As predicted there has been news of another prequel in production, and yet again it is of an absolute classic of a film, Alien.
However I believe this one will be different to the other prequels recently made as this is involving the original director Ridley Scott, which he revealed in an interview back in 2010. It wasn’t until January 2011 that the name of the prequel was released, it is to the be called Prometheus.
There has been talk of a fifth installment to the Alien franchise which was going to explore the origins of the ‘Alien’ which was originally being worked on by James Cameron however he decided to drop the movie after hearing that fox was pursuing the Alien vs Predator franchise.
Within this prequel Ridley Scott has decided to explore the origins of the ‘Space Jockey’ which briefly appeared in the first Alien film. The story is set 30 years prior to the original movie and the role of the Alien will not be played by the original creature!
This film wants to explore ‘how did we humans come about’, exploring ‘gods and engineers’ of the universe! Were the Aliens themselves designed as a form of biological warfare. As a means to ‘clean up’ a planet?…
There has been talk it being produced as a 3D film which personally I think will just ruin it.
There has been rumours that this production is not a prequel to Alien as it is so different from the original, however screen writer Damon Lindelof claimed that it will be but with a different storyline… “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. That was my fundamental feeling about what this movie wanted to be”.
This comment alone has made me extremely excited, can not wait for the release! I feel this quote also explains why The Thing prequel was such a flop. Its was exactly the same as the original.
(Source Dark Horizons)