Scott's 'Alien Prequel' Now 'Prometheus'

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.

Rapace_dragon_tattoo_CUNoomi 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.”

'Star Trek' Sequel Darker

star-trek-poster_NewDamon Lindelhof (LOST) told Eonline the following about the plans for the sequel to the J.J. Abrams STAR TREK reboot. Looks like they may be borrowing a page from the recent Batman movies.

“We’re looking at a movie like THE DARK KNIGHT , which went one step beyond BATMAN BEGINS. It was really about something, and at the same time it was a superhero movie. We don’t want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work…but we also really want the movie to thematically resonate.”

This may help the film, because though the first one had dark moments, it seemed very much like a lightweight popcorn movie. It seemed an odd thing that the movie somehow made the destruction of a planet, the death of millions, and the death of a major character’s mother all seem trivial.
See a video clip with Lindelhof at the link above.