Alien prequel gets studio approval

Natalie Portman is favourite for lead role


Lost screenwriter Damon Lindelof has just delivered his script for the Alien prequel to the chaps at 20th Century Fox, and word is that they really love it.

Not because it kicks all kinds of xenomorph booty, but because it’s probably going to cost less to make than Ridley Scott’s original proposed budget of $150m. C’mon, they are studio execs after all.

Still, even if the good news is more monetary than creative, Natalie Portman has officially met with Scott and his team, and is the current favourite for the lead role of a “female Colonial marine General”.

More positive news keeps on coming in the report that Lindelof’s script should be a sparse, creepy number that while not involving too many giant action set pieces, imitates the feeling of the original Alien with off-screen violence and few F-bombs.

Vulture spoke with an insider who had this to say about the possiblities of a PG-13 prequel, and why it's not necessarily a bad idea of Alien vs. Predator proportions:

“The thinking is that 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.”

So that’s where the Alien prequels currently stand. Now let’s get some official casting underway, hey?

Would you sit through a PG-13 Alien prequel? Tell us your thoughts below…

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    • Sarlacc

      Oct 13th 2010, 8:44

      Right..... So chestburster scenes would be suitable for a pg?????? Please lord don't let the suits f**k this up already.

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    • alman22

      Oct 13th 2010, 10:04

      Natalie Portman as a 'colonial marine general' she's a bit young! or did she join the marines at birth?

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    • DanRose

      Oct 13th 2010, 11:33

      Here we go.... vying for a PG-13 rating to generate more cash, yet ultimately making a c**p film... this sounds bad to me...

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    • Rosewood09

      Oct 13th 2010, 12:34

      I am gutted to hear they're trying for PG-13, that wil make this film utter cack! I also feel Portman would be a horrendous choice, she can't act and just doesn't fit the proposed role at all anyway! I can't comment on Noomi's acting ability as not familiar with her, but if the role is a female colonial marine general wouldn't an older actress who can pull off a more rugged character be more fitting - the likes of Angelina Jolie and Zoe Saldana have previous history of such roles but I'm sure there are even better fits out there. I just hope they take some time to stop and re-think this insanity!!

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    • Sarlacc

      Oct 13th 2010, 16:37

      dalidab1982 - Did i mention Natalie Portman at all in my post? Without wanting to start a pathetic talkback argument its pretty insulting to be labelled a sexist pig with no provication whatsoever. For the record I think Natalie is a great actress and agree that Noomi Rapace is the better option. Think before you post please.

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    • sp4cej0ckey

      Oct 13th 2010, 19:19

      OK calm down Natalie Portman haters!..they only said she's the "current favourite" so its not even official yet. Empire magazine you bring us the latest rumours about movies barely in production every week, but most turn out to be a load of cr4p anyway! This is yet another reason why i dont bother wasting my money on your p1ss-poor magazine anymore.

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    • sp4cej0ckey

      Oct 13th 2010, 19:25

      ..oops sorry, meant Totalfilm, not Empire Magazine...altho you both seem to use the same sh1tty sources (google!....errr hum).

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    • cleanbreak

      Oct 13th 2010, 19:47

      I'm getting sick of these studios who tone down perfectly good material so that children can see it. If it's any good, they can buy it on blu ray when they're older, like the many teenagers who are most likely going to fork out for the new box set that's coming. First terminator, now this, what's next, are we going to be subjected to a family friendly version of deep throat.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 14th 2010, 5:34

      It better be a Rated R/18, a PG13 Alien would be hot garbage.

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    • alman22

      Oct 14th 2010, 9:42

      dalidab1982 i was not being sexist! Natalie Portman is just far too young to play a General, an older actress is needed for that role or it simply will not be believable.

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    • ebyandsmartie

      Oct 15th 2010, 12:18

      If Natalie Portman turns out to be a droid, then her age won't matter! Plus the reason studios love 3D is not just the gimmick, its a perfect built-in anti-piracy tool. How can you video cam a blurry screen? As long as its a good creepy script, who care what cert it is?

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    • Ultravidi

      Oct 19th 2010, 0:49

      Fox, can stick PG-13! All this effort at justifying this move is just major rubbish talk! What way do their heads work? What are they thinking? This is a sci-fi horror thriller. I had hopes for this movie, but the more Im hearing about it now, the more certain I am this film will suck,.. BIG TIME! The days of that classic kind of film making, that the original film represented; are over! That much is certain, and nobody can argue otherwise and really believe it themselves. Its soooo obvious. Natalie Portman? Give me a break, Id much prefer to see Noomi Rapace instead! Anyway, at this rate, I wont bother with this movie. For me, there only ever was and will be two movies to this particular franchise!

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