Alien Prequel

No, not Jay Sherman’s genius but misunderstood short film from that episode of The Critic. I’m talking about the let’s-just-start-calling-it-an-Alien-prequel that’s currently in production under director Ridley Scott. The rumor that Pearce may have a role in the project was originally broke by CHUD who received an email that looked something like this: “Evening Nick, my mate is working on Prometheus as OMITTED and met Guy Pierce on set today. She’s previously worked on OMITTED, OMITTED and OMITTED and I’ve no reason to believe she’s lying. I’ve not read anywhere about Guy being cast so thought it might interest you.“ That was a wonderful rumor, but not quite something that looked like a concrete story. But, following up on the story, The Playlist has managed to confirm with Pearce’s reps that he is indeed working on this new look-it’s-got-something-to-do-with-Alien-alright project. What this means is that Pearce will be joining a cast that is already full of buzzworthy and super talented names like Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall and Logan Marshall-Green. Despite the fact that this is in at least some ways one of those dreaded prequels, could we be looking at the most relevant and potentially good thing that Scott has made in a long time? I’m going to go ahead and say “yes.” Opinion to be confirmed at a later date.

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There has been a lot of hubbub over Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus. First it was described as being an Alien prequel, then it wasn’t an Alien prequel, and eventually it settled on being a film that had some strong ties to Alien. The casting has been in full swing, as names like Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Noomi Rapace have all been signed up to play key roles. Speculation and anticipation as to what the film will actually end up being is at a fever pitch, and Rapace has sat down with MTV to talk a little bit about her role.

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The Week That Was

It’s been another awesome week here at Film School Rejects. We launched several new columns, including our first action-centric weekly romp (Bullet Points), a feature focused on Cole Abaius and Landon Palmer’s IM conversations (Talking Heads) and our two new dailies (Vintage Trailer and News After Dark) are going strong. The hard work is happening, and hopefully you’ve noticed. If not, that’s okay. You will soon. For now, lets focus on the best articles of the week as we explore The Week That Was.

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Charlize Theron hasn’t had a starring role in a major movie since Hancock, and even then she didn’t have just a massive amount of screen time. Not counting that, the last time she was front and center was Aeon Flux. To bring some perspective to the plate, Theron may very well be one of those actresses that’s incredibly famous, but hasn’t been in a great starring role for seven years. Sidenote: Aeon Flux does not count as a great starring role. However, it looks like the actress is kicking it into high gear, because her name is attached to all sorts of movies she can’t possibly do at once. She was in talks to appear in the J. Edgar Hoover biopic being made by one-take director Clint Eastwood, but she’s bowed out of that gracefully. Now, she’s only double booked.

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Without H.R. Giger’s design for the alien in the original Alien, it wouldn’t have come close to having the impact that it had. It was the launch of not only a frightening new monster to invade our nightmares, but also of an iconic beast that permeates pop culture. Thousands of monsters movies attempted it, and Alien found success because of Giger. Now, it’s loosely confirmed that he’ll be back on board for the prequels. Good news by any stretch of the imagination.

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Executives at Fox (and for that matter, Natalie Portman) are in love with a recently completed Alien prequel script by Damon Lindelof. That’s the word on the street. It’s word that should come with some cautionary optimism for Alien fans. The good news is that the tension between director Ridley Scott and the moneybags at Fox may be over thanks to said script. A few weeks ago there were rumblings of a major rift, much of which was driven by the director and studio not seeing eye to eye on issues like budget and rating. Scott wanted to deliver a bigger, harder R version of Alien — it had fans drooling and Fox slamming on the brakes. But according to the latest reports, team Lost Lindelof swooped in at the last minute with a script that makes it all better.

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