Alien Prequel Becomes Prometheus, Some Cast Announced

by on January 17, 2011

in Entertainment

Alien Queen from the movie

After all the bits and pieces of news about Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel movies getting bounced around, we finally heard word from an official Twentieth Century Fox announcement that turns the prequel into an original and the next Alien prequel movie, as reported by Deadline Hollywood,  is now called Prometheus.

Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, lands role in Prometheus

Prometheus is due out in theaters on March 9th, 2012 and the first role has been cast with Noomi Rapace with the possibilities of Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron rumored to be also looking at parts in the Alien prequel…  crap!  I mean Prometheus!  The script is being molded by Damon Lindelof, which first was crafted by Jon Spaihts.

Details on the plot are vapor-ware at the moment, but here’s a quote from Ridley 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.

Lindelof said that this version, Prometheus, is a daring and visceral original spin on the mythos of the Alien plots.

Space Jockey from Alien

Now does this mean they’ve rewritten the project and are veering away from the original Alien prequel plots? Back in Sept they spoke of an origins movie that would be a nasty angle to the origin of the alien themselves, where they might have originally been thought of as a weaponized bio-weapon and the story was going to explore the origin of the space jockey, one of the biggest mysteries in the world of movies to this day! (For myself at least)  I would love to see that angle explored and finally have that mystery solved, but heck, at this point, if it’s good, I think we’d accept anything at this point.

With the renaming of the movie, they seem to want to be leaning away from the references of the movie being a prequel or reboot and they want to make this effort an original that stands on its own while still tapping into what they called the “Alien DNA” from the 1979 movie.

You might recognize Noomi Rapace from her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or from some overseas TV in Labyrint & Millennium.  You’ll definitely see her in a new movie before Prometheus, more specifically in the Robert Downey Jr. starring sequel of Sherlock Holmes!

Noomi Rapace, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the Sherlock Holmes Sequel

The man who plotted the original version of the script wrote The Darkest Hour screenplay, with Damon Lindelof having penned TV’s Crossing Jordan & Lost.  Lindelof is also know for his part in producing J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek and the 2012 sequel of such.  He’s also penned the screenplay for the Jon Favreau directed upcoming western sci-fi, Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig and the ever-popular Olivia Wilde.

Prometheus is due out in theaters in March of 2012.

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