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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:47 am

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Scott May Keep 'Alien' Link In 'Prometheus'
Director's new sci-fi film looks appears to be building an epic background for the classic monsters
by BRYANT L. GRIFFIN, Posted Jan-27-2011
Source: Sky Movies

We may finally see the origins of Ridley Scott's aliens in "Prometheus"

Ridley Scott's next film "Prometheus" will have a strong link to his 1979 film "Alien" after all, according to Sky Movies.

Damon Lindelof ("Lost") is penning the sci-fi script based on an idea from Scott and an initial draft by Jon Spaihts. With the latest draft, Lindelof has morphed the scope of the project into an ambitious direction.

And a Sky Movies source recently revealed the classic creatures from the original film are in "Prometheus" and are a key component of the plot.

"They've built the 'space jockey' cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original 'Alien' film; so it definitely takes place in the same world as 'Alien,'" the source said.

Scott had also hinted in a recent interview that fans “will recognize strands of 'Alien's' DNA."

Part of the film will be shot in Morocco, according to the source. Apparently the story involves an archaeological dig that reveals the alien DNA and the coordinates to an alien world.

Starring Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), "Prometheus" is set for a June 8, 2012 release from Fox.

Scott had been molding an "Alien" prequel for the last two years and had begun looking at actors for the project last summer. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) is the latest to sign aboard. Other stars who may land a role in the prequel include Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Arteron and James Franco.

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Prometheus To Take Place In The Alien Universe?

Posted Today 12:58 PM - By Joseph Baxter

Studio Issues To Stall Upcoming Alien Prequel?

Will Prometheus still feature Aliens? After being salvaged from the supposedly-canned Alien prequel project, Ridley Scott's Prometheus continues to baffle the Internet rumor mills regarding exactly what it will become. According to a report from Sky, their "exclusive sources" tell them that despite earlier reports, Prometheus will indeed take place in the same universe in which the iconic, vicious, acidic-sanguinary Xenomorph Aliens roam. While it was believed that Prometheus would emerge as a re-contextualized version of the original Alien prequel script penned by Lost mastermind Damon Lindelof, the report alleges that there will, in fact, be Aliens-a-plenty in the film. The film, which has its sights locked on Noomi Rapace as main character, Elizabeth Shaw, has recently confirmed rumors that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 300) will join the cast to play a Bishop-like Android character. So, will we get a straight story about what this thing will be anytime in the near future?

According to Sky's sources:

"Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently." Also: "They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien."

In the initial announcement of the Alien prequel's metamorphosis into Prometheus, Ridley Scott made the comment that "keen fans" would recognize what he referred to as "strands of Alien’s DNA” in the film. The comment seemed designed to assure fans of the Alien films that it would maintain their spirit. However, if the news from Sky's sources turns out to be accurate, then Scott may have made literal comments that were misconstrued as figurative. Their report indicates that Alien DNA will play quite a role in the film.

"Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I’ve heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I’ve also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I’m not sure if it’s an archaeological dig on another planet."

This is indeed an odd situation. We were never really given a clear reason for the supposed demise of the Alien prequel project and it was generally assumed that the issues of money and artistic direction that surrounded the infamously contentious relationship between Scott and Fox Studio was the culprit. Now, it could very well be that the prequel project may have simply got a new coat of paint (in other words, just a title.)

However, what may put some doubts into the validity of this report, may be the comments made by Damon Lindelof upon the Prometheus announcement. It essentially complimented the originality of Scott's project, while decrying the array of "prequels, sequels, and reboots." While it may have been a declaration of how this "prequel" would manage to transcend all the tired gimmicks we've been seeing in similar brand revival attempts, it still sounded like it was in the context of complete liberation from the Alien franchise. Additionally, in Ridley Scott's "DNA" comment, he made reference to what he described as a "new, grand mythology and universe."

It is a possibility, therefore, that all of these details from the report could be accurate, but dated. So, for now, I'd more likely put this tidbit in the "grain of salt" file.

What do you think of the possibility of Prometheus still having direct connection to the Alien franchise? Is it a good thing? Or should it just cut all ties, already?

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Fox moves 'Prometheus' to summer 2012 as Michael Fassbender joins cast

By HitFix Staff, HitFix.com

Updated Jan 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM PST

Just looking at next year's release schedule and the passionate battles being fought over release date real estate is already giving me a headache.

