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Alien Prequel Becomes PROMETHEUS

Alien Prequel replaced by Original Space Adventure by Ridley Scott.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 14, 2011
Source: 20th Century Fox

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After months of development, director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are turning what was once set to be an Alien prequel and instead turning it into an original science fiction tale set in space called Prometheus. Based on an idea from Scott, screenwriter Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) fleshed out the original draft before the director and "Lost" writer-producer Damon Lindelof joined forces and expanded the story into an entirely new original mythology.

While the specific plot details are being kept under wraps, Scott explained the outlines of the film and its genesis as follows: "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."

"In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots," said Lindelof. "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."

There's five major roles set for Ridley Scott's next space adventure, with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) being the first to be signed in the production.

Prometheus will fly into theaters March 9, 2012.

What do you Maniacs think about the Alien prequel being scrapped in favor of Prometheus? Sound off below!


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Whiskeymovie 1/14/2011 8:58:47 PM

So does this mean that there is no more Alien movie? That sucks

keithdaniel 1/14/2011 9:56:24 PM

Wow, that's a revelation! I never say that one coming.  Anyway, as long as the material is good than maybe it will work out.  Ridley Scott has a great track record with sci-fi with Alien and Blade Runner of course, so I'll certainly be giving him the benefit of the doubt!

dawntreader 1/14/2011 10:13:58 PM

 thank goodness. hopefully this new idea turns into a great new franchise.

madmanic999 1/15/2011 2:08:46 AM

Yeah... I gotta agree.... Time for something new... as much as I loved her, the "alien" pony broke it's leg a long time ago.

samurai1138 1/15/2011 5:32:22 AM

So does that mean no Space Jockey race? That sucks. I didnt  need this movie to tie into Alien's story in any way, but I really would have liked to have seen him use the Space Jockey race in the film. Maybe he still will, who knows, guess we'll see.

Wiseguy 1/15/2011 5:55:59 AM

I must admit I have mixed feelings about this. I wanted to see a difinitve explanation of the origins of the xenomorph. Engineered or natural, weapon or force of nature. Not to mention the space jockey's origin and how they figured into all of this. This would've ended this long ongoing debate and settled the issue hopefully and coming from the creator himself it would've been recognized as canon.

Having said that maybe it's better left for the imagination. So the never ending debate really may remain never ending.

Here's hoping Ridley knocks it out of the park again since he hasn't tackled this genre since Blade Runner

redvector 1/15/2011 7:16:11 AM

I'm in the "ready for something brand new" camp and was'nt really very sold on the prequal idea anyway. So I'm excited about this news.

krathwardroid 1/15/2011 7:22:23 AM

Hmm, so no more Aliens? Whatever, then. No point in arguing this. 

Bryzarro 1/15/2011 8:17:47 AM

 As pumped as I was to have a little history and backstory into the mythology of the Aliens I am actually happy to hear this news.  How often do we have some new groundbreaking ideas come out that can set the bar going forward.  A great creative team and writing team should give us something to look to look forward too just like we look back on the first couple Alien flicks.

EagleManiac 1/15/2011 8:55:43 AM

Again, as I said in the previous article about this "prequel", I'm not sure about how this will work. Of course, it's far too early to say anything definitive, but from what little we have been teased with, I will just have to hold my judgment until we get a solid story premise and the cast.

If what Ridley has come up with IS truly "groundbreaking" and original for a prequel movie, then this one could be promising, but until we get that "groundbreaking idea" shown to us fans, I won't hold my breath.

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