>Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel morphs into Prometheus

Ridley Scott will direct Prometheus for 20th Century Fox, abandoning the Alien prequel for a more original concept, Deadline reports.

While his new film will have strands of Alien DNA, Scott has confirmed that from the initial draft, written by Jon Spaihts, “evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place”. The new draft was worked on by Scott and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.

Details of the film’s plot are being kept secret with Scott only revealing that “the ideas tackled … are unique, large and provocative.”

The only actress signed to the film at this stage is Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) who will play the scientist Elizabeth Shaw. The rumour mill is suggesting both Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are after the second female lead, Vickers. No word on which male actor will be joining the cast but by the sounds of it we’re in for a star studded film!

While ‘Alien prequel’ was easier to write than ‘Prometheus’, we’re excited, and willing to learn to spell it, for Scott’s return to science fiction, his last foray in the genre being Blade Runner.

Prometheus will hit cinema screens worldwide on March 9th, 2012.

Discuss: Looking forward to Prometheus, or did you have your heart set on an Alien prequel?

2 Responses to “>Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel morphs into Prometheus”

  1. >I'm glad this is going to be an original story rather than a prequel. The only Ridley Scott films I actually like are his sci-fi efforts – Alien and Blade Runner – so to see him returning to the genre is very exciting.

  2. >Oh hell…not sure which upsets me more – that there is no Alien prequel or the threat that Angelina may be in it.

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