I get it. 2012 is going to be a huge year, especially if you're a mainstream genre nerd. Each and every weekend will be carefully scrutinized, and there are some giant gambles the studios are making, and they want to make sure that they've got room for their films to find their audiences.

When the story broke recently that Ridley Scott will be making "Prometheus," the film that evolved out of what was once a prequel to "Alien," 20th Century Fox also announced a release date of March 9, 2012. That part of the year has become a fairly important date for the studios, and once Fox had claimed the date, suddenly Disney announced that they'll be releasing "John Carter Of Mars" on the exact same day.

So it shouldn't be a huge surprise to see that "Prometheus" has now moved, and it's sort of funny that they'd be heading to June 8, 2012 instead, since that is the date "John Carter" used to have.

It looks like Fox is getting into the Michael Fassbender business in a big way, betting on him as the young Magneto in 'X-Men First Class' and now also casting him as an android for "Prometheus."

No matter what, every weekend is going to be a battle next year. I'm glad Fox moved the film, though. It seems suicidal to me for two giant studio SF films to try to compete for the same exact three days, when I know I plan to see both of those films. I assume the audience in general would be interested in both. Why cannibalize your own business by engaging in that sort of direct head-to-head combat?

I'm not sure what direct competition they'll have, but it looks like "Prometheus" will land sometime between "The Avengers" and the new "Spider-Man" film. It'll be one big giant summer… so let's hope the films live up to that.

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'Alien'-Inspired 'Prometheus' Eyeing Michael Fassbender For Lead Role

Posted 14 hrs ago by Terri Schwartz in News

Michael FassbenderAt least when "X-Men: First Class" star Michael Fassbender decided to pass up on Universal's upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman," he did it to move on to bigger and potentially better things. Variety is reporting that Fassbender has been offered a role in Ridley Scott's upcoming (allegedly non-"Alien" prequel), "Prometheus," as a man named David.

Ever since Scott did an about-face and announced that his planned prequel was actually going to be a completely different movie with "'Alien' DNA" — though we continue to harbor doubts, based on some off-the-record conversations with insiders, that this isn't in fact a prequel — plot details on the project have been scarce. The only other details that we seem to know about it are that Noomi Rapace will star in this, as well as a woman named Elizabeth Shaw, and that writer Damon Lindelof is really excited about it.

"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," Lindelof said earlier this month. "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."

How much of the "Alien" mythology will carry over into this film is as yet unknown, but apparently the script is carrying some pretty big clout in Hollywood. Deadline reported two weeks ago that there are five major roles in the film, and Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are circling the third announced role of a woman named Vickers. That leaves two additional casting announcements heading out way some day soon.

As to the spin that they're doing an original film instead of yet another Hollywood prequel, Lindelof said, "In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie. 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."

Does Fassbender seem like he will fit well into a Ridley Scott "Alien"-esque world? Is "Prometheus" a film you're looking forward to?

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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Next It Man

Michael Fassbender is happening – and I love it.

The Inglourious Basterds actor, who will be seen in this spring’s Jane Eyre and the summer tentpole X-Men: First Class, is in talks to join the star of the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

The science-fiction project was written by Scott (who was s’pposed to deliver an Alien prequel instead, btw) and Damon Lindelof, one of the masterminds of TV’s Lost).

Prometheus is set for a June 2012 release

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Fassbender joins Prometheus
By Puppy on 28 January 2011 in Movie, NEWS with No Comments

Does anyone actually think that this ALIEN Sequel or Prequel… whatever it might be will actually make it to the big screen?

I’m not sure but casting for the film seems to be storming ahead. First there was the hunt for Ripley and I’m not even sure if the film is going to have a Ripley anymore but we’ll see and now we have news that Michael Fassbender has joined Noomi Rapace on the cast roster in the Ridley Scott film as an android of some sort. (Android, as in cyborg – not to be confused with the Mobile Phone operating system)

Fassbender looks set to sky rocket into the limelight over the next two years with this and other high profile roles on the horizon for the fella. He’s great, looks good but for me he’ll always be the guy that made me squirm when a knife was put in his mouth in Eden Lake… or was it razor wire? I can’t remember, all I remember was the sounds, the implication and the pillow in front of my face.

