Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver on the set of 'Alien'
Twentieth Century Fox officially announced today that Ridley Scott’s upcoming science fiction film will not be a prequel to the Alien film series but rather a brand new story that has grown out of the initial ideas for an Alien reboot.
The new project will be entitled Prometheus and will star Noomi Rapace who played Lisbeth Salander in the swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. Rapace will play the lead character who is named ‘Elizabeth Shaw’.
This is quite a drastic change in the production as Twentieth Century Fox has been unofficially calling Scott’s new science fiction film the ‘Alien prequel’ all the way through pre-production so far until today.
Prometheus will indeed be a science fiction film but rather than being another installment of the Alien franchise it will be something the ‘last thing that anyone expects’. Here’s a quote from Damon Lindelof who is co-writing the script for the film with Scott:
“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.”
Here is a quote from Ridley Scott himself on the project:
“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.”
Overall this sounds very interesting and I am very much looking forward to new announcements surrounding the project. Although I am dissapointed that it will not be a continuation of the Alien series I am still glad to see Ridley Scott working on his first science fiction film since Blade Runner.
Update 1/27/11: Actor Michael Fassbender has joined the project as one of the primary characters. Fassbender will be playing an andriod alongside Noomi Rapace’s character Elizabeth Shaw. Ridley Scott also hinted that he has some sort of connection to the Bishop android in Aliens.
Just a day after this announcement several sources in the production are claiming that Prometheus is indeed part of the Alien series despite the official announcements made by Twentieth Century Fox and Ridley Scott that it was a new project entirely. Here are the reports posted on Sky.com from their ‘inside sources’:
“They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien.”
“Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently.”
“Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I’ve heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I’ve also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I’m not sure if it’s an archaeological dig on another planet.”
“The main spaceship in the film will be piloted by an enormous head which I assume will be CGI. Yep, sounds weird but I assume some of the technology will be sort of biomechanical.”
Whether or not H.R. Giger’s aliens are in the film or not it is clear that Ridley Scott is having a lot of fun. It also makes sense to me that Scott wishes to promote the film as a new project rather than just ‘Alien 5‘ as there are already many sequels, prequels, and remakes filling up the film schedule of 2012.
Sadly, the one official word we have gotten from Twentieth Century Fox about Prometheus aside from the casting of Michael Fassbender is that the release date has been pushed back to June 8, 2012.