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Friday, January 14, 2011

Ridley Scott's Alien prequel births Prometheus

OH, GOOD FOR YOU. released an exclusive on the formerly upcoming 'Alien' prequel directed by Ridley Scott. Basically, all the exclusive tells us is that we've held out hope for nothing. It isn't happening. BUT - at the same time, we're now holding out hope for something possibly even greater. And while Ellen Ripley won't be battling the slimy black creatures from before, Noomi Rapace is locked in to do battle with... something. Ridley isn't saying what, at this point, only that hardcore Alien fans will be able to see the film as something of a prequel, but he's found a more original and engaging plotline. 

The man himself says “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.”

Also in contention for starring roles, of which apparently there are five, are Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron. It's back to the Girl Power Camp for Ridley, unfortunately leaving his Ripley in the wake. And while we've hoped beyond reason for so many years that an Alien prequel would finally come our way, perhaps our lust isn't in vain? The writers, David Lendelof and John Spaihts, were told to create something from the Alien "DNA". Now that they're done with that, and Ridley has more than approved (if not giggled with excitement), we're just waiting for the finalized casting and the shoot itself. 

For a hint at the plot, which is being heavily protected, we should consider the name "Prometheus" itself. He was a herald of man, who stole fire from Zeus, only to give it to the humans. Zeus, in return, bound him to a boulder, and had his liver slowly eaten by an eagle, every day. It would grow back, and be eaten again.* 

For some reason, I'm expecting this film to be a two hour expansion of the final act of Danny Boyle's Sunlight. And I am so completely okay with that.