I’m unsure as to the finality of this news as some sites are reporting it as being finalized while others are saying they’re in talks but it’s looking likely that Charlize Theron is joining the cast of Prometheus:
“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.”
Michael Fassbender, an actor from Prometheus, has been talking about the film and in an interview with MTV he says Prometheus is still an Alien film:
“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.”
Thanks to Slashfilms, dandan and Darkoo.
American film magazine Production Weekly has recently published this synopsis about Prometheus:
“The story takes place in the distant future. There are two superpowers on Earth fighting each other for what’s left of the remaining natural resources spread out across the solar system. One of these superpowers have created and sent a giant terraforming ship to a distant planet called Erix. Their hope is to take this living world and reshape it so that humans can live there.
This enormous terraforming spacecraft lands on Erix, a harsh and uninhabitable planet where it dispenses six smaller mobile units called Crawlers which spread across 125 kilometers of the planet and sow seeds which then terraform the planet. And the name of this terraforming spaceship is…”Prometheus.” The severity of Erix’s indigenous life is notable which are essentially referred to as bio-mechanoid killers. (Offers out to Angelina Jolie & Charlize Theron for Vickers, Michael Fassbender for David, and Gemma Arterton for the role of Truks. / Release date June 8, 2012.)”
Some of this sounds vaguely like the Jon Spaihts script Shadow-19 but I haven’t read said script yet so I can’t really comment.
As well as this it has been confirmed that Prometheus will be shooting in Morocco in Feburary according to Nourreddine Sail, head of the Moroccan Cinema Centre: “he is expecting Ridley Scott to start shooting his next film, the upcoming Alien prequel, at the country’s southern Ouarzazate film studios next February and March.”
Thanks to Dustin and wmmvrrvrrmm for the news. Also UK film magazine Empire is running a small spread on Prometheus in its next issue. Watch this space.
UPDATE: It looks like Production Weekly did indeed copy the synopsis of Shadow-19 as posted by Script Flags so I would consider this one debunked.
According to an article posted by SkyMovies, Prometheus isn’t going to be as Alien-less as we were led to believe:
“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.”
“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.
As well as this, article mentions an “enormous head” that pilots the main spaceship and the mention of the shoot in Morocco was rumored earlier in November.
In addition, this news came not long after the announcement Michael Fassbender has been cast to play an android. Thanks to Outpost31, Darkoo and Kieran for the news.
According to an article from Deadline.com, the Alien Prequel has now become an entirely new film called Prometheus that has resulted from Ridley and co’s work on the prequel:
“First, it started out as an Alien Prequel. But then it morphed into something “more original”, an insider tells us – even though Hollywood kept referring to the project as “The Alien Prequel” right up until today when Twentieth Century Fox officially announced the new Ridley Scott production as Prometheus is now bound for worldwide release on March 9th, 2012.”
The article also confirms Scott cast Noomi Rapace. So it sounds like we won’t be getting a new Alien film. Thanks to Brother and Mikey for the news.
Colonial Marines composer Kevin Riepl has been talking with horror movie site Bloody Disgusting about his work scoring games and movies:
“I do my best when approaching a scene, to score the human element, if there is one, rather than the environment. To assist in the emotional connection between the story and the viewer. If said scene is all visuals of environments like the lairs, I may at times score it with a mixture of organic orchestral instruments with touches of modern synthetic elements mixed in to really bring the viewer into the setting. In other instances I may score the scene to help connect the viewer to the cold, damp, and completely foreign vibe of the environment.”
He talks briefly about his work on Colonial Marines. Thanks to sh0dan and Brother for the news.
According to Vulture, actress Charlize Theron is being sought by Fox for a role in the Prequel:
“Regardless, we’re told that Fox is having the role rewritten so that it’s larger and befitting, if not of Theron, then at least of someone of Theron’s stature. We’re also told that the South African beauty should get the new version of the Alien script sometime this week and make her decision soon.”
This should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as Vulture’s last Alien Prequel news was debunked as incorrect. Thanks to Shasvre for the news.
A new screenshot from Aliens Colonial Marines has been found on Lorin Wood’s personal website. He’s one of the concept artists at Gearbox who is working on ACM. The location in the shot is very similar to Hadley’s Hope.
Thanks to ikarop for the news.