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Ridley Scott Says TWO ‘Alien’ Prequels Coming; Sacrificing Quality For 3D?
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A press junket for the upcoming Robin Hood was held recently and Ridley Scott was up to answering many questions, including some about his upcoming prequel to Alien.

In a majorly unexpected announcement, Scott declared that it would not just be one prequel movie, but that it would be a two-part film leading up to the events of the original 1979 horror classic. When asked if he would be directing both parts and if they would be filming them both at the same time — as is a popular method for multi-film projects these days — Ridley simply suggested that he was concentrating on the first right now. If Scott was to direct both, the simultaneous approach would be best.

If he’s only doing the first and leaving the second to someone like maybe Carl Erik Rinsch, who was originally set to direct the prequel before Ridley was talked into taking it on himself.

Scott was also asked whether the prequel would be in 3D. Sadly, he wasted no time dancing around it and said straight and clear that “absolutely” it would be. This is depressing; we know the technology only really works with certain titles, and anything to do with Alien is not one you would think would work. Even worse, Scott explained that the downside to it being in 3D is that that in-turn affects the lighting because it’s hard to do 3D in the dark. Considering how important the lighting was to the original films, you can’t help but fear that the completely unnecessary addition of 3D could be the downfall of this Alien prequel already.

The problem is you’ll have to grade it later. You’ll have to grit your teeth and light it not the way you’d like it. And then later, you’re gonna have to regrade it. Repaint it.

Is two movies even better than one, and are you concerned with this information regarding 3D and lighting changes?

[Source: Collider]


  1. Hm. I don’t know that “black” translates very well to the 3D process. Aren’t these aliens very dark, if not entirely black? I get that their blood drips and oozes bright green but that’s just going to look funny. For something like this, especially since I LOVE all of the Alien movies, I’d think Ridley Scott’s time and money is better invested in guaranteeing a great story. Leave 3D to Ghostbusters. Let Aliens be dark and moody, with lots of suspense and enjoyably horrific kills.

    Comment by Paul — April 26, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  2. 3D or not who cares. If Ridleys doing it I’m freaking there! This guy can do nearly no wrong in my book. Psyched!

    Comment by Harkonen — April 27, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  3. Let’s see, in the ’50s there were a ton of 3D movies, then the trend fizzled out. In the ’80s there were a ton of 3D movies, then the trend fizzled out. I can’t help but think that this latest 3D craze is going to – again – fizzle out. 3D is just a gimmicky, recurring fad. But that therein is not the problem — it’s that re-evaluating those now-old 3D films, most of ’em look terrible… not to mention that watching ’em in 2D, many of the on-screen happenings seem tediously pointless (the paddleball in the original “House of Wax,” the can-can dancer in “The Bubble,” Jason’s machete comin’ at ya in “Friday the 13th: 3D,” etc.).

    The original “Alien” has held up so remarkably well 30+ years later that it feels almost timeless. Ridley Scott returning to the helm COULD be a great thing, but if they’re going with 3D, there’s a good chance that the new film could be instantly dated and look as bad in 30 years as the hokey CGI creatures now do in “Alien: Resurrection” (not that they looked especially good in 1997…). This just strikes me as a horrible idea.

    Comment by Vinnie Rattolle — April 27, 2010 @ 9:16 am

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