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Fox Excited About Lindelof's 'Alien' Script, Wants Portman Too

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October 13, 2010
Source: Vulture

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I don't know about everyone else, but I really want Ridley Scott to do nothing more than finally direct the long-discussed Alien prequel next, no more period action movies or political thrillers or anything. Its been in development for a while and we learned back in July that "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof had been hired to write the latest draft of the script. While we don't usually report on scripts getting turned in because it's very mundane news, Vulture received an update from a industry spy with lots of exciting details about Lindelof's latest draft that was turned into Fox last weekend that they "flipped" over because it's so good.

So we know that it's going to be a prequel (or two) that will somehow address the "space jockey" guy from the first Alien, but as for exact details, things are still a bit vague. The story will, however, focus on a female Colonial Marine General (we'll get into casting later) and is set roughly 35 years before the first movie. Apparently Lindelof's script is "creatively engaging", but doesn't have too many overly expensive action set pieces that would blow up the budget. Scott wants upwards of a $150 to $160 million budget at the moment, but Fox still wants to bring that down, which I'm sure they'll do before this actually gets greenlit.

Continuing on, Vulture learned that the script is PG-13, as recently rumored, but don't freak out about this news yet. Apparently it's not that bad, as they explain: "If the original Alien were released today, minus the F-bombs, you could still get a PG-13. Alien is a very Jaws-ian movie: There's no sex, and while there's lots of violence, most of it is off-camera. Maybe you'd have to cut away from certain scenes two seconds earlier, but it could be done." Well okay, but I just hope it's not too toned down. The MPAA has become worse over the years and they're likely to cut even more violence to make it PG-13, but I don't think there's anything we can say or do to convince them to go R with this. Although, Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal's Predators was R-rated and that brought in a solid $125 million from the worldwide box office this summer. So who knows?

Moving on to casting, Vulture says Natalie Portman is "at the top of the list" of candidates in the running for the lead marine role. Then again, everyone in town wants her, no thanks to her phenomenal performance in Black Swan. They say that Portman and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who's been mentioned before, are the only two actresses that Fox and Scott both like. But, of course, anything can happen, and we all know that Portman makes decisions last minute. I'd be happy with either, they're both strong actresses that can carry a film on their own and would definitely be viable modern counterparts to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley.

So there you go. This is a lot of information to process, especially when we don't even know the exact plot, but it sounds like things are going well. Even though most may not like hearing about that PG-13 part, the rest of it sounds as if Fox might actually be moving forward with this soon, aiming for summer 2012, which is what I hope happens. We'll keep you updated as we hear more. Still seem like this is in good hands?

