It seems that a new sci-fi prequel may indeed be gearing up for production. IESB was on the red-carpet of the Tempe, AZ premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the site caught up to Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman, who had some interesting things to say about a prequel film to Alien.

"There's been some talk. Ridley Scott, Ridley is right now working on Robin Hood, but I think he's toying with the idea and that would be great for us. I mean, it's always been a matter of, really, if you can get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing, so I've got my fingers crossed, all of them."
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