Why was Alien almost delayed to 2013? Blame Leonardo DiCaprio!

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Dec 14, 2012

We've never been so happy to be wrong. We recently reported that the Alien prequel would be delayed until 2013. But fortunately, the 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.

New York magazine beat the bushes for the news:

Here's what's really going on: Insiders familiar with the situation tell us that this is merely the echo of a failed effort to cast the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio. Initially, there was some talk at Scott Free of pushing back production to accommodate DiCaprio's schedule, so that he could shoot Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic back-to-back with Scott's two-part Alien prequel. That, apparently, will not be happening -- there will be no "push" to next year.

In other words, Leonardo's loss is our gain.

Those same insiders also let slip the title of the future Ridley Scott film: Paradise. Obviously, any movie that involves a xenomorph will be far from paradisiacal; it bring to mind Serenity, whose crew were far from serene.

In addition, these sources say that Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Michael Fassbender (300) are being courted for roles.

Oddly, the rest of the article gives us information that conflicts what we previously believed about Paradise. First, it mentioned the movie's status as a prequel, but it also referred to it a "reboot." Second, it stated Paradise would be not one but two movies, released "back-to-back."

Two Alien movies directed by Ridley Scott? We've never been so happy to be terrified.

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