You know that big info dump about Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien prequel that happened in the last two days, including a title, possible cast members, even an out-of-the-blue reason for the movie being delayed? Forget about it.
We've never been so happy to be wrong. We recently reported that the Alien prequel would be delayed until 2013. But fortunately, production (which just got a title!) will go ahead as planned. Yet it turns out there was a genuine reason for that threat to getting our Alien on: Leonardo DeCaprio.
For those of you who have been hotly anticipating the return of the evil xenomorph, you'll have to cool your jets. The upcoming prequel, which was supposed to hit the screens in either late 2011 or 2012, has been pushed to 2013.
Matthijs van Heijningen may be undertaking his very first gig as director with the prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, but if the source of his inspiration is any indication, the project is in good hands—because he's drawing on some of the best classic horror movies of all time, including Rosemary's Baby and (in particular) Alien.
As hard as it is to imagine everyone's favorite alien ass-kicking action heroine Ellen Ripley played by anyone other than Sigourney Weaver, it almost happened—and the other actress who almost got the role in1978 was none other than Meryl Streep.
While we all debate which up-and-coming young actress will end up filling Sigourney Weaver's shoes (or trying to, anyway) in the Alien prequel, let's not forget that Weaver was once a beginner herself. Of course, you can't really tell that from her audition for the role of Ripley, in which she already seemed like an old pro.
Somehow, an Australian website got its hands on the script for Ridley Scott's return to the Alien franchise and posted all kinds of info—until Fox made them take it down. But we sniffed it out and present it for your consideration.
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