Sigh: Chris Petrikin, senior V.P. of communications at Fox, said this via Twitter last night: “I don’t know where to begin to correct what is being written about a certain Ridley Scott project…” It should be noted we don’t know which report he’s referring to. There’s been a lot of news regarding the development of Twentieth Century Fox’s Alien, which has lead to a series of new developments. The latest comes from the NY Post who discovered that the official working title is now Paradise (although it’s unclear if it’s Alien: Paradise or just Paradise), and that it will actually be a REMAKE, contrary to all of the previous reports. There’s a slew of fresh info that you’ll find beyond the break, including characters and potential casting. What are your thoughts on this breaking news?
From the NY Post:
“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.”
What say you?