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Natalie Portman circling “Alien” prequel as Lindelof’s script earns raves

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In the long run, saying goodbye to “Lost” might be the best thing to have happened to Damon Lindelof.

The celebrated co-creator of the groundbreaking island drama has moved on to some truly mouth-watering projects since departing “Lost.” He co-wrote “Cowboys & Aliens” for director Jon Favreau. He’s tackling the “Star Trek” sequel for (I’m assuming) J.J. Abrams to direct. And now word is breaking that Lindelof’s screenplay for Ridley Scott’s planned “Alien” prequel is earning raves at 20th Century Fox.

Vulture reports that the studio is flipping out over Lindelof’s treatment for assorted reasons. Though details are being kept under wraps, Lindelof reportedly has penned a PG-13 “Alien” adventure, and has come up with a way to reduce costs by reducing expensive, effects-laden set pieces.

“This is some good news for Fox, which has almost nothing resembling a blockbuster in the hopper for the summer of 2012, and could certainly stand to reinvigorate a wildly popular multi-part sci-fi franchise,” Vulture writes.

The report goes on to say that Natalie Portman is at the top of the list of actresses hoping to take the ride with Sir Ridley, and that “Dragon Tattoo” actress Noomi Rapace also is being considered for the role. It’s interesting that Portman once was circling Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” another sci-fi flick, so maybe she just has a hankering for a space project.

Finally, the report says Scott’s film isn’t a reboot of the franchise – like this summer’s “Predators” – but should be viewed as Scott’s second “Alien” film that somehow continues the franchise with the original filmmaker’s voice.

The as-yet-untitled “Alien” prequel is due out in 2012. More details as they emerge.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • October 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    If this is PG-13… as a 20-year fan of the Alien films, I will boycott it. And I hope the rest of you do, too. And… Natalie Portman? Seriously? She is a talented actress, certainly, but she is no space marine… and definitely not a general. I’m pulling for Noomi Rapace.

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