Some local Scottish daily newspapers [The Daily Express, The Daily Star] are reporting that a location scouting unit from Ridley Scotts Prometheus have been covering local areas with a view to shoot August through September and that accommodation for up to 150 people is being sought for cast and crew. Here is the article pulled from the Papers. [Unfortunately there are no reports on their online sites.] The news comes via AICN via AlienPrequelNews. Hit the jump for more.
"Aliens are to invade the Highlands - after secret plans were hatched to film a prequel to the sci-fiblockbuster trilogy in Scotland. Location scouts for the long-awaited movie, with original Alien director Ridley Scott in charge, have already visited Inverness and Fort William. All cast members had to sign secrecy clauses and were made to read the script in Ridley Scott's Hollywood office. And when Kate Dickie, 39, needed to see the screenplay in Glasgow a security courier flew to Scotland and stood guard over her for two hours. But the cat was let out of the bag when the film-makers asked about accommodation in Inverness and surrounding towns during August. They are looking for rooms to sleep a cast and crew of at least 150 people. While other mountainous parts of Europe have also been considered, the Scottish Highlands backdrop is favoured because it fits the new film's central theme of "grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. Mediacom, whose film travel and accommodation office is based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, would confirm only that a "large feature film" was due to shoot in the Highlands from early August until September, then elsewhere in Europe in October and November."
AICN also posted the following pretty impressive images of the locations mentioned above.