Today, The Guardian has clearly admitted their mistake. After picking up an April Fools joke item posted at worstpreviews.com that claimed James Cameron wanted to do a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the newspaper has amended the item sub-headline:

History may be set to repeat itself if Cameron signs on for the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s latest return to the Alien universe • … but in fact it’s unlikely to as we discovered this story was an April Fool’s joke on the part of the original source on 3 April. Sorry for the misinformation

On the other hand, Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, who sourced the errant Guardian report, has not been quite as upfront about the slip-up. And that does not sit well with the author of the original gag article, Alex Ginzburg:

After most sites realized it was a joke, they simply apologized. But not Deadline. It instead erased all user comments about how the original article was a joke and then posted an update that states: “Insiders tell me that James Cameron was making a slightly humorous off-handed comment about making a Prometheus sequel and they’d be surprised if it amounted to anything, considering how busy the director will be preoccupied with Avatar sequels.”

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