1979’s Alien flick, Ridley Scott’s first “big hit”, has spawned three sequels and two prequels since its release over three decades ago. Fox had been working on another prequel for the Alien franchise, however recently announced that they had given the movie the axe, opting to spin the prequel into an original Ridley Scott scifi film called Prometheus!
An excerpt from a statement released by Ridley Scott regarding Prometheus:
“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.”
Fox also announced that they plan to release the movie on March 9th, 2012.
It is unclear which, if any, of the stars slated to appear in the Alien sequel will instead show their face in Prometheus. The Alien line-up was set to include Gemma Arteron, Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Yeoh. Noomi Rapace of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fame is the first confirmed Prometheus star. Ridley Scott will remain director of the new project.