And the rumors keep coming about Ridley Scott‘s new film, Prometheus. It was originally announced as a prequel to the director’s masterpiece Alien, then said to be a totally seperate endeavor. But comments from actor Michael Fassbender and a few spy reports say that there is a definite connection to Alien, though Prometheus will approach some of the aliens a bit differently.

There’s a slight bit of extra info available now, though to those who have been fans of the Alien films for some time this will be more of a confirmation than a revelation. Read More »

What can we believe about Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus? The film stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, and is scheduled for June 2012. The film began life as an Alien prequel scripted by Jon Spaihts, but mutated into Prometheus when Damon Lindelof rewrote the script. After that mutation Fox announced the film as taking place in an all-new universe, seeming to definitively seperate it from all things Alien.

But rumors cropped up that the classic Alien xenomorph would be in the film along with a live version of the space jockey seen in the first act of Alien. The history of the latter character is part of what sent Ridley Scott on the Alien prequel path in the first place. And Michael Fassbender has said that Prometheus is “absolutely” connected to Alien. Now there is further word about the presence of one of Alien‘s most visually striking elements. Read More »

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, Prometheus very specifically features Alien elements such as the Space Jockey and the actual xenomorph aliens the series made famous. Read More »

Big news on the Alien prequel front: it seems as if there is no longer an Alien prequel. What started out as a film expanding the backstory of Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi-thriller-monster movie masterpiece has become something else.

Today 20th Century Fox has officially announced Prometheus, which will star Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, and open on March 9, 2012. What’s going on here? More after the break. Read More »

As the saying goes, “when one window closes, another one opens” and such is this case with both Clint Eastwood‘s new film J. Edgar and actress Charlize Theron. Reports were that Theron was a basically lock to star as Hoover’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) longtime assistant Helen Gandy but, apparently, her agents jumped the gun and she will not be taking the role. She’s as good as signed up to star in Snow White and the Huntsman and with this change of events is now a major target for Ridley Scott and his Alien prequel. As for the pivotal role of Gandy, Eastwood is now said to be looking at either Naomi Watts or Amy Adams.

But as the Oscar-winning director loses one actor, he gains another. Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick has signed to play a “major supporting role” in the film as an FBI agent who is tasked with writing Hoover’s memoir. Read more about all of this after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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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 »