Empire magazine got a chance to talk to director Ridley
"It's a brand new box of tricks," said Scott. "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."
It was announced this summer that Jon Spaihts was writing the script for the prequel.
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