Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was originally meant as a one-shot prequel to his 1979 Alien – at least until Damon Lindelof got his hands on the screenplay and butchered the synergy.
Now, Scott is pushing the envelope as far at the edge of the universe, planning as many as three sequels to the Noomi Rapace-starrer that is slowly unveiling the origins of the Xenomorphs and the Engineers behind them.
Funny enough, in an interview with German website FilmFutter, Scott confirms that Prometheus does in fact connect with Alien, only not in the next sequel*.
“It won’t be in the next one,” explained Scott. “It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise…
“The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself,” he added. “I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.”
*Now, for those of you who have been on board since day one, you’ll remember that we broke news (via an on-set tipster) that the end of Prometheus was originally set to connect directly to Alien in that the ship that crashes is the exact same ship Ellen Ripley and her crew discover in Scott’s first film. Prometheus was changed to a different planet, thus expanding the universe and pushing the connection to the end of the third of a planned trilogy.
Now, Scott is eluding to plans of a fourth film – but who knows if the Neill Blomkamp Alien sequel is somehow part of this timeline.
Whatever the case may be, could this be too much backstory and information? Does knowing more retroactively hurt Alien? I guess time will tell. Too bad nobody in space will be able to hear me scream in anger if it does…