Alien Prequel Now An Original Movie Titled ‘Prometheus’ With Noomi Rapace

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Breaking News: Twentieth Century Fox just sent out the most significant and unexpected update regarding Ridley Scott’s long-awaited Alien prequel. As it turns out, it’s no longer a prequel, sequel or any other sort of Alien franchise installment. Instead, Ridley Scott’s next major sci-fi project will be an original flick titled Prometheus.

Many actors have been rumored to be contending for a lead role in Scott’s Alien prequel but with the official announcement of the film’s title, and its confirmed release date, growing star Noomi Rapace has signed to star as one of the five main characters of Prometheus.

A literal buzz topic on the interwebs, Rapace has quickly earned well-deserved fame and attention for her critically acclaimed performance as the star of the original adaptation of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rapace has been sought for many starring roles in Hollywood ever since, and was previously reported as a leading candidate for the part in this film.

As for how the new film idea came about, screenwriter Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) had originally penned the prequel’s script, working with Scott. Since then, Damon Lindelof (Lost) has been working with him to reshape the screenplay into an original work. Lindelof had this to say about working with his idol on the project:

“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.”

As for what this film will be about, Scott explains that his imagination allowed him to get creative with the bigger picture of the Alien mythology, seemingly hinting that this may be some sort of spin-off.

“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.”

This does confirm that the film is not titled “Paradise” as previously rumored and what we found out from the studio about it being only one film, instead of two.

Details on what the story will be about and what Alien elements will or will not be used are under lock and key, but with the press release also came the release date for Prometheus which is officially scheduled to hit theaters March 9, 2012.

Are you happy, confused or disappointed that Prometheus will not be a prequel to Alien?

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  1. I meant to say, ‘think’ in the first sentence.

    MRT

  2. I was too young to watch Alien when it was originally released. My first encounter with it was a large poster of the Space Jockey in the hall of the local theatre. I didn’t know what it was, but every time I went to see a film with my family I’d go to that poster and study it. It was both exciting and frightning at the same time. When I watched the film some years later the experience actually matched the intuitions I’d had about it. The film was a cherished memory even before I watched it. Now it is one of my most favourite films. I hope Ridley Scott manages to honour this great film in Prometheus.

  3. Hmmm… it still sounds to me like this movie will concern the xenomorphs in some way. From memory, Prometheus (according to Greek legend) was the man who stole fire from the Gods and gave it to mankind (I also believed he paid a hefty price for the theft). Ever since he has been cited as a cautionary tale about man aspiring to the role of a god.

    I’m thinking the film will be about the origins of the xenomorphs in some way, about man (or perhaps Space Jockeys) meddling with what was traditionally in the realm of the gods – the creation of life – and paying the price. It has been suggested for a while that the xenomorphs may have been the result of some form of bio-engineering – and there is every indication that they are too perfect a killing/adapting machine for this not to be true. Perhaps the Space Jockeys may play the role of the gods, with mankind stealing their advanced bio technology and unleashing a true demon on the universe. Just a thought.

  4. Bull man thats a load of Bull…Ridley has tied it into alien. But he wanted to make it an original film as well. But it IS linked to alien.

  5. Awesome insight. Thanks.
    The title, as it’s namesake, opens up an avenue of discussion about how Ridley will open our eyes with information in the way the titan of greek methology did. Not with fire but with knowledge. And mainly how this corporation set out to obtain this WMD.

  6. Oh and for those younger fans, Ridley has the Midus touch in my opinion when it comes to sci-fi.
    My first experiance was as a high, higj schooler who read Heavy Metal alot.
    The hint of what Alien would be was overwhelmingly intriguing.

  7. Oh and for those younger fans, Ridley has the Midus touch in my opinion when it comes to sci-fi.
    My first experiance was as a high, higj schooler who read Heavy Metal alot.
    The hint of what Alien would be was overwhelmingly intriguing.
    I should have read Matthews post first. Good man

  8. Alien movie review along with “9″ by Poables on YouTube

  9. Check the trailer, look at the :33-:34 second mark.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sftuxbvGwiU

    It’s a space jockey skull. Does it take place in the Aliens universe? Question answered.

  10. Prometheus cannot be a prequel to the alien movies, because, then they first encountered the aliens, the technology was really s*****, they could bearlly get to space, but the prometheus is where the humanity is really advanced and can easilly go to space and other far away planets, so the alien was created in the future where the technology is advanced so how can it show up in previous movies where they can just imagine travels to other space planets…

    • Okay, it’s obvious now. It isn’t a prequel, but they still use the name Weyland, as in the Weyland Corporation, as the name of the 100 and something year old skillionaire paying for everything, the creatures’ blood, at all stages, is acidic, they breed by forced oral insemination, and gestate in the abdomens of human (or otherwise) hosts, bursting through the ribcage at birth, and the final creature seen is a more organic and sleeker xenomorph, with an extendable inner jaw, of sorts. Clearly this is tied to Alien and the Alien franchise somehow, just at different periods of the timeline.

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