Alien is a great science fiction movie. It’s a smart thriller, exciting enough to be action but intelligent enough to be respected thirty years after it was made. Aliens, the sequel, is regarded as one of the great sequels of all time, up with The Godfather part II and Toy Story 2. It was actually nominated for more Academy Awards than the original, when the Academy wasn’t quite so stuffy, and Sigourney Weaver was even up for best picture. Then, as is the way with so many great series, the third was only so-so and I don’t even know what you mean by “Alien Resurrection.” Winona Ryder? Who’s that?
Then there were the two cross over AVP movies. I only saw the first, and have to admit… It’s a guilty pleasure.
But there’s been rumor of a prequel or remake to Alien for some time now, and fans have had their fingers crossed that the original director, Ridley Scott, might return. And lo and behold, it was announced today that he has, giving this film a glimmer of hope and some solid credentials. It will be a prequel, it turns out. Let’s hope it’s a good one.