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When it was announced yesterday that Michael Fassbender had officially become a member of the Prometheus cast, it left me puzzled. As we all know, the script for the project was originally conceived as a prequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien. But with Noomi Rapace play a strong, Ridley-esque lead character and Fassbender playing an android, it made me wonder how the projects would differentiate themselves. Apparently it's a legitimate question.
Sky Movies claims to have learned about the plot of Prometheus, and apparently the concept of "original idea" is somewhat misleading. According to an unnamed source (which is always the best, most reliable source), the xenomorphs are still very much a part of the story as is the "space jockey" that was introduced in Scott's 1979 film. Said the source, "Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently."
The story also makes a point about Scott's promise of "Alien DNA" being part of the project, saying that it's actually a misdirect. It is claimed that the plot of the film centers on the DNA of the xenomorphs and the cast will be going to the alien species' home world.
"Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I’ve heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I’ve also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I’m not sure if it’s an archaeological dig on another planet."
It's hard to know what to believe in this story. If it's true, then Prometheus isn't an original concept by any stretch and will be a prequel. Sky Movies also happens to be a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which also owns that delightful paper over in Britain known as The Sun. Until we hear any sort of confirmation from 20th Century Fox or Ridley Scott himself, feel free to treat this story as a major rumor.