Ridley Scott's Prometheus Moved to Summer 2012; Michael Fassbender Joins Cast
Posted 01.27.11 by Ryan
Almost two weeks ago, 20th Century Fox announced that director Ridley Scott's developing Alien Prequel wouldn't be an Alien prequel after all, and has instead become the sci-fi movie Prometheus. The project evolved after Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof began to refine the prequel script, originally written by Jon Spaihts.
Fox initially gave the newly-titled Prometheus a release date of March 9, 2012, but THR reports that the release has been moved to the summer, now opening on June 8 instead. The report claims that the movie was precipitated by Disney moving their sci-fi epic John Carter of Mars to the March 9 weekend, a spot previously held for director Tim Burton's 3-D, stop motion Frankenweenie, which will now open on October 5. To recap, that's John Carter of Mars in March, Prometheus in June, and Frankenweenie in October.
The Prometheus movie is either a sign of good faith in Scott, or confidence in the script, but either way, expect Scott to at least attempt a blockbuster, sci-fi summer movie with Prometheus, which has finally added another cast member.
Previously, only Noomi Rapace (the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had been announced as cast in one of five major roles, but a separate THR reports that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) has joined the cast to play an android. Fassbender had been rumored to be up for the role, reportedly named "David", in December. Fassbender was also rumored for the role of the Huntsman in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman but has accepted the Prometheus role instead.