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Ridley Scott No Longer Making Prequel to 'Alien'

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Jan 18, 2011 | 10:03am EST

Ridley ScottRidley Scott is up to something, but unlike we first expected it's not a prequel to Alien.

Deadline reports that the director's new project -- formerly and hilariously (considering it was about killer-aliens) entitled Paradise -- is now called Prometheus. The project, initially written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and updated by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek), started as a prequel to Alien but slowly morphed into something else. Now, Scott plans to take the story in a different direction. But don't worry, Noomi Rapace is still starring and either Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron are in talks for the film as well.

Are you confused? Well, don't be. Scott explains.

“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," he said. "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."

On top of writing a sweet movie, Lindelof is thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside a director like Scott. And really, who could blame him? Isn't it everyone's dream to one day work with the man who scared the hell out of them as a child?

"In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie," Lindelof said. "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."

So, good news, y'all. Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi for the first time since Blade Runner is shaping up to be more than just another "hey I want to revisit a time period when I was more successful!" moment that you often see with Hollywood veterans. Prometheus hits theaters on March 9, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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