Damon Lindelof clarifys Alien prequel rumours

We’ll have to wait another year for Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi Prometheus but already writer Damon Lindelof has dismissed any rumours that this is going to be a direct prequel to Scott’s original hit Alien.

In the beginning it was thought that Prometheus was going to be classed as a sequel but when Lindelof came in to tidy up and re write the script things changed as he points out.

“It started as an Alien prequel,” Lindelof said. “That is what everybody wanted it to be. Obviously, Ridley Scott has not made a science fiction movie in 25 years, since Blade Runner, so the idea that he’s returning to this genre is huge.

“But there is a real issue which is – what is the state of the Alien franchise at this point in our lives? There has been Alien Vs Predator and all these things, and it has been completely and totally diluted.”

How to fix that? Well, go back to the very beginning and tell a completely different story.

“I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies,” Lindelof says. “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.

“There is no suspense in inevitability. 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.

“That was my fundamental feeling about what this movie wanted to be.”

So the only thing to link the two together at the moment is the same world? The jury is still out on this one, but with stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender on the cast list we can expect something pretty good!

Prometheus opens 1 June 2012.

Source: Total Film


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