If Ridley Scott has his way, you can forget about just one “Alien” prequel — Scott would love to do two, and both will focus on the “space jockey” character (pictured) that was found already dead by the crew of the Nostromo (Ellen Ripley and company) at the start of the first “Alien” movie. So who was that guy, and how did he bite it? It looks like we’re going to find out — and then some.
As Scott relates at this weekend’s Hero Complex Film Festival:
“No one ever asked that question: What’s the story there? I was always surprised that people didn’t ask that one. Now we’re going to answer that question. To me, a prequel is interesting, much more interesting than a sequel. They never asked me to do the sequels.
“There was a massive giant lying in a chair and the chair was either a form of engine or some piece of technology . . . and we’re going to go back [and ask]: ‘Who the hell is the space jockey?’
“What we’re going to try to do is squeeze in two prequels. . . if you explain who he was and where did he come from. . . then you may want to find out where they came from, you might want to go to him and go to the place where his people come from.”
The thing about the space jockey? Sure, he’s huge compared to a normal human, but that doesn’t really mean he couldn’t just be a bigger version of another human-like species. He was wearing a space suit or an exoskeleton when we first saw him, after all, so it’s entirely possible that the actual creature inside could look somewhat human with a kinky style.
In any case, Scott confirms that the script has been written, and that he’s prepping the prequel as we speak. And oh yeah, they’re thinking about doing it in 3D, which basically means they are doing it in 3D. Sigh.
Here’s a look at the Space Jockey in proportion to the humans…