Good luck to the man I say, I like him in ALMOST everything (lets not bring up Centurion) he does and I can’t wait to see him in X-Men: First Class.

Prometheus has a provisional release of June 2012. Are you excited? Can’t say I am… maybe the magic of Alien died with Alien: Resurrection.

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Michael Fassbender cast in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

— Written by El HarrisOn 27th January 2011

It has been confirmed that Michael Fassbender will star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, Prometheus.

fassbender Michael Fassbender cast in Ridley Scotts Prometheus

Fassbender’s involvement in this much anticipated sci-fi flick has been rumoured for some time, but it has today been announced this he will definitely feature, and in one of the film’s lead roles.

Relatively little seems to be known about the film itself, although Scott reportedly stated that Prometheus as has evolved into its own “grand mythology and universe”, since starting life as a prequel to his 1979 sci-fi horror, Alien. Designer of the original alien, H. R. Giger himself, is also said to be involved with the film.

In addition, Swedish Millennium Trilogy actress, Noomi Rapace, has been cast in the role of Elizabeth Shaw, a scientist who is one of the film’s five main characters. The studio was also rumoured to be considering the likes of Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, and Michelle Yeoh for a character called Vickers, whilst a character referred to only as “Engineer 1″ will reportedly be portrayed by a 6’5″ character entirely using CGI.

Fassbender will play an android – which will make quite a change from his roles in the likes of Fish Tank, Inglorious Basterds and, of course, the critically acclaimed Hunger. Never one to shy away from unusual projects, Fassbender also recently appeared John Maclean’s short film, Man on a Motorcycle, which was shot entirely on a mobile phone and screened at last year’s BFI London Film Festival.

With Prometheus‘ release date being pushed back to 8th June, could this be the summer blockbuster of 2012? We’ll keep you posted!
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27 January 2011
Michael Fassbender Up For Prometheus
And the movie has a new release date...
Source: Heat Vision Blog
Michael Fassbender Up For Prometheus

It’s a busy day for news about Prometheus, the new film that grew from Ridley Scott’s original intent to craft a prequel to Alien. And the biggest half of the new announcements is also the most welcome: Michael Fassbender has snagged one of the lead roles.

Long rumoured as part of the film even back when everyone still thought it was going to be an Alien prequel or a pair of films, Fassbender is now officially part of Scott’s team, the second actor to enter negotiations following Noomi Rapace, who was announced earlier this month.

Details on what the film is actually going to be about are scarce, though the title would suggest that it will see mankind meddling in interstellar things about which it has no true understanding and coming off badly. Rapace is playing scientist Elizabeth Shaw, and Fassbender will be an android, possibly related to the Bishop series. Why might that be? Scott’s statement when Prometheus was first unveiled: “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.”

It’s just the latest big job for Fassbender, who showed off real chops in Hunger and Fish Tank and has gone on to the likes of Inglourious Basterds, Centurion and Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Haywire. Plus he’s finishing up throwing metal things around and arguing with James McAvoy in the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class. The only people likely to be unhappy about this casting situation are the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman, which he’d also been considering.

Now, though, he has the Sir Ridders seal of approval and hopefully it’ll push him even further. In related Prometheus news, the movie itself is on the move, shifting release dates from its original March 9, 2012 slot to a summer berth on June 8, 2012.

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Michael Fassbender is to star opposite Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming sci-fi movie ‘Prometheus’.

31 January 2011
Michael Fassbender is to star in ‘Prometheus’.

The ‘Inglourious Basterds’ actor has agreed to appear as an android opposite Noomi Rapace in the Ridley Scott-directed project, which was originally proposed as a prequel to the ‘Alien’ series of movies.

Confirmation of Michael’s casting comes after negotiations and means the actor will not feature in ‘Show White and the Huntsman’, which he was previously in talks for.

Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have also been linked with roles in the movie.

Details of the storyline have been shrouded in secrecy but the director has promised the project will have “’Alien’ DNA.”

However, speaking about the project when it was still planned as an ‘Alien’ prequel, Ridley - who was behind the first instalment of the 1979 sci-fi horror movie staring Sigourney Weaver – revealed it would be a "tough" watch.

