I'm not trying to take sides - I don't even know who jj23w is - but unfortunately I think he's right.
I'm not claiming any inside knowledge, I don't have any, ahem, 'high up sources' at Alton Towers, but I just don't see Alton going down the Rocky Mountain route. I wish they were, I really do, there's nothing I'd like more than to see an RMC monster at my home park, but that's part of the reason I don't think it'll happen. Merlin never build stuff that goons want.
And even if I'm wrong, and Alton are in talks with RMC about a new ride, I'd put good money on SW8 being shelved for the time being until the Smiler thing is sorted