As you know, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel film project ended up turning into an original idea. Fox announced in a previous report that Scott's new sci-fi film would be called Prometheus, and that it would steer away from the original Alien film mythology. It looks like this may not be the case, it's recently been revealed that the Alien mythology will actually play a big role in the film, and it includes the Space Jocky and Xenomorphs.
The news comes from Sky.com who released the following rumored plot points for the upcoming film:
"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.
"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," they revealed.
"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."
Sounds good to me! I'm happy to here that they may end up sticking to the mythology... if this is true. We have yet to receive confirmation, but once we have it we'll let you know!
Noomi Rapace will play Elizabeth Shaw in the film, and yesterday it was announced that Michael Fassbender has joined the production, and will be taking on an android role. In addition, it has been reported that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are both circling the other big female role of "Vickers".
Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) wrote the first draft of the script from Ridley’s idea. Since then, Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek) and Scott have worked together on the current version which has expanded the story into new directions. Lindelof and Scott were only asked to use the 'Alien DNA' as the basis for the script. As you would expect the details are being closely guarded. Scott did reveal the outlines of the film and its genesis as follows:
“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.”
Here is what Lindelof had to say:
"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."