Ridley Scott discussed plans for two Alien prequels on Sunday while closing out the first ever Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival. According to Scott, the films will take place long before the original and will focus on "The Space Jockey," otherwise known as the giant skeleton encountered by Kane (John Hurt) in the first film.
The legendary director said he was upset about not being asked to participate in the original sequels, noting that he was unaware of Aliens until after James Cameron began filming. Had he been given the chance, he would have focused on the origin story of “The Space Jockey,” as he is now.
While he was tight lipped with details, Scott did mention that the plot will focus on the "untold story of how ‘The Space Jockey’ became a legend," including his exploit fighting the French in the south of England and his involvement with the drafting of the Magna Carta. (Collider)