He said: "The film will be really tough, really nasty. It's the dark side of the moon.

"We are talking about Gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet."

‘Prometheus’ is scheduled for release in June 2012, having been put back from its original March 2012 date.

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Fassbender confirmed for 'Prometheus'
Saturday, January 29 2011, 2:40pm EST
By Tom Ayres, Comics Reporter

Michael Fassbender has been officially confirmed to have signed up for Ridley Scott's upcoming science fiction epic Prometheus.

According to Empire, Fassbender will join the previously announced Noomi Rapace as two of the film's lead roles.

Although few plot details for Prometheus have been released, it is believed that Fassbender will play an android character, in a possible nod to Bishop from the Alien franchise.

Fassbender's previous acting credits include parts in Inglourious Basterds and Centurion, as well as a starring role in upcoming superhero film X-Men: First Class.

Prometheus will now open in cinemas on June 8, 2012.

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A while back, news surfaced that Ridley Scott would be directing an Alien prequel. It was to be set 30 years before the birth of Ellen Ripley, and it would tell the story of the Xenomorph's origins and what happened to the "Space Jockey" in the telescope chair in the original Alien. It was to be in two parts, and was to release late 2011.

So what happened to it?

Apparently, Scott is changing the project into an "original sci-fi film" called Prometheus. It will star Michael Fassbender and that girl from the Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." What I and several other Alien fans want to know is: Why? Why did one of the best movie ideas of this decade get scrapped?

Scott says he thinks that "the franchise is being overused" so he wants to do another film. I, for one, am extremely disappointed in Mr. Scott. He had the chance to put himself back on the map and make a great film, but he didn't want to milk his franchise. Do you think that the franchise is being milked?

The reason I am posting this blog is because I want to hear the GI Community's opinions on this disaster. Is the Alien franchise being overused? Is an Alien prequel a good idea? Is Ridley Scott going senile? Why am I asking you all these questions?

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Big Head Alien and the Monsters

Weird Prometheus Details / Cindy Davis

Trade News | January 30, 2011
So it looks like we’re going to get jerked around a bit with this Prometheus-is-or-is-not-an-Alien-related-film stuff. First it was described as a prequel, then that was denied. Next, we were told there would be some shout-outs to the Alien mythology, but no one seemed really sure what they might be. So I guess we have to take everything we hear with a grain of salt; par for the trade news course.

*Note: The following may be spoilers so read at your own peril.

According to Sky, the rumors that Prometheus would lack our familiar HR Giger alien friends were misleading and in fact, the aliens play a major role. Sky’s inside source has seen the Alien space jockey cockpit already built and tells them that the Prometheus cast will be heading to the “alien homeworld.” In addition, (sneaky) Ridley Scott’s recent comments that the film would contain “strands of Alien DNA” were apparently meant to be taken literally, as the way to the alien world is found through their remains, discovered during an archeological dig.

So far, this all sounds quite plausible and interesting; add to the plot details the confirmation of Michael Fassbender (Jonah Hex, Inglourious Basterds) having been cast as an android. So we’ve got Noomi Rapace, Fassbender, our favorite Martians and a trip to the home planet? Sounds fantastic; maybe even good enough to make me stop despising script writer, Damon Lindelof.

Now here comes the weird part: Per Sky’s source, “The main spaceship in the film will be piloted by an enormous head which I assume will be CGI. Yep, sounds weird but I assume some of the technology will be sort of biomechanical.”

An enormous head? The Big Giant Head? William Shatner? Oh please, Godtopus, make it happen.

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The second story has to do with one of my favourite franchises, the "Alien" movies. The first film, simply titled "Alien" (1979), was an innovative if not wholly original SF horror directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator", "Kingdom of Heaven") while the sequel "Aliens" (1986) remains James Cameron's best film. The two other entries, David Fincher's "Alien 3" (1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Alien Resurrection" (1997) do not live up to the standards of the first two but are more than worth a watch, even as curiosities of the genre. Since last year there've been rumours about another "Alien" film, a prequel, again directed by Ridley Scott (who has hopefully not lost all the restraint he showed in the first film).

