When Ridley Scott‘s new film Prometheus was announced, the official word was that the story evolved out of the script for the director’s planned Alien prequel. But this story, we were told, took place in a different narrative universe than that of the Alien films. (Even though some common DNA would be recognizable, Ridley Scott said.) It seemed like this new movie would be an all-new, totally original thing.

Now there’s a report that runs counter to that claim — according to Sky.com, Prometheus very specifically features Alien elements such as the Space Jockey and the actual xenomorph aliens the series made famous. Read More »

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IO9 has created a handy chart which shows which space movies feature the most common scientific mistakes. It might come as a surprise that Michael Bay’s Armageddon actually fares better than the Star Wars of Alien films. And it comes as no surprise that Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff have been graded a clean bill of accuracy. Hit the jump to see the entire chart.

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This news, if correct, will make some people very happy, but let’s stress ‘if correct.’ The wife of Swiss artist and designer H.R. Giger told the TV show Glanz & Gloria (video here) that her husband is ‘on board’ for the new Alien film being developed by Ridley Scott. This would mark the artist’s first direct association with the Alien series since David Fincher’s Alien 3. Read More »

There’s some big news on Ridley Scott‘s two-part prequel to his 1979 film Alien. First up, time to kill off the rumor that the project has been delayed: Fox says that there is no delay. (The interesting reason for the rumor is after the break.)

But more important, a report says that the first film is called Paradise, and that cast sought by Ridley Scott includes Michael Fassbender and Michelle Yeoh. More info on the character details and plot of the film are also after the break. And note that there are possible spoilers in the info that follows. Read More »

Lot of small sequel rumblings and rumors are flying about, so let’s kick things off with one of the few bits that has a substantiated quote. Speaking to MovieMikes, Ernie Hudson says that Bill Murray is part of the holdup around Ghostbusters 3. “I know he really cares about his work,” the actor says, “which is probably why there hasn’t been another Ghostbusters as of yet. Dan and Harold are working on the script. If it happens we will see but Bill has been the hold up. His definition of good is a little bit different than everybody else’s.”

Fortunately, the balance of his work over the past few years (even factoring in stinkers like Garfield and Passion Play) Bill Murray’s definition of ‘good’ is pretty much…good. I’ll take a Bill Murray failure like City of Ember over Year One.

After the break, news and rumors on the long-rumored Trainspotting sequel, the Alien prequel(s) and Scream 4. Read More »

Noomi Rapace is the ‘it’ girl of late 2010, inheriting the mantle from Jennifer Lawrence, the ‘it’ girl of early 2010 thanks to Winter’s Bone. The three Lisbeth Salander movies have finally penetrated the American mainstream in a big way, and now you seemingly can’t mention a big, tough female role in a tentpole film without her name coming up. (Except, somehow, for Gravity.)

The actress has only booked a couple roles for real, in Sherlock Holmes 2 and The Last Voyage of Demeter, but for the past month she has been one of the primary names discussed as a possible lead for Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel. A new report now puts her at the top of the list, with only one or two qualifications between her and a deal. Read More »

Consider yourself warned. An Australian outlet evidently got a copy of the latest script for the Alien prequel due to be directed by Ridley Scott, and subsequently put together quite the rundown of what goes on after the title page. We’ve got quite a few of the details to relay to you, but it’s all spoilerish as hell, so if you don’t want to know too much, this is your cue to stop reading. Read More »

Briefly: Scant info here, but as Ridley Scott preps his possible Alien prequels, word is starting to come down about actresses who have tested for the lead role. Deadline relays word that Noomi Rapace, the original Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, “met [with Fox and Ridley Scott] and left a strong impression.” Yes, the actress is signed to the Sherlock Holmes sequel, but things are still pretty early on in the Alien prequel timeline.

The most useful bit about this news is that it might be the first step towards confirmation of something a lot of people had probably assumed: that, as with Alien, Ridley Scott might be orienting the story around a heroine. It can’t be Ripley, obviously, and lets pray that he (and the rumored rewriter Damon Lindelof) aren’t working with anyone who could possibly be related to Ripley. But the idea of a strong female lead anchoring the picture is a great one. Though as an Alien fan I’m not yet convinced that this is a good idea, I’m still eager to learn more.

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