Ridley Scott’s Alien Prequel is Now Called Prometheus

Remember all those news we’ve been posting about Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to the “Alien” franchise with a prequel or two? Well he’s still doing it. Sort of. Except now 20th Century Fox has officially changed the name from “Alien” to … “Prometheus”, after the ship that will be heavily featured in the movie, and Noomi Rapace has officially boarded the film as Elizabeth Shaw, the female lead.

“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,” says Scott, “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 Damon Lindelof, who worked with Scott to rewrite an original draft by Jon Spaihts, “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.”

So what, no more Space Jockeys?

“Prometheus” takes flight March 9, 2012.