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  • Eli
    Why is Portman so popular these days?Is there no other casting choices? She is good actress-for some part, not EVERY part there is. There is plenty others actress who just wait to be discover. On other hand, can't wait to finally some things start moving toward realization of Alien! Bring in on!.
  • Tey
    PG-13!!!! Fuck this i'm out
  • jim
    nice lindeloff is writing the script, hopefully its gonna be good. pg13 is fucked up :/
  • Carlton Whitfield
    "This is a lot of information to process" No it's not. It's a lot of TEXT to process, cos you babble on with your opinion so much, but the information is pretty minimal.
  • Cmurder
    Yeah, extremely lame that this is PG-13. This is fucking Alien we are talking about! Ill probably still check this out if the trailers look good but keeping it PG-13 in order to make more money and probably to the detriment of the scipt and story itself is a cop out.
  • Mostly
    They mostly come out at night...
  • jason heimlicker
  • shawnseph
    its probably gonna end with the main character dieing, and realizing that alien 1 and 2 was just a "holding place' for all to go together to meet up before they go to heaven
  • Jericho
    cool about a script,but uncool about a PG-13... i'll still see it in theaters
  • http://www.myspace.com/telltaletwins Telltale Twin
    Wow! Thanks for the vague-ass article!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    The only good thing about it being PG-13, is that it actually forces those in charge to pay bloody attention to what's in the script instead of just the FX like such moves as Transformers 2 and G.I Joe.
  • o Toxin o
    i'm sure pg 13 will change , this thing hasn't even started yet. once they see what they have on film which should be awesome then i bet it will be an R
  • Man
    Yes Portman I'm pumped for all the work offers she's getting she's brilliant.
  • ryderup
    Haha. Lot of text. little information. Hmm.... great they're making it. Not that sure if Scott knows how to make it good. We'll have to see.
  • Dan W
    I really want this to be R.
  • http://www.kts.xbuild.com Katsomaya
    The heck with that i hear Harry Dean and Yaphet saying "She better stay the funster out of my way" there was enough funstering on network Tv in the 1990s when the neutered Die Hard and Lethal weapon for TV Alien is meant to be an adult movie for adult audiences not Transformers with Acid where Alan Ladd Jr when you need him
  • splinter
    PG-13????what a shame...so lameeeeeeeee
  • Pat
    PG-13 = instant boycott in my book. And Natalie Portman, much as I like her, is NOT a space marine. Sorry. This movie is looking worse and worse by the minute. And I was looking so foward to it. :(
  • Xerxex
    Scott you had better force them to make it fucking R! My Dad is rolling in his grave right now! The biggest Alien fan on Earth, and he's saying R or bust! Casting? not really worried about it.
  • Phontsolo
    To Carlton Whitfield: Why the HELL are you reading this movie blog?
  • Phontsolo
    Natalie Portman. Space Marine General? haha... bwahahaha...
  • Edward
    another fucking PG-13 movie for fucking kids??? why they presist on making movies for fucking goddamn kids??? any need for kids for watching alien movies? Ridley scott was talking about a dark and nasty alien movie and this is going to change for a kid movie??? i hate fucking kids.this fuckers must watch cartoons,not more. fox is going to shitting on alien movies.somebody stop them.
  • acid blood
    natalie portman + PG-13 script !!!!!! Sir Ridley Scott will not collusion by FOX, because alien is his original movie and milions of fans around the world are waiting for a dark and bloody alien movie after years.im sure he cand make it rated R and show them a finger!!!
  • Harry
    natalie portman + PG-13 script !!!!!! Sir Ridley Scott will not collusion by FOX, because alien is his original movie and milions of fans around the world are waiting for a dark and bloody alien movie after years.im sure he cand make it rated R and show them a finger!!!
  • tra la la la la di da
    I don't know about everyone else, but I really want Ridley Scott to do nothing more than finally direct the long-discussed Alien sequel next...fuck the prequel. Space jockey? Seriously? Who gives a fuck? #21 I said the same thing about Adrien Brody and...oh wait he turn out to be a cheesy scrawny wuss in Predators so yeah.
  • o Toxin o
    LOL@ # 22 ya kids an their soccor moms are waterin everything down, you can't do anything as a kid without wearin a helmet an not bein outside for more than 15 min without havin to drink juice out of a box either, when i was young it was survival of the fittest an me an my brother rented vhs horror movies every other day . They just don't makem like they used to , all this safety sh#$ nowadays has effected all the creativity.
  • Edward
    thank 4 #26! you made my fucking day!!!
  • http://www.myspace.com/telltaletwins Telltale Twin
    ...mostly...
  • bozo
    As I think Aliens was the 2nd greatest movie of all time, I'm happy to hear the words "Colonial Marine" used. Portman? Hmmm... maybe - I think she's highly directorially dependent. PG-13...??? I don't like it. Marines fucking cuss. A fucking lot. How do I get out of this chicken shit outfit?
  • Mike Balrog
    FUCK YOU ALL!!!! damn you guys! who gives a flying fuck if its PG fuckin 13 or not. Did you guys CRY your asses off when The Dark Knight was PG-13? What about INCEPTION, same fucking deal. Lets see you create something better....GUESS not! Cause any of you dissing a PG13 flick cant create shit even close, just cry about your missing blood, or killing, maiming, mutilation, gore, etc. You dont need any of that to make a great flick. Just an amazing story (writing), and exceptional direction. Those elements are all you need. If you want a HARD fucking R Aliens, go tell your Gramps to shove his DICK far up your asses, thats a HARD fucking R for you guys! Grow the fuck up and shut the fuck up. PG13 or not, this will be one badass flick!

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