Enough Alien Prequel News to Dizzy Your Senses: Not Delayed! Working Title Revealed! Actually a Remake?

So, with not even a single frame filmed, the hoopla concerning Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel(s) for Fox seems to be jumping on the same type of merry-go-round that the fabled Ghostbusters 3 has been riding for a year. In short … Everyone has their own set of answers, and all we can do is stare blankly, cross our fingers, and hope for the best.

First up – The Playlist confirms that there’s no truth to the Script Flags rumor about progress stalling on the film(s). They write, “According to representatives we spoke with at Fox, there is “no truth” to those reports. Additionally, while development is continuing, we’ve been told the Alien prequel has not yet been greenlit. So to rephrase, a movie that hasn’t been officially announced or given the go ahead can’t really be delayed.” That’s the kind of double talk that can only be learned by the finest of studio politicians.

Then New York Mag’s Vulture reports that the film has a new working title of Paradise. Yes, Paradise. As per their article:

“We’re told that Paradise reboots the original Alien franchise, in that the story follows a group of space travelers who encounter a monstrous alien creature that picks them off, one by one. Since there’s no working budget yet on the film, formal offers have not gone out to actors, but our spies tell us that several are at the top of Scott’s list for leading roles.

By now, readers of this blog know that Noomi Rapace has been the front-runner for the role of “Elizabeth Shaw,” the film’s main character, but we’ve learned of other parts, too: There’s “David,” who’s actually an android, an earlier version of the Bishop 341-B character that Lance Henriksen famously played in Aliens. We’re told that Scott was interested in Michael Fassbender for the part, but that Fassbender’s reps had sought such an outrageous amount of money for their client that they — forgive the pun — alienated Scott. Of course, there’s still a chance that Fassbender’s reps may salvage the talks, but things haven’t been going so well.

We also hear that Scott hopes to give the part of “Vickers” — a fortysomething, tough-but-sexy woman — to crouching tigress Michelle Yeoh.

There are other interesting roles, including an older businessman along for the ride, but we’re most curious about the part of Engineer 1, who we’re told is to be “played” by a six-foot-five-inch actor, but will actually be entirely CGI, à la Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films.”

So it’s not a prequel, but a reboot (remake?), and it’s not delayed because it hasn’t been greenlit. Does anyone have any aspirin handy? No really, please?

Enough Alien Prequel News to Dizzy Your Senses: Not Delayed! Working Title Revealed! Actually a Remake?

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  • Rottenjesus


  • ChaosWeaver

    God. Damn. It. All.

  • PelusaMG

    “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

  • Gus Bjork


  • GJW

    I need a drink.

    “I have all the characteristics of a human being.Blood, flesh,skin,hair;but not a single,clear,identifiable emotion,except for greed and disgust.”

  • Terminal

    I knew this would be a remake from the get go. Not a shocker at all
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Sirand

      Good thing it isn’t a remake. And there’s no way PARADISE is the real title. That’s the fake production codename. There’s no way they’re gonna make an ALIEN movie without the word “Alien” in the title.

      • Terminal

        Thanks for clearing that up. Thank god Scott has you to clear up news for him as a public relations consultant. I’ll believe it when I see it, pardon me if I don’t believe studio execs and representatives like you.

        But thanks.

        Tell him I said “sup” though, okay?
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • DavidFullam


  • Sirand

    Reboot doesn’t mean remake.

    I trust the mean “reboot” in the same way they used it with PREDATORS and TRON LEGACY.

  • Vanvance1

    This sort of mess never bodes well for the film in the end.

    A hundred chefs tossing a hundred ingredients into the pot and no clear guiding hand. Expect a generic studio film.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    *brain bleeds from head*

    So Creepy, what’s exactly the status on this thing? In layman’s terms?

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