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Prometheus: Alien prequel or not?

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Some good news for sci-fi and Scott fans...

 Writer-producer Damon Lindelof clarifies the relationship between Ridley Scott's Prometheus and the Alien franchise

So here's a question that has been bugging (pun intended!) sci-fi fans since the project was announced: will Damon Lindelof's Prometheus be a prequel to the Alien franchise, or not?

The announcement that Lindelof would be writing and producing Prometheus, a sci-fi film set in the Alien universe, caused a considerable amount of excitement among fans. Lindelof earned his geek-cred through his prolific work on the TV series Lost, as well as working on the screenplay for next month's Cowboys vs. Aliens. He is also reportedly working with Lost creator J.J. Abrams on the as-yet untitled Star Trek sequel, which may be released in 2012 according to IMDB. (Though Abrams indicates it may yet be delayed if necessary to deliver a great film.)

The question, then, is how closely Prometheus will follow the Alien storyline? Will it be a prequel, in the vein of Star Wars, setting up the characters whose outcomes are set in the movies we've seen before? Or in the vein of the Godfather II, filling in the blanks and bridging the gaps between the characters' origins and later stories?  Happily, it looks like neither. (I say happily, because even if you loved Godfather II or the Star Wars prequels - don't laugh - either option would suck as an Alien prequel.)

He shared some insight into Prometheus in a recent interview (announced by Lindelof himself on Twitter as: "Yes. I have graciously been invited to chat with @kevinpollak this Sunday. No. He will not make me cry. OR WILL HE?!?!") No word as to whether he cried, as yet, but he did have this to say on the matter of Prometheus:

"It started as an Alien prequel ... that is what everyone wanted it to be. (But) what is the state of the Alien franchise at this point in our lives?" He goes on to give his impression of a good prequel, "I've always felt that really good prequels should be original movies ... and the sequels to those prequels should not be the movie which already exists. You can do movies which take place before Star Wars but I don't need to see the story of the Skywalker clan - show me something else which I can't guess the possible outcome of. So a true prequel should essentially precede the events of the original film but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world."

With that being said, it appears that Prometheus (which marks Ridley Scott's return to directing sci-fi 25 years post-Blade Runner) will be set in the Alien universe, but will in no way feature Noomi Rapace as Young Ripley. Thank you, Lindelof and Scott.

Prometheus is currently filming, and stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Idris Elba (Thor, Luther, The Wire). If you'd like to hear more from Lindelof about Prometheus, Lost, and the upcoming Star Trek sequel, or to see for yourself if he cries, you can watch the full, very in-depth interview with Kevin Pollak here.

See also:

Alien prequel: It's dead as disco

EXCLUSIVE: Alien prequel WILL be 3D

Why Blade Runner doesn't need a sequel

Kunis joins Franco in Oz prequel

Arnold Schwarzenegger agrees to another Terminator

X-Men: First Class review

X-Men: First Class [2] Review


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