Late last week we reported that the Scott Bros. (Ridley and Tony) were putting together an Alien reboot with commercial director Carl Rinsch on board. Correction: Carl Rinch will be the director, but Tony Scott has confirmed now that it’s not actually a reboot. It’s a prequel.
And why is the worse? In my opinion, a reboot would’ve at least separated a new Alien franchise from the flagging existing franchise. A prequel means Carl Rinsch will be working in the same universe. And while that universe does include the phenomenal Alien and Aliens, it also includes Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and, in spirit anyway, the two Alien vs. Predator films. A prequel — an idea first floated by James Cameron and Ridley Scott earlier this decade, was abandoned, appropriately, when the studio decided to milk the series with the AvP movies.
All of which is to say, in both scenarios, it looks like they’re still trying to milk the franchise, with a prequel, the fate of the Alien is predetermined: It will eventually face off against the Predator and, eventually, Ripley. With a reboot, at least they could start all over from scratch and pretend like the AvP movies never existed.
Plus, I’m sick to death of origins stories, unless they are also part of a reboot (like Batman Begins).
Anyway, that’s the status. In either case, the Scott Bros. aren’t leaving well enough alone.