(Image from www.denofgeek.com)

At this stage, it seems as if the prequel, tentatively titled "Prometheus", won't actually be a direct prequel to "Alien", but rather a separate story set in the same universe inhabited by the xenomorphs. The film is set to star Noomi Rapace (aka Lisbeth Salander) and possibly Michael Fassbender (who is not listed as a cast member on the IMDb). Here's hoping that the film will not suffer the fate of "Predators"; but then, the "Predator" franchise as a whole has been quite inferior to the "Alien" films in terms of narrative and conception.

Another reason to check out the "Alien" films - or to revisit them - is to experience HR Giger's legendary designs. Giger is reported to be on board for "Prometheus" as well. Check out some of his work at www.hrgiger.com.

Revisit the Nostromo with this atmospheric original trailer:
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Post-Modern Prometheus: Ridley Scott’s Alien “Prequel” and Shared Universes…
Posted on February 1, 2011 by Darren

So, what exactly is Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus? The director was all set to make an Alien prequel a few months ago, but all the rumours coming out of the production seem to be throwing me for a loop – I’m not quite sure what to make of them. To quote Scott himself:

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.

We’ll spot “strands of Alien’s DNA”, but it’s a “new, grand mythology”? I’m not quite sure what to expect of it. And that, to be honest, excites me quite a bit.

Great Scott!

There have been a whole host of rumours circulating about the film since late last year, and all of them seemed a lot stranger than one might have expected from a generic prequel or reboot. Being honest, I was worried that Fox would attempt to force Scott to simply offer “more of the same”, ignoring the fact that the once terrifying creatures have since become quite banal. I was worried it would be a simple attempt to emulate what had come before, ignoring the fact that the best entries in the franchise – the original Alien and its sequel Aliens – worked because they were so new and deeply strange.

There were some very weird rumours circulating about the film. Initially, it seemed that the movie would eschew humans all together and focus on the Space Jockeys – which seemed a crazy idea for a major Hollywood production:

It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair. … [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.

To make an entire film without a human character aimed at an adult audience within the studio system? That’s very ambitious, and it grabbed my attention – even if I was uncertain about how in the world Scott would pull it off.

Scott is playing details close to his chest...

And things got stranger from there. There was a leaked plot synopsis which as been somewhat derisively described as “Brokeback Alien”:

What’s Playing reports (or reported) that these extra terrestrials, now known as “growers” are nomadic types who travel from one planet to another, terraforming it for their own purposes (which may well hint at the origin of the murderous xenomorphs). In the film, they encounter two male human slave farmers and use a form of mind control on them to force them to have sex. The suggestion is that the growers want their captives to procreate, but have rather got the wrong idea, being themselves a single sex species.

Yep, you read that right. The rumour was that the script (worked on by Damon Lidelof of Lost) would feature mind-controlled gay sex. A lot of people focused on the “gay” aspect of that sentence, but I have to admit that any mind-controlled sex (and therefore, I suppose, rape – since it’s non-consensual) seems very “out there” for a mainstream science fiction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s male-on-male, male-on-female or female-on-female – it’s not exactly what you’d expect from a Hollywood film.

It kinda disturbed me, to be honest. I know that the Alien creature itself has always been a metaphor for sexual violence. Look at the design of the creature by H.R. Giger, right down to the way that it forcibly impregnates its human host. There’s always been an element of sexual violence about the creature, even implicitly. However, there’s something that just feels strange about taking that (admitted heavy) subtext and making it explicit.

Jockeying for position?

However, perhaps making your audience feel uncomfortable is what the film should do. It’s hard to engage or interest people if you’re going to retread what came before. Which is why this announcement that it isn’t quite a literal prequel to Alien intrigues me so. Recent casting announcements certainly hark back to the original films – from the casting of Naomi Rapace, famous for her strong female lead in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as the lead here to the presence of Michael Fassbender as an android. A strong female lead and an android are two of the key ingredients of the Alien franchise, so it’s hard not to get a sense of nostalgia.

At the same time, it seems that the movie isn’t counting on its ties to the earlier film to support it. It clearly wants to be its own movie, which is something bold and brave. There’s some suggestion that, despite Scott’s quotes and the change in title, even the eponymous creatures might make an appearance:

“They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien”, they told us.

“Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently.”

However, the movie doesn’t seem to be relying too heavily on the monsters, which is great – at least in my opinion.

