Director Ridley Scott recently said that his new movie Prometheus is using the original Alien as a "jumping-off point" for a "new, grand mythology." But apparently there are still aliens in the new movie—and they're big.
An exclusive source has told Sky Movies that the classic monsters from the original film are in fact in Prometheus, and are actually an important part of the plot: "Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar H.R. Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently."
Scott himself might have offered a clue to the aliens' involvement when he said that fans would "recognize strands of Alien's DNA" in the new film. According to the source, Scott might have meant that quite literally: "Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I've heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I've also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I'm not sure if it's an archaeological dig on another planet."
Whether that planet is the alien homeworld or not remains to be seen, but the source also revealed that another familiar element of the first Alien film will also reappear in this one: "They've built the 'space jockey' cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien."
The source also mentions that the film's main spaceship will be piloted by "an enormous head" that could be biomechanical in nature. All this comes on the heels of news that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) is confirmed to be joining the cast—possibly as an android—while its release date has been moved from March 9, 2012, to June 8 of that year—prime summer blockbuster real estate.
There have already been a ton of rumors around this project, so our advice is to treat this the same way. But could old Ridley be pulling a fast one on everyone and putting the Alien in this movie after all? Stay tuned!
(via Ropes of Silicon)