By Dave Campbell | August 3, 2009
Ridley Scott has now upped his credits for the Alien 5 project by adding director to his resume.
Scott has apparently replaced commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch, who was the original pick by the Scott brothers (Ridley & Tony Scott) who are producing under their Scott Free Productions banner per the screenplay written by Jon Spaihts. Was Twentieth Century Fox nervous about Rinsch, or did Ridley Scott just want to reclaim and do justice to his 30 year old classic?
It has also been confirmed that the film is a prequel to the 1979 original Alien, also directed by Ridley Scott, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them.
Spaihts’ draft has been enthusiastically received by Fox and the Scott alike, which should provide a little glimmer of hope to the franchise fan base. Spaihts is also attached to Shadow 19, Passengers,The Darkest Hour, Children of Mars, and George and the Dragon, with the Alien prequel being his biggest upcoming project.