While the sci-fi and horror communities are quick to embrace the first two films in the Alien series, people were far more polarized by Prometheus, the 2012 sci-fi/thriller directed by Ridley Scott that took place in the same cinematic universe. That’s where Job Willins comes in.
Willins introduces Derelict, a 2 1/2 hour black & white experiment that splices together both Prometheus with Alien into one film. It’s actually an important edit for super fans (more on that in a second).
“Derelict is an editing project for academic purposes,” explains Willins. “Prometheus wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative structure. The goal was to assemble the material to emphasize the strengths of Prometheus as well as its ties to Alien.”
Now, if you recall, Bloody Disgusting originally scooped the plot to Prometheus during the first week of filming. What was originally planned for the finale was to have Prometheus pass the baton to Alien in that, the ship that crashes at the end, is the same ship that the crew of the Nostromo explore in Alien (it was to be the same Space Jockey that leaves to destroy Earth). Being greedy, Fox, the writers and Scott changed Prometheus so that it took place on a different planet, thus making the crashed ship a different one. What was once a brilliant “bridge” between two great films was removed, thus breaking Prometheus off so it could become an unnecessary trilogy…
Willins imagines this original intension, only in black & white.
“Derelict is also in black & white to better marry the visual quality of the two originals (and also because both films look great in black & white),” he explains. “Roughly 30 minutes has been cut from Prometheus and about an hour of Alien has been used in its place. Some content from the deleted scenes of Prometheus was also used.”
You can marvel at the full film below. I’ve watched most of it, and it’s quite spectacular.