from these kind, gentle, men ever made me think going to war was anything to celebrate.

            (edit…B-17…? My uncle was on a Liberator….that was before the B-17 right?)

          • Terminal

            “The disrespect you’re showing to men and women in the military is what is pissing me off.”

            And yet, I’m going to be sleeping fine tonight.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • The Woman In Black

            You’re right; I don’t understand. That idea is totally foreign and the exact opposite of my personality and beliefs. The politics of war should be the FIRST thing you analyze before deciding whether or not to get involved. If you’re already in the military when war breaks out, that’s one thing. But to join up to fight for a cause that you don’t believe in … that’s the very definition of crazy and yes, even Anti-American, to me.

          • Floydian Trip

            So, if you don’t believe in the reasons for us being there then you want to disrepect the men and the women who ARE there? You want to cut them off and not recognize them or acknowledge their existance or what they went through? To me that’s what is being argued here. I’m sorry but I feel movies like Platoon, We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and The Hurt Locker are important. Hell, just as a microcosmic example I think how very wrong the Department of the Navy was for not only the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the fact that they didn’t know they were missing and allowed hundreds of men to be eaten and drown and then pinned the whole thing on the Captain who later killed himself because of it. There are documentaries about it but I think Spielberg needs to make an epic movie so people don’t forget. Lots of people today aren’t even aware.

          • The Woman In Black

            I’m not disrespecting anybody — except the hypocritical flag-wavers who feel the need to bring up “support our troops” or “remember 9/11″ in everything they say and do when in their hearts they don’t give a damn. If they did, they’d get our young men and women the hell out of a war that we have no business being in and ensure vets have proper medical facilities to take care of them once they’re home. The state of our VA hospitals is an absolute disgrace. And yes, I know what I’m talking about because my dad was on a waiting list for months to get care and ended up dying before his name came up.

          • Floydian Trip

            I wasn’t talking about flag wavers, 9/11, politics or any of those things at any point. I was talking about how the men who were involved in the Somalian Conflict deserve to have there stories told. If you disagree with me, especially given that your father served, well WIB I think you are very wrong this time.

          • The Woman In Black

            I’d prefer to see it in a documentary, not a fictionalized account, but sure, everyone deserves to have his/her story told, even the people our troops were fighting against. I’d just hope it’s being told in a way that doesn’t promote a particular agenda.

          • Floydian Trip

            What kind of agenda do you think Ridley had with Black Hawk Down? He isn’t even American. I know one thing they changed was when the dude fell out of the helicopter in the beginning. In the movie they fired an RPG at them so they had to move the helicopter while the guy was hitting the rope so he missed. In reality he just missed the rope but they didn’t want to embarrass him.

            There ARE a couple of documentaries about the USS Indianapolis but how many people have seen them? How many people would go see a new Spielberg movie?

          • The Woman In Black

            I’m not talking specifically about Black Hawk Down (I haven’t seen it nor do I care to) — just in general. And your last point is exactly what’s wrong with this country. Of course people would rather see a Spielberg movie that ties everything up with a nice pretty bow than the harsh reality of what war is. Atrocities are committed by all sides in all wars.

          • Floydian Trip

            The first casualty of war is innocence. Like I said before there will always be war and people will always either decide to be for it or against it but we should never forget the people that have to fight it. And this argument started with Terminal calling Black Hawk Down propaganda swill thereby disrespecting the men, the individuals I could name them all if you want, who lost their lives. The politics of it won’t ever change the fact that they died and won’t change the incredibly honourable and heroic things they did and it shouldn’t. I hate politics but I care about people. And that is what war is about in the end. People. Do you think Schindler’s List should never have been made? Should we forget about that too?

          • Terminal

            Seriously Floydian you are so ignorant it’s insane. I’m about done paying attention to you for the day, we’ll pick this up tomorrow as we usually do, but seriously:

            You’re pushing your flag waving, bleeding heart, close minded, moronic, country music toting agenda and comparing an empty war filled with propaganda that spawned a bad movie filled with propaganda to a movie about a race that was almost snuffed off the face of the Earth for no apparent reason?

