Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.
One "insider" puts the budget between $150-$160 million, noting minimal set and special effects requirements and maximum plot creativity instead. Several actresses have met with Scott to talk about playing a planet colony military leader. Two are going to be duking it out for the role: Natalie Portman and Noomi Rapace. And while many consider this an Alien reboot, one Vulture source insists that "this [film] returns the franchise to its root"--meaning a suspenseful horror, not an action film--and should be considered the director's second Alien film, free of Predator creatures but, according to Scott, thoroughly "tough" and "really nasty." Both Portman and Rapace could pull this off, and it's no surprise that they are top choices for Scott or Fox. Vote for which one you'd like to see after the jump.
Another upcoming suspense pic is James McTeigue's movie based on Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. Star John Cusack, playing Poe, will be joined by Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe) and Alice Eve (She's Out of My League). Evans will play the detective friend to Poe, a role previously occupied by Jeremy Renner before he landed himself in Mission: Impossible 4. Eve plays Poe's fiance, who is kidnapped by a murderer inspired by Poe's own stories. The Raven starts shooting in Budapest and Serbia (in the role of Baltimore circa 1849) on October 25.
Portman vs. Rapace: