Horror site Bloody Disgusting has broken a rumor that 20th Century Fox is planning on doing what many geeks and even film purists would call the unthinkable: remaking Alien.
I’m fine with rebooting a franchise in general, but this one makes no sense whatsoever. 30 years after its release, Alien holds up incredibly well and still serves as a pattern from which movies are made and patterned wholesale. A remake of the film seems incredibly shortsighted, especially with the years of prequel talk and a mythology that’s ripe for continuation down other avenues beyond revisiting the original.
In what can only come as small consolation, original director Ridley Scott is slated to produce, with new guy and Scott Free (Ridley/Tony Scott’s production company) veteran Carl Rinsch directing. There’s some potential here, fanboyism aside, but hopefully this stands as simply a rumor or wires crossed with another project.
Seeing as how reboot mania is all the rage, I’m a little pessimistic with a slight chance of optimism.