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What made Ridley Scott revisit the world of his his iconic movie Alien more than 30 years later? The reasons are complicated, writes Damon Wise, and the results aren't what you'd expect

They say never go back, and in the case of Alien, why would you? The 1979 original, unusually for a cult movie, was a massive hit in its day, and its appeal has not only endured but grown stronger with time – rare for a science fiction film, since nothing dates so quickly as a vision of the future. Unlike with his 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, Alien's perfectionist director Ridley Scott has pretty much left the movie alone, releasing only one mildly tinkered-with Director's Cut. Which, for him, shows quite an element of restraint.

Of course, the world of Alien was returned to, first with James Cameron's 1986 Aliens, not only a great sequel but one of the greatest action movies ever. »

- Damon Wise

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