Variety reports that after months speculation, 20th Century Fox plans to resuscitate the Alien
franchise with a prequel film that will be directed by the original's director, Ridley Scott
The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, 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.
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts
has been hired to write the prequel after the studio was impressed by his work on two space thrillers, both for Keanu Reeves
, called "Passengers" and "Shadow 19".