Good news for those who like their alien spaceships properly oozing, dark, and pseudo-sexual: H.R. Giger is now confirmed as a contributor to Ridley Scott's new Alien prequel. Giger is the artist who designed all of the alien looks in the original sci-fi horror flick, and so it is he who we can thank for those extraterrestrials known sometimes as xenomorphs, but more commonly called simply, significantly, aliens.
Damon Lindelof, a.k.a. the less grumpy of the two former executive producers of LOST, has just sealed the deal for his first solo screenwriting contract since the island adventures ended. Lindelof will be taking on rewrite work for a prequel for the Alien franchise, which could use a jolt of popularity. After all, when Joss Whedon was talking about cool props he has at home, he said "an alien egg, but I had to bury the franchise to get it." Well let's hope Lindelof can dig it up and give it some weird alien CPR or something. For those of you worried that Lindelof might just start over and make up the whole prequel as he goes along, leading to an unsatisfactory, overly spiritual ending, never fear! Lindelof has already met with 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott, who Fox wants to direct the feature, to discuss ideas for the prequel. See? Planning ahead. But, perhaps unfortunately depending on your sentiments toward the franchise, "the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film," according to Deadline.
It stands to reason that Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, is an icon in sci-fi -- and horror -- filmmaking. This isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill hyperbole; released in 1979, with Star Wars' popularity only growing, it broke some serious ground and put Scott on the map. What it did, it did very well, from the slow, breathtaking shots in the darkness of space, to the singularly original design of H.R. Giger's Alien itself. I'd bet money that even those who never saw the film have heard the tagline, "In space, no one can hear you scream." And its influence can still be felt today. Although Scott wouldn't stay on for the film's three sequels (No one is counting the Alien vs. Predator series), Sigourney Weaver did, turning the protagonist Ellen Ripley into an archetypal sci-fi heroine. In 2002, it was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. And gaming owes a major debt to it, especially when you consider Samus Aran of Metroid fame. So to hear that Ridley Scott is working on two Alien prequels -- and in 3D no less -- made me both a little excited and a little anxious.