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Ridley Scott has confirmed that a new Aliens movie is in the works.
Plans for another instalment of the sci-fi classic have been talked about for some time, but the director has now revealed that progress is being made.
Scott directed the original 1979 classic, with James Cameron taking over for Aliens, David Fincher for Alien 3, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Alien: Resurrection.
Then, in 2012, he returned to take over the reins for Prometheus, and then again for Alien: Covenant five years later.
Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, the 82-year-old said it was doubtful that he would be jumping back into those storylines.
He said: "That's in process. We went down a route to try and reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant.
"Whether or not we go directly back to that is doubtful because Prometheus woke it up very well. But you know, you're asking fundamental questions like, 'Has the Alien himself, the facehugger, the chestburster, have they all run out of steam? Do you have to rethink the whole bloody thing and simply use the word to franchise?' That's always the fundamental question."
These latest comments echo what the veteran director said back in June when he admitted that there were some questions that needed answering.
At the time, he said: "I still think there's a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you'll have to now re-evolve.
"What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs.
"What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That's the thing to question - who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think."
Earlier this year, one of the original movie's producers, Doug Wick, told Comic Book: "Ridley would love to do it. It's really all about getting something on paper. Everyone [involved with the original] loves the movie too much to ever consider cheaply exploiting it and making something that's a shadow of it.
"It's just really a clear creative problem, working on a script, and if we can ever get it to a place... Ridley's working on it, it's really just a question of whether we can get it to a place where it feels worthy to make it. It's a real challenge."
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