20th Century Fox has made it official: Ridley Scott’s long-gestating “Alien” prequel has now been rechristened “Prometheus”, and Noomi Rapace has boarded the project as its female lead, a scientist name Elizabeth Shaw.
“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,” says Scott, “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,” adds Damon Lindelof, who worked with Scott to rewrite an original draft by Jon Spaihts, “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.”
The big question now: will “Prometheus” still show us the origins of those “Alien” Space Jockeys? It doesn’t appear as if that’s viable now if the movie has veered completely away from the “Alien” franchise, which is a shame, as I was really looking forward to seeing where those huge freaks of sci-fi nature came from. Oh well.
“Prometheus” launches into space March 9, 2012.