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Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel no longer a prequel; Now titled Prometheus; Noomi Rapace to star

Deadline reports that the Ridley Scott-directed Alien prequel has morphed into a non-prequel film titled Prometheus. The project will be released on March 9, 2012. Here’s what Ridley Scott had to say:

“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.”

Writer Damon Lindelof also offered some thoughts on the project:

“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.”

Additionally, the studio has announced that Swedish actress Noomi Rapace will play the lead scientist role. Deadline is also reporting that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are circling the other female lead (“Vickers”).