“It’s a brand new box of tricks,” said Sir Ridley. “We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior.”...reveals Scott in THIS discussion with Empire. Carl Rinsch, a director for the Scott Brothers, was initially announced as the helmer of the new ALIEN film. A few months later, reports circulated that Ridley would be directing the film instead (details in Variety).