Ridley Scott will direct Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi project Prometheus inspired by Alien that is set to open worldwide through Fox on March 9, 2012.

Jon Spaihts wrote the initial draft of the script from an idea by Scott, who famously ventured into deep space with Alien more than three decades ago in 1979.

The producers are keeping plot details under wraps, however Scott issued the following statement through Fox on Friday [14]: “While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place.

“The keen fan will recognise strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.”

“In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley’s vision was for this movie,” Lindelof added. “It’s daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects.”

Rapace starred in the smash Swedish Millennium thriller series comprising The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (pictured), The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.