Jon Spaihts Pens “Alien” Prequel

Jon Spaihts (“Passengers,” “Shadow 19”) has been hired to write a prequel to 1979’s “Alien” in development at 20th Century Fox reports Variety.

Preceding that first film, the project marks the return of Ridley Scott to the franchise with the helmer returning to the director’s chair.

Spaihts got the job after pitching the studio and Scott Free, which will produce the film.