Some major news on Ridley Scott‘s much-discussed Alien prequel has come down the pipe — news that should fetch some interesting reaction from fans who may or may not have been looking forward to another adventure in that world.
After all the things we’ve been hearing about an Alien prequel, from Sigourney Weaver first talking about a fifth movie back in ’08 to first hints that Scott might actually do it. Then the confirmation that the movie was happening with a new director instead of Scott to Scott choosing to do it himself, and that it would be a two-part prequel. Finally, we found out that LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof was re-writing the script, and that Ridley was possibly going to present a storyline that showed the alien creatures from his classic 1979 horror were actually genetically engineered as weapons.
After ALL of that, it sounds like Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel might not be a prequel at all, and that the story they’ve created has evolved into something completely unique. Something called Prometheus.
20th Century Fox made the announcement today that Prometheus would be released on March 9, 2012, and that one of an expected five major roles has been cast. Noomi Rapace, the star of Sweden’s popular The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, will play a scientist character named Elizabeth Shaw. It’s also said that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are interested in a role, and that the rest of the casting should be announced soon.
But going back to Alien, it appears that after writer Jon Spaihts penned a draft for the prequel, Lindelof was brought in to do the rewrite, and that’s where things began to go beyond what they had ever planned. This new movie is still said to contain plenty of “Alien DNA” within it, but it’s to be much more unique and original than a prequel would have been.
Here’s what Ridley Scott, who hasn’t directed a science fiction film since Blade Runner, had to say about Prometheus:
While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alienâ€™s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.
Lindelof also spoke about the collaboration, saying:
In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley’s vision was for this movie. It’s daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has been nothing short of a dream come true.
Could Prometheus still play much like an Alien prequel? My guess would be yes — in fact I’d expect them to play quite nicely together. But at this moment, it sounds like this movie will be more of a spiritual companion to the Alien films, instead of having any direct relations.
Now…many of you were excited about a new Alien movie and many were appalled at the very thought. What do you think now, reading this news that the movie will actually be more of an original Ridley Scott sci-fi movie written by Damon Lindelof?
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