Alien prequel secrets revealed
Ridley Scott has been talking about his Alien prequels and revealed some interesting facts about the film, and especially about the relationship between the huge alien we see in the first film sitting in that chair and all those Alien eggs in the ship.
When I first saw that film I assumed that the giant creature had met the same fate as the crew did in the film, the creature boarded the ship, killed them all, but had a chance to breed, lay the eggs, and lay dormant for people to discover it. Not so it seems.
Speaking as though he was still fleshing out the idea, Ridley Scott has been talking about what the Aliens were to these creatures, and it sounds much more than what you might have at first thought.
"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?"
Wow, so what we're saying is that those huge creatures were creating the Aliens as a colonising or clearing tool for planets, wipe out all the natural life there, maybe a little like the colonisation that we saw in the Alien films by the humans themselves.
However this raises tons of questions, why were they doing it, and if the Aliens were weapons or cleaner-upperers, what did the huge creatures use to stop them once they'd wiped out their target, be it planet or army? After all they'd be left with all these Aliens running around.
It's an interesting place to come from for the story for the prequels, but lets bear in mind that Jon Spaihts wrote the script that Damon Lindelof is currently involved in rewriting, so it may not be the actual answer we see in the film.
What I like most about the interview is the comment he has for James Cameron, talking possibly about the Alien sequel he made as well as the 3D aspect that Scott will employ in the Alien prequels:
"Jim's raised the bar and I've got to jump to it...He's not going to get away with it."
It's said in a friendly manner and sounds like Scott does have a strong passion for making these two films work. I do hope that's the case and he doesn't lose sight of what the first film was.