Twentieth Century Fox and Ridley Scott have revealed new details for the upcoming prequel to their hit classic Sci-Fi space opera, Alien. From the looks of it, the movie has taken a completely different direction, almost less of a prequel, with it now just being a movie set within the same universe as the Alien movies, as Scott’s statement seems to suggest:

“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.”

The new movie has been given the title Prometheus and is being classed as an original sci-fi epic set for release on March 9th 2012 from a script by Damon Lindeof, Jon Spaihts, overseen by Scott himself. It is also being reported that Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) has been cast in the lead female role.

I’m not too sure what to make of this, I’m all for original sci-fi, but an Alien prequel has great potential. Hopefully it still shows the origins of such things as the Space Jockey in the first Alien movie. It’s an interesting direction for the movie to take and I’m looking forward to discovering more about it in the coming year.