In April 20th Century Fox Chairman Tom Rothman confirmed discussions were underway to develop an Alien prequel film and that they were hoping it would be helmed by Ridley Scott, the director of the original Alien that started the whole franchise.
A month later (in May) Ridley Scott’s brother Tony confirmed relative unknown Carl Rinsch was attached to direct the film.
Carl Rinsch is a newcomer who has never directed a feature film before, but he’s demonstrated a lot of creative talent in a truck load of shorts including The Evolution of Technology and a host of many other innovative commercials (do a search of YouTube for his name to see what I mean).
But whilst Rinsch reportedly has the support of both Tony and Ridley Scott it seems he doesn’t have the support of 20th Century Fox, according to a recent report on EW.
Sources at Fox, however, tell EW that the studio is not interested in greenlighting a prequel unless Scott himself directs. Scott and his reps didn’t respond to calls for comment.
It remains too early to confirm a title for the new film, shooting dates or a release schedule – and now it seems it might be too early to say the movie is going ahead.
I’m seriously hoping Fox go with the Scott’s recommendation to hand Rinsch the helm, otherwise the prequel might die an early death.
More on this story as it develops.