Via Empire comes the latest news on the Alien prequel, which seems to have been aborted or rather, mutated into something really ugly. Let’s face it, we’ve all been feeling a little unpleasant over the rumors that have leaked over the past year or so — I can’t be the only one whose nose scrunched up when I read about Damon Lindelof’s script involvement. There were some interesting cast rumors (Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman), the best of which involved she of Dragon Tattoo fame, Noomi Rapace and it turns out she has, in fact, been cast. But the (supposed) whole idea of investigating the Space Jockey/xenomorphs in a prequel has been scrapped.
Director Ridley Scott confirms that the resulting film, now titled Prometheus, is derived from the Alien mythology but instead of a prequel, it has evolved into something more original:
“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.”
Rapace is set to play a scientist, Elizabeth Shaw; another important female role (Vickers) is yet to be cast and names like Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie (please Godtopus, no!) are being bandied about. I really hope they don’t go in that direction because Rapace deserves to stand out on her own without the interference of some “big name” star. Though there are no story details as yet, 20th Century Fox has announced that Prometheus will premiere March 20, 2012.