That Alien prequel we've been hearing Ridley Scott talk about for so long? No longer an Alien prequel! According to Deadline, the film--previously called Paradise--is now going by the title Prometheus, and scarcely resembles a prequel, containing only "strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak," according to Scott.
The whole thing apparently took on a new direction after writer Damon Lindelof--whom you may recall also took Lost in directions you didn't expect/want--came on to help with the script. He of course wouldn't give away anything regarding what he's done with the plot, but he did tout the originality of Scott's premise, saying, "In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie." Because it's fine to talk shit on prequels now that this suddenly isn't quite one, right?
Despite the title change and removal of "prequel" status, at least one earlier casting rumor still stands: Noomi Rapace has officially been cast as one of the leads, Elizabeth Shaw. Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, meanwhile, are reportedly both in contention to play the other female lead--a character that sounds like a brand of whiskey that would come in a plastic jug, "Vickers." They'd better get that figured out soon, because Fox also announced a March 9th, 2012 release date for this Alien-inspired not-a-prequel that might not even have aliens in it at all.