Gemma Arterton in 'Keys to the Street,' Maybe 'Alien' Prequels
Although I've stated that I've had my fill of Gemma Arterton in her combined bland, exposition riddled roles in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, I've heard nothing but surprisingly good things about her in The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Hopefully with opportunities to be more than eye candy or a facilitator of plot devices, she can prove herself to be a great actress. Those opportunities may be coming soon as The Playlist found a Sunday Times interview (not available online) where Arterton revealed a few new projects: the Christopher Nolan-written thriller The Keys to the Street and maybe Ridley Scott's Alien prequels.
The first project is an adaptation of Ruth Rendell's novel of the same name that Nolan wrote shortly after his first film Following in 1998, so this is quite an old project. Apparently the script wasn't all that great, but that criticism is from someone who wasn't immensely impressed by The Dark Knight (at least at the script level), so you can do what you will with that info. Since then, the script has been reworked by Michael Stokes (not the most talented of writers as you'll see from his previous work), and I'm willing to bet Nolan has nothing to do with this project anymore. I suppose Stokes re-write could've easily been thrown out, but all we know is Arterton loves the current script, as she said, "Why on Earth has this film been sitting around?"
In addition, Arterton briefly mentions that she's attached to In With the Outlaws, a British cowboy film from director Richard E. Grant. However, the most interesting tidbit from the interview is her revealing a future meeting with Ridley Scott to talk about the Alien prequels. Though she doesn't sound that excited (or informed) Arterton said: " Ridley Scott saw Alice Creed and loved it. He wants me to meet for Aliens: The Remake or something." When she talks about the project and the prospect of a meeting just like that, it doesn't instill too much confidence in her taking a role akin to Sigourney Weaver's kick-ass heroine Ellen Ripley. We're not sure what Scott has in mind, but I guess we'll find out soon. An early meeting certainly isn't a guarantee of any casting, but it at least gives us hope that progress on those prequels is being made.
Once again, Arterton has some work to do before I throw my full support behind her, but maybe these new opportunities will provide the chance to shine. Since there seems to be a lot of unanswered questions and vague information on the aforementioned projects, we'll try to keep you posted as each of them develops.