Prometheus: A New Beast

a) Questions about a new alien design
Ridley knew that he would have to redesign the beast for a new Alien movie, he felt that the shape of the old familar creature was worn out, and by the fourth one, it was trapped in a box being viewed through a glass wall, seeminglt impotent.

It might as well have been a glass box in his mind. It would be like putting a shark in a glass tank, where to make him dangerous, he has to be kept in open water.

His original film was a shootemup and shootemout in the old dark hose, and they kept repeating it, but he didn't want to repeat it.

He would have to design the earlier version of the alien life form to show off what exactly led to the facehugger eggs found in the bottom of the Derelict vessel in the original 'Alien' film.

b) Questions about Giger's involvement
The big question at the time was whether Giger would be involved.

Scott would certainly talk with Giger about the designs, but would be get something as original as what Giger came up with for the original Alien movie?

He thought Giger would only come up with something that was a variation on ideas from him that we were already familiar with. Scott wanted something more original.

Quote sources
  1. Back in July in 2008, at a Warner Brothers Studio Backlot tour, he was asked by Jay from the site about the possibility of returning to the Franchise, Ridley talked about the need for a new beast, "I'd have to redesign the beast" he said, "and it's not like lets go back to Giger and give us another beast , you're not going to get it, you're going to get a variation on a theme, and people have seen it, so you'd come up with something more original even."(Warner Brothers Studio Backlot tour,
  2. MTV: So will you be creating new aliens for your prequel?
    Ridley Scott: What you have to do is — were there four or five "Alien" films? I can't remember how many followed.
    MTV: There were three after you, then the "Alien vs. Predator" nonsense.
    Ridley Scott: Yeah, the thing about "Alien vs. Predator" is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design — or redesign — earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien," which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger.
    MTV: OK.
    Ridley Scott: I don't want to repeat it. The alien in a sense, as a shape, is worn out.
    (MTV , April 22nd, 2010)
  3. Ridley Scott "They've squeezed the franchise dry. The first one will always be the most frightening, because the beast we put together with Giger and all its parts — the face-hugger, the chest-burster, the egg — they were all totally original, and that's hard to follow."(MTV, April 22nd, 2010) 
  4. Interviewer: Was that every a concern for you that it wouldn't be scary anymore

    Ridley Scott: Cooked it there, I think we overcooked it in a, you know, because, mine was a shootemup and shootemout, and you're going to die in the old dark house, and so I'm a B movie, really it's a B movie plot, but we did an AA+ because of great cast, great sets, he's special, without him, it wouldn't be the same movie. Problem is, all good directors, all good films, but they follow through shootemup and shootemout, so to me I think he wore out. By the time you get to the final one, you've got him in a glass box, you're studying him so that immediately he's impotent, you can't do that to him, it's like suddenly putting a tar shark in a tank, you've got to keep him in the water, erm, so I felt he was done, so what I did, I said, I could lift the lid of this by asking the key question, who why what and when, and who created this for what purpose, so that provoked Covenant, Prometheus. (On Demand Entertainment, 8 May 2017, Youtube: Spoiler Alert!: Ridley Scott's secret plans for the future of the Alien franchise)  
  5. MTV: Will you consult the original alien designer, H.R. Giger, on these ideas?
    Ridley Scott: Yeah, he's still around. Once I get more serious and get going, and the big wheels start turning, we'll certainly talk. And maybe we'll come up with something completely different. (MTV, April 22nd, 2010)

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