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.
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