Ridley Scott Talks “Alien” Prequel

Ridley Scott is now firmly looking at his 3D “Alien” two-part prequel as his next project, the “Robin Hood” director telling UK paper The Independent that he expects the venture to take no prisoners.

“The film will be really tough, really nasty. It’s the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?” says Scott. “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindoff is polishing the first prequel’s script set three decades before the events in the 1979 original film.

Scott takes a friendly jab at “Aliens” director James Cameron, seeing the success he had with the first sequel as a challenge he has to at least match with these films – “Jim’s raised the bar and I’ve got to jump to it.”

Meanwhile, Digital Spy reports that actress Gemma Arterton has indicated she’ll meet with Scott about possibly starring in the planned prequels. Scott was apparently so impressed with her work in recent British thriller “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” that he wants to meet with her for the main female role.

Arterton however has a busy schedule including Richard E. Grant’s cowboy comedy “In With the Outlaws”, and the Ruth Rendell novel adaptation “The Keys To The Street”.