“Prometheus” is an “Alien” Prequel, But With No Aliens?

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06.30.11 2 Comments

Damon Lindelof recently went on the air on “The Kevin Pollak Chat Show” (so that’s what that guy’s been doing) to talk about “Prometheus”, where he managed to both bag hard on George Lucas and reveal absolutely nothing about the movie and its connections to the movies we actually care about except that there might be, like, a Xenomorph at the very end for five seconds. To wit:

It started as an Alien prequel. 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 its been completely and totally diluted. 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 because, with all due respect to anyone who makes a prequel, but why would you ruin the greatest twist in the history of cinema, “Luke, I am your father”, by showing me three movies which basically spoil that surprise. 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 proceed 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, in other words, it has absolutely nothing to do with “Alien”…so it’s a prequel how, again?

[ via the Jonesy fans at SlashFilm ]

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