Having whipped Alien fans into a state of frenzy over the promise of a new instalment to the franchise, Scott recently set the cat amongst the pigeons by claiming that the new film will be a stand-alone piece of science fiction, rather than a direct prequel.
The news arrived just a matter of weeks ago, with Fox announcing a film entitled Prometheus would open on March 12 2012, directed by Ridley Scott. “What’s happened to the Alien prequel?” we wondered. Well apparently, this is it, although the Alien element now seems a lot less pertinent.
“Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project,” explains Scott, “(but) out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.
All of which sounds rather encouraging, because whilst we’d love to see Ridley’s Alien universe expanded upon, throwing off the constraints of an existing franchise may well be for the best if the film is going to stand up on its own merits. However, it seems those “strands of Alien DNA” may be a little more prominent than Scott had initially been letting on…