While people are obviously wary of a new installment in the Alien franchise after the fourth film (the third is still good, in director’s cut form!), there is something to be said about going and doing a proper prequel of sorts and having Ridley Scott actually be involved in. While it has changed over time, it has done so for good reason, especially as Damon Lindelof has come on board to rewrite the script and make it more of what he and many others believe is the best way to deal with a prequel. To use the same universe, but shift the story elsewhere. Why spoil what’s to come, after all? Lindeloff had a chat over at the Kevin Pollak Chat Show and went into this part of it in good detail and explains simply and effectively one of the big problems the die hard fans have with prequels, and how he’s going to approach it with Prometheus, which is due out on June 8th, 2012 starring an intriguing cast with Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, and Guy Pearce.
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 [Prometheus] wanted to be.
I also do feel that this movie is the movie I would want to see as a fanboy, take place in that ‘Alien’ universe, which precedes the events of the original ‘Alien,’ but is not necessarily burdened by all the tropes of that franchise with Facehuggers and Chestbursters, and all that stuff that I love… but its sorta like, we’ve seen it before, can we do something different this time? And that’s the movie that Ridley wanted to make.