Looking for something truly alien...

Other than that, we only have conjecture. But the very name “Prometheus” invites rampant speculation. It is, as some have pointed out, perhaps a reference to an earlier script by writer Jon Spaihts. However, it’s also a classic reference to the Greek god who brought fire down from the heavens to share with humanity, and paid dearly for it. Even the most iconic story of science and the quest for knowledge (the proverbial fire), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is subtitled “The Modern Prometheus”.

I would be very disappointed if the movie doesn’t touch on the classical themes of mankind’s perpetual flirtation with annihilation through our pursuit of knowledge. Somewhere scientists are crying, wondering where all the “good science” movies are – rather than stories where they continually threaten humanity with extinction – but I like me some classical and epic themes. Oppenheimer would be proud.

Fass to Fass...

I find myself desperately hoping that the movie will go somewhere new, even as it is respectful of what came before. It would be fascinating to see a new twist on a familiar tale, to see a movie which is linked to – as Scott described it – the “DNA” of what came before, but without seeming like a retread. Movies are frequently tied together by genre and tone. A viewer who goes to a James Bond film knows what to expect, as does a cinemagoer who is hoping to see the next Marvel Studios film. Movies that share a classification or a common thread typically fall within the same grouping.

On the other hand, the few exceptions I can think of – the rare case where a movie took the “DNA” of a beloved property and attempted to repurpose it – haven’t always worked out well. I’m thinking of the decision to play Starsky and Hutch as a flatout comedy or Miami Vice as “dark and gritty” undercover cop film. However, I hold out hope that Scott knows exactly what he’s doing.

Because, right now, I have no idea what awaits me in the dark of the cinema in March 2012. And I couldn’t be happier about that.

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Posted: Fri., Feb. 11, 2011, 2:25pm PT
Charlize Theron to star in 'Prometheus'
Thesp joins Rapace, Fassbender in Ridley Scott's sci-fi pic
By Rachel Abrams

Exclusive: Charlize Theron has inked a deal to star in "Prometheus" for Twentieth Century Fox.

Theron joins previously-announced cast of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender.

Ridley Scott will direct and produce the project along with David Giler, Walter Hill and Tony Scott.

Project was originally billed as an untitled "Aliens" prequel until Fox named the project "Prometheus" in January.

Theron is repped by WME.

Contact the variety newsroom at news@variety.com

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Feb 11, 2011 by B. Alan Orange

Prometheus Gets Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron joins Ridley Scott's Prometheus

In mid-January, it was revealed that Ridley Scott was turning his proposed Alien Prequel into Prometheus, and that Noomi Rapace had been set to headline this sci-fi thriller. At the time, it was also announced that Charlize Theron was circling the project.

Today, Charlize Theron is in final talks to co-star in this high profile summer release, which has already been given a release date of June 8th, 2012. There is no mention of the character that Charlize Theron will be playing at this time, but it is believed that both she and Noomi Rapace will be the leading protagonists with equal screen time.

It was also announced in June that Michael Fassbender will be playing an android in this prequel of sorts, which is bringing back the iconic bug-like creatures from the original Alien. It is assumed that Michael Fassbender's character will fall in line with Lance Henriksen's Bishop from 1986's Aliens.

Michael Fassbender recently spoke out about his role in Prometheus, and how the story connects to Ridley Scott's original Alien.

"There's a definite connecting vein. You realize you're part of something else, but it's definitely in keeping with the old ones. When I read it, I was like, 'Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?' And then I sort of read the script, and it's new, yet it's in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there's a whole new revelation within this film. The first 'Alien' [movies], they were thrillers. Something's going on. It's creeping, it's sinister. Things are happening, it's building, [and there are] different sorts of intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships on board. There's action in (this new film), but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It's more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action."


Prometheus is set to begin shooting later this year.

Prometheus comes to theaters June 8th, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron. The film is directed by Ridley Scott.

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Charlize Theron Joins Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’; Fassbender Claims Movie is Still “Absolutely” Connected to ‘Alien’

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster) is in talks to join Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Theron will join Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), although Charlize’s character details have not been revealed in the trade update. The science fiction project set-up at 20th Century Fox, was originally developed as an Alien prequel. Rapace will play the lead character Elizabeth Shaw and Fassbender will be playing an android. Theron beat out Angelina Jolie for the part. Two other major male roles have yet to be cast.

