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Ridley Scott’s ALIEN prequel getting delayed a full year?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 6th, 2010

It’s something to have a release or start date shifted a few months.

Then it’s something wholly different having an already tentative release date delayed an entire year.

According to Script Flags (via The Playlist), Fox has delayed the release of the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed and Damon Lindelof-penned ALIEN prequel a full year, to 2013. Originally set for a 2012 release, no reason has been given as to why the film has been delayed, but with the studio openly adoring the screenplay given by Lindelof, there has to be a wholly different reason.

The bump seems too drastic for the reasoning to be something simple, but with all things seeming like they were going forward relatively smooth, it seems like an odd choice by the studio to completely shift a release date like this.

That said, casting seems to be coming fast, with Olivia Wilde and Noomi Rapace being the remaining actresses in the hunt to take the film’s lead role. At this point, I’d be shocked if Rapace didn’t ultimately get the gig, but if TRON: LEGACY does gangbusters at the box office (which it won’t), Wilde may play a bigger part in the casting choice here. However, I can’t help but think that Rapace would be an absolutely perfect choice to lead this new portion of the ALIEN franchise.

That said, don’t expect much news for some time now, unless the project hasn’t been shifted. If the project has however, don’t hold out hope that we’ll be hearing anything from this project for a while.

What do you think?

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