The `Alien` Prequel is now `Prometheus`

The Ridley Scott sci-fi film will hit theaters on March 9, 2012.

Cal Kempby Cal Kemp

It’s time for good news, bad news, Alien fans. The good news is that you quell your fears that Ridley Scott is out to ruin his 1979 original with the proposed two-film prequel. The bad news is, you’re not getting a Alien film after all.

20th Century Fox revealed today that Scott’s project has merged into something altogether different, a science fiction epic called Prometheus, scheduled for release on March 9, 2012. Though it was initially conceived as a Alien film in  script from Jon Spaihts (the upcoming The Darkest Hour), rewrites by Damon Lindelof have turned the project into something altogether different.

"While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project," explains Scott, "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."

"In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots," adds Lindelof. "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."

The studio has also provided the first bit of casting with Lisbeth Salander herself, Noomi Rapace set to place a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. There’s apparently another prime female role which Deadline says is likely to go either Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron.