When it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel would be retitled and retooled into its own franchise, it worst of took the wind out of the sails for me. I mean, a new sci-fi horror film from Scott is the best news ever, but it was like hearing they were changing the Jaws ride at Universal Studios to be like “Monster Shark: The Ride”.
With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron all locked for Prometheus, fresh story details have been limited, although unconfirmed rumors circulating on the Web imply that there will be varied connections to Scott’s legendary Alien franchise.
Fassbender confirmed these reports to MTV, stating that it’s absolutely connected to Alien:
“Oh, absolutely. There’s a definite connecting vein,” he stated. “You realize you’re part of something else, but it’s definitely in keeping with the old ones.”
You’ll find more from Fassebener inside. Fox is aiming at a June 8, 2012 release.
Although it explores other areas of that universe, it appears that “Prometheus” and “Alien” exist in the same space. For Fassbender, that connection was initially a bit overwhelming: “When I read it, I was like, ‘Well, okay, another Alien. Where do you go with this idea?’ And then I sort of read the script, and it’s new, yet it’s in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there’s a whole new revelation within this film”
“The first ‘Alien’ [movies], they were thrillers,” he continued. “Something’s going on. It’s creeping, it’s sinister. Things are happening, it’s building, [and there are] different sorts of intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships on board.”
Fassbender’s description of “Prometheus” echoes back to the atmosphere of Scott’s original “Alien” movie, but according to the actor, it’s not all claustrophobic horror – there’s action as well.
“There’s action in it,” he said, “but the intelligence is what struck me when I read it. It’s more sort of like the original ones. There are things happening and building, and the intelligence of the first two-thirds of the film gets you ready for the action.”