New Titles for Alien Prequel, Clash of the Titans Sequel, and Conan Reboot
12.09.10 by BJSprecher
A trio of previously-untitled upcoming sci-fi and fantasy movies have finally been given official appellations. First up, Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, which may not turn out to be a prequel, after all. According to Vulture's "insiders," Scott's movie is actually a reboot of the franchise as reflected by its new title, Paradise, which eschews the "Alien" title altogether. Vulture also claims that the movie is not delayed, as recently rumored, and that Michelle Yeoh and Michael Fassbender are in consideration for major roles. Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish and Natalie Portman are all said to be in consideration for the Ripley-esque (Sigourney Weaver) lead role. The Paradise script was written by Jon Spaihts, with rewrites by Lost writer Damon Lindelof.
Next up, Liam Neeson, who played the Greek god Zeus in Louis Leterrier's remake of Clash of the Titans, has revealed that the sequel will go into production in March 2011 under the title Wrath of the Titans. Neeson said that the script for the movie is on its 10th draft—normally, not a good sign—and that it contains some "kick-a** stuff and a very human story to it." Jonathan Liebesman takes over directorial duties on the sequel, with Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton and Ralph Fiennes set to reprise the roles of Perseus, Io and Hades. James Franco and Javier Bardem are rumored to be in talks to play Poseidon's son Agenor and Ares, god of war, respectively.
Finally, Marcus Nispel's Conan reboot, which was briefly listed under the awful title "Conan 3D" on a promo poster on the the Nu Image production company web-site, will borrow the title of Arnold Schwarzenegger's classic movie and be called Conan the Barbarian. The movie is based on the classic sword-and-sorcery character created by Robert E. Howard and stars Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, and Rachel Nichols. It is currently in post-production, aimed at a 2011 release.