Alien was released in 1979 and quickly became a cult classic. Its success led to three sequels, two crossover films and two prequels. The film is known for its groundbreaking alien designs, special effects (like the chest-burster scene) and its lead character Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver.
The role launched Weaver into stardom. And the character became one of the most loved female action heroes of the time, serving as a template for female heroes that followed.
The idea for the film was conceived by screenwriters Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The duo presented the script to 20th Century Fox as “Jaws in space”. While the studio wasn’t all that interested at first, they gave the movie the green light after the success of Star Wars (which they also distributed).
The story follows a crew onboard a spaceship who are confronted by an alien, called a xenomorph, who begins to wipe them out one by one.
In a recent interview (about the original film) with the L.A Times, Scott expressed his interest in directing the third prequel.
He revealed that his idea for a follow-up movie is closely linked to the original, saying…
“What I always thought when I was making the first one was why would a creature like this be made and why was it travelling in, what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question – who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”
The origin of the xenomorph has always been a mystery, which the existing prequels tried to answer – sort of. Of course, if you’re being hunted by xenomorph, what other information do you really need?