Everything you've heard about Alien in the past 48 hours is WRONG

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Dec 14, 2012

You know that big infodump 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.

In case you didn't see it earlier or forgot, here's a recap of all the alleged news that hit the Interwebs about the project. But if you don't feel like reading it, don't worry: None of it is correct anyway.

A corporate communications spokesperson for Fox by the name of Chris Petrikin took to Fox's Twitter feed to debunk two of the biggest items put out there about the movie, saying that it is not called Paradise as reported, and that it is definitely one movie and not two.

Meanwhile, all that talk about Scott initially wanting Leonardo DiCaprio to star, and now looking to cast folks like Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender (300) and Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies)? Nope. Not happening. The Playlist says that a source told them all that casting gossip is "just plain wrong."

Now, none of this stuff is completely unreasonable. Rapace, Fassbender and Yeoh could all be on some shortlist of actors' names that Scott dreamed up as potential cast members—that happens a lot and it doesn't mean those are the exact people he's going after. Paradise could be a code name for the movie to keep prying eyes away from the set when it does start filming (it would be kind of odd to have an Alien movie without the word "alien" in the title, don't you think?). But somehow this was all initially reported as fact, or close to fact, and that's not the case.

So what do we know? Pretty much that Ridley Scott is developing a prequel to Alien, which is what we've known all along. There is a script by Damon Lindelof, there is some preproduction going on, but so far there are no delays on actual production—because the thing is still not officially even greenlit yet. Until that happens, we'll take everything else we hear with an extra-large grain of salt.

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