According to Deadline.com, Ridely Scott’s ALIEN prequel is no longer a prequel— or part of the ALIEN franchise.
20th Century Fox announced that the original science fiction film will be called PROMETHEUS.
Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGAON TATTOO) HAS been signed to play a scientist character named Elizabeth Shaw, while it’s rumored that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are interested in the role of “Vickers”, possibly a “Ripley-style” part.
Apparently, the project did indeed begin as an ALIEN prequel, with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (THE DARKEST HOUR). But then Damon Lindelhof (STAR TREK) came in to work with Ridley Scott on the idea.
According to Scott:
“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 ALIEN’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.”
Damon Lindelhof is quoted as 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.”
According to 20th Century Fox’s Twitter Feed, ALL the the news, inside sources, and rumors you’ve been hearing about the last few days is just internet blather.
A Fox spokesman named Chris Petrikin stated that the Ridley Scott prequel to ALIEN is NOT called PARADISE (which seemed highly dubious, anyway), and that the project is not planned to be be made in two parts.
Even though I did make pains to caution that none of this was confirmed, I’m as guilty as all the other internet sites of lending credence to these rumors, afraid of being lost in the dust. My apologies for jumping on the bandwagon.
In fact, at this stage, we can’t still be sure that the production has or will be greenlighted. Although Ridley Scott had previously said that he had two movies planned, with both parts already scripted, that could well mean that he has a script for the prequel, and another with potential to be a stand-alone sequel to that film.
Since then there’s been news from Scott that intimated that things are moving along towards production in the near future. But developement money and pre-production investment do not necessarily guarantee going into production. Hopefully, the ALIEN prequel will come to fruition.
We’ll try to follow up when more when official statements are made.
Contrary to earlier reports, New York Magazine maintains it has the straight scoop on Ridley Scott’s ALIEN Prequels: They NOT going to be pushed to 2013 and 2014.
According to the site, there was some talk of delaying production of the films so that Leonardo DiCaprio (INCEPTION) could play a major role. Since that’s not going to come to pass, there’s no reason for the long wait.
The title for the prequel (at least the first part) is apparetly PARADISE—not a title that immediately springs to mind for the ALIEN franchise.
The source claims that PARADISE is akin to a reboot of the original ALIEN in which people encounter predatory alien life forms, presumably for the first time. The female lead “Elisabeth Shaw” is rumored to be a role that could be filled by Noomi Rapace. Another stronge female part is said to be the 40-something “Vickers”, with Michelle Yeoh under consideration.
A Bishop-like android, “David” is also reported to be in the script. It’s claimed that the part was offered to Michael Fassbender, whose reps wanted too much money.
WARNING: All of the above is completely unverified, as far as I can tell—just as I cautioned about the original report.
UPDATE 12/10 : As warned, none of this information can be considered reliable. See NEW ITEM
IndieWire is reporting on rumors that Ridley Scott’s ALIEN prequel may be pushed back to 2013 by 20th Century Fox.
Thus far, it’s seemed that the film was moving forward to begin shooting in February, 2011 for a 2012 premiere. The studio was apparently pleased with the revised script by Damon Lindelof (LOST) [ of the Jon Spaihts original] , with a budget set, and even soundstages booked and pre-production FX work underway.
Script Flags was first to carry the news of the push back to 2013 and 2014 for the two parts, respectively. I must caution that I haven’t seen any official response from the studio on this postponement.
So what are the possible hold-ups? Changes to the 20th Century Fox’s over-all schedule? A long-post production period forseen? Second thoughts on the script?
Hard to say, though there have been previous rumblings that Fox brass didn’t see eye-to-eye with Ridley Scott on budgeting for the two-part prequel (presumably resolved), and that it was pushing for a softer approach that would avoid getting an R or the deadly NC-17 rating (an open question).
No casting for the film has been announced as yet, though Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO) and Olivia Wilde (TRON: LEGACY) are said to be in the running to play the female lead.
According to Deadline, a late night deal has been reached for LOST writer Damon Lindelof to re-write Ridley Scott’s upcoming prequel to the sci-fi classic ALIEN. According to Deadline:
In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in. Scott Free is producing and Lindelof’s CAA reps closed his deal last night.
For fans of the series, the choice can be seen as a good one considering the mass appeal of LOST as well as the fact that Mr. Lindelof is also writing & producing the STAR TREK sequel. He is definitely a man who knows his sci-fi. It seems as if the beloved ALIEN is indeed in good hands.