Ridley Scott‘s prequel to the Alien franchise, Prometheus is set to release this summer on June 8th. It will be Scott’s return to the franchise he began with Alien in 1979. Since then the series has spawned multiple sequels, with one usually being the worse than the one before. I’ll make an exception for Aliens, it didn’t necessarily surpass Alien in quality but it was a successful sequel that took the aliens from frightening to terrifying and it cemented Ripley as an action hero icon.
Speaking of Ripley, we won’t see her character in Prometheus but Sigourney Weaver is claiming the premise was all her idea! Outrageous.
Fox and I disagreed on how the franchise should continue. But I’m glad it’s Ridley doing it, and I’ll be as curious as anyone, or maybe more curious, to see it. I think he took my suggestion. Fox wanted to go to Earth, and I said: ‘That’s so boring. Who wants to see aliens on earth?’ I said, ‘Go back to the planet’.
If it was initially her idea, thank you Sigourney. Had we followed the series forward and had a movie where the aliens invaded Earth I think it’d be as forgettable as just about every post-Aliens flick of the franchise.
Of course, it’s more likely Scott and Damon Lindelof knew they wanted to make a prequel from the get go, but I like the idea of Ripley having some imput. Weaver and Scott have been good friends since Alien so I wouldn’t doubt they’ve discussed it.
Where do you think the idea for a prequel originated?
Also, have you seen side-by-side comparison of the Prometheus trailer with scenes from the original Alien?
What great evidence for how similar Alien and Prometheus will be. I love it. I know Hollywood is lacking for original ideas, and everything is either a prequel, sequel or re-imagining, but Prometheus looks fantastic.
Source: Geek Tyrant