We knew that the Alien prequels were casting: Gemma Arterton told the world that Ridley Scott wanted to talk to her about a part. We knew that they were being designed: Arthur Max told Crave that he was working at Pinewood, “doodling spaceships”. We could be forgiven for thinking that they were now an inevitability.
But not so fast. A post at Script Flags sketches a dispute between Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox:
Ridley Scott is at odds with 20th Century Fox, the major studios behind the project over budgetary and creative differences, according to sources close to the production. It would seem Scott wants a budget of around $250m to make it a sci-fi spectacular, and is also pushing for an 18-rated level of violence and horror. Fox, however, don’t plan on investing anywhere near that sum, and are keen to get a 15 rating to maximise the audience appeal.
Clearly the work of a Brit, due to how the classification system is being related. Which also makes me a tad suspicious; wouldn’t Fox be thinking in terms of PG-13 and R, not 15 and 18?
So, adopting caution, let’s look at another story Script Flags have on the same movie. They say:
The most interesting report is that Rapace met with and told Ridley Scott (and Scot Free’s Michael Costigan) that she grew up on his films when she left home at 15. Scott is most likely currently looking for lead actresses and with the films he has on his slate their is really only one that requires personal meetings at this stage, Alien Prequel.
So… they’re making all of this stuff up, right? Well, actually…
The Rapace story is dated 20th of August. It mentions that the actress had met Tommy Wirkola regarding his Hansel and Gretel, something substantiated later by comments made by Jeremy Renner in early September. Also on the list of potential projects for the actress is Sherlock Holmes 2, and we now know she actually got that role.
Here’s the rest of their roster of potential movies for Ms. Noomi Rapace:
Mission: Impossible 4, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Masterwork, The Raven, This Means War.
Make yourself a bingo card and keep watching the trades for the next twelve months or so. I doubt a full house is anything like possible, but I bet a line of three is a real possibility.