            Are you just goddamn stupid or so desperate to convince us you’re Captain America incarnate?

            Little kids were skinned and the elderly were pushed in to ovens, how does that even compare to an empty pointless war where soldiers who volunteered were killed?

            That was a hypothetical, I don’t want an answer and frankly I won’t be reading it or giving a shit if you do answer it.

            My point is:

            Ridley Scott’s filmography is tattered with bad movies, and Black Hawk Down is one of them. I could give two flying flipping fucks if it was a true story, it was one in a series of really bad war movies made after 9/11 to capitalize of the war like sentiment the American public had and brought on some awful performances, cheesy story, and a lame ass ending.

            Done. I’m through with you Sergeant Slaughter.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            I don’t think Floydian’s being ignorant; he’s just taking it too seriously. We’re just talking about movies, after all.

          • Floydian Trip

            How am I flag waving? I couldn’t be unhappier with the US government right now in the position that I am in. I want to defect to Canada for Christ’s sake. If anything Black Hawk Down showed how idiotic and wasteful the whole thing was. Clinton pulled everyone out after the conflict and we ran with our tail between our legs. It was incredibly pointless in the end though someone had to try and do something about all those people being allowed to starve to death. It was genocide. No different than what Hitler was doing. Do you even know how many Somalians died because the warlords took the food away from them? Or let me guess you just don’t care. The UN couldn’t do a damn thing about it.

          • FireRam

            I watched the documentary on the History channel. I watch alot of documentaries. That was a horrific and tragic event. I walked away for a minute and just sat back down and one thing I have noticed my friend is it seems as if you are not taking to heart anything that is being said. What I mean is you continue (as I read) to bring up troops and that these comments disrespect them. Not a single post says anything about the troops themselves and it seems as though that is what you continue to bring up.No one is forgetting or disrespecting those that serve/served.

          • Floydian Trip

            Plato said “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” I suggest you start getting used to that idea now.

          • FireRam

            “The idea is not to die for your beliefs. The idea is to let someone else die for theirs”.
            -Some guy in The Crow:Wicked Prayer

          • Floydian Trip

            You don’t get the choice of being in a war or not because of your beliefs or politics when you’re in the military. I decided to join when I was about 14 years old. I aced “A” school and got top honors so I was given the best orders in the class which the instructor waited until last to announce to the class. They were being stationed on a sub tender in Holy Loch, Scotland. If you don’t know anything about sub tenders, they don’t leave port. That was fucking shore duty in Scotland I had gotten. Just before my flight, my orders were changed and I was sent to a destroyer in the Persian Gulf. I didn’t complain once. The guys in the Black Hawk Down incident didn’t complain. Every Marine on that base wanted to go out there to get those guys once the mission got fucked up. It’s about the men and women at your side, fuck politics. I wasn’t a senator I was a soldier.

          • Terminal

            And I’m not a patriot, but I play one on TV.

            Sorry, I had to say it. At ease.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            And I’m not just the founder of Patriotism Inc., I’m also a client.

          • Terminal

            Well said WIB.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • FireRam

          I still have yet to see Kingdom of Heaven. Or that long ass movie Colin Farrell is in….same type of movie I forget the title. I saw Troy and after that couldn’t sit and watch a like movie just yet lol. American Gangster was “ok”, nothing spectacular….I was hoping for more action.

          • Terminal

            That movie with Farrell I think is “The Lost World” or “The New World,” or some stupid shit. Lame ass movie about Pocahantas.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhh. I had to look it up.
            ALEXANDER was the movie.

            After I watched Troy, Alexander and Kingdom of Heaven came out within a short period of time and I just couldn’t watch another “similar” movie just yet haha.

          • Terminal

            I don’t blame you. Troy sucked, Kingdom of Heaven was boring as piss, and Alexander was torture.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Terminal

    Really good news, but does he have to resort to 3D? Lame. I hope these movies are good. And please spare the “He’s Ridley Scott, of course it will be good!” because no, not all of his movies have been good.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”