Sorry Alien fans. The prequel is dead.
Fox has announced that instead of making the Alien prequel, they will be reconfiguring the Ridley Scott project into an original sci-fi movie, titled Prometheus.
Noomi Rapace is set to star in the film - which has a March 9, 2012 release date.
Damon Lindelof, who co-created Lost, will work with Scott on the new script.
Ooooh, we like that!
Scott explained how the new movie idea came to happen:
"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."
This seems like a better idea, actually. Hollywood needs fresh ideas and even though Alien has a built-in audience, this new movie could be amazing.