It seems that a classic sci-fi film is in line to get a brand new origin story. According to Bloody-Disgusting, Fox is developing a new origin story for the 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien. The site had originally reported that the project was going to be a straight-up remake of the film, but shortly thereafter the story was updated with information that another source indicated the new project was going to be an origin story and not a remake.
The site was reporting that Michael Costigan, Tony Scott and his brother Ridley Scott, who directed the 1979 film, are all attached to produce, with Carl Rinsch set to direct. It was said that Rinsch is a commercial and music video director who also does producing work for Tony and Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free Productions, who are producing the remake.
UPDATE: (5/29/09 5:45 PM PST) Today Collider was able to confirm this new film will be a prequel from producer Tony Scott, who also confirmed that Carl Rinsch will be directing. Here's an excerpt of what the producer had to say.
Collider: 20th Century Fox is talking about remaking or redoing the original Alien. What's going on with that?
Tony Scott: Yes, Carl Rinsch is going to do the prequel to Alien. He's one of our directors at our company.
Collider: I'm going to be blunt about this. Fox has not been doing a great job recently with their movies. They haven't been an artist friendly studio. Are you guys going to have some creative control and make this a kick-ass film?
Tony: Yes! But Fox is our home. They finace our production company.
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