Well, this is kinda crazy. It seems that Ridley Scott and Damon Lindlehoff have turned John Spaihts draft of the planned prequel to Alien into a completely original project called Prometheus. Here’s what Ridley said about the re-worked concept:
“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.”
Wow. Ok then. I’m actually sort of disappointed in this news. While the probability that a prequel to Alien would end up being ass on toast, I was looking forward to seeing the mysterious giant “space jockeys”, and learning how the xenomorphs kicked their asses and made their ship into a flying egg hatchery. Prometheus will still star The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s resident goth badass Noomi Rapace as a character named Elizabeth Shaw, and apparently the film also has one other juicy female role which will be played by either Charlize Theron or Angelina Jolie. The film opens on March 9, 2012.