Meanwhile, Fassbender has been doing interviews and claims that Prometheus is still “absolutely” connected to the Alien film series, despite being sold as an entirely new movie.

When MTV asked if the film was still connected to the Alien movies, Fassbender responded:

“Oh, absolutely. There’s a definite connecting vein,. You realize you’re part of something else, but it’s definitely in keeping with the old ones.” … “When I read it, I was like, ‘Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?’ And then I sort of read the script, and it’s new, yet it’s in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there’s a whole new revelation within this film.” …. “The first ‘Alien’ [movies], they were thrillers. Something’s going on. It’s creeping, it’s sinister. Things are happening, it’s building, [and there are] different sorts of intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships on board. There’s action in it,” he said, “but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It’s more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action.”

So is this what Scott was talking about when he said that the project would still have “Alien DNA”?

Previously:

Much of the story is being kept under wraps, but Scott has said the movie will have the “Alien DNA”, whatever that means. The project has become something “more original,” an the Jon Spaihts draft has been reworked by Scott and Damon Lindelof. Scott says Prometheus has “a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place” and “the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.” Damon Lindelof has called the project “daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects.”

The common usage of “Prometheus” is a character in Greek mythology, a Titan, “a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals” according to Wikipedia. That notion of taking from the more fortunate to help the less fortunate fits in perfectly with what the guys at ScriptFlags think Prometheus is in the new Scott film. Apparently, in one of Spaihts’s other scripts called Shadow 19, there’s a terraforming ship that’s called…you guessed it, Prometheus. Terraforming is the idea of physically making other planets habitable because of Earth’s decline which has become a regular theme in modern science fiction.

Ridley Scott is directing the movie, which will be released on June 8th, 2012.

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http://www.flix66.com/2011/02/11/charlize-theron-joins-michael-fassbender-and-noomi-rapace-for-ridley-scotts-prometheus/

It’s official that Charlize Theron has joined the cast (which pretty much consists of Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace) of the upcoming film PROMETHEUS to be directed by Ridley Scott. We don’t yet know which role Theron will take, either Elisabeth Shaw or Vickers, so there is still a chance that Angelina Jolie could end up in the film. There’s also still a lot of secrecy surrounding the plot, but Michael Fassbender did make some comments regarding the script. He said:

When I read it, I was like, ‘Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?’ And then I sort of read the script, and it’s new, yet it’s in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there’s a whole new revelation within this film. There’s action in it, but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It’s more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action.

Michael Fassbender may have been in Hollywood for too long because he has the “make a comment but be sure to give absolutely nothing away” thing down pat. PROMETHEUS hits theaters June 8, 2012 so there’s still plenty of time for some loose lipped actor to let a few more details slip.

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Friday, 11 February 2011
RIDLEY SCOTT'S [PROMETHEUS] "HAS A DEFINATE CONNECTION TO ALIEN" MICHAEL FASSBENDER

MTV recently got the chance to chat with one of the stars of Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus, Michael Fassbender, while he was promoting Jane Eyre. The site asked him to clarify somewhat Prometheus's links to the Alien franchise and whether Prometheus is an "Alien" movie. Fassbender stated: "Absolutely," he said. "There's a definite connecting vein. You realize you're part of something else. But it's definitely in keeping with the old ones." The Irish actor then said the new film is more closely related to Ridley Scott's original psychological thriller Alien, than James Cameron's blockbuster action sequel, Aliens. Hit the jump to check out more details.

"Aliens. It is more sort of the original one," Fassbender explained. "There's things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action ... it's creeping, it's sinister, things are happening and building, all the different intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships onboard." Fassbender stated that while Prometheus fits squarely within "Alien" mythology, the film delivers "a whole new revelation." Nice.

Just gotta love Fassbender's "I'm Kinda nervous about how much I can give away" Its also worth mentioning that Fassbender refers to actual "Aliens" The actor states: "I was thinking about doing some yoga, some Pilates. I need to sort out my posture a little bit. I want to be as tall as I can standing next to those Aliens!" Props to Chris over at AlienPrequelNews for spotting that.

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