When “Alien” first arrived, it was a simple sci-fi horror that had visual pizzazz and was executed with technical virtuosity. Seven years later came the sequel, “Aliens,” which was bigger — James Cameron sized, in fact — and while not quite better, retained the essential core that made Ridley Scott‘s original offering so thrilling. After that, the franchise entered a downward tumble from which it has never quite recovered. When Scott returned to the series and to sci-fi with “Prometheus,” it was promised to be a prequel to “Alien,” but it wasn’t really except for some slight references here and there. And it looks like “Prometheus” is turning into its own monster, one that won’t connect to “Alien” for a while yet.
Doing the rounds for “The Martian,” the director recently spoke to German site FilmFutter and revealed “Prometheus” has its own story to tell before it eventually ties into the movie that started it all. “…it won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the ‘Alien’ franchise,” he said. Hoo boy. I guess that search for the Engineers will take a bit longer than expected.
“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. I always thought of the Alien as a kind of 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,” Scott added.
However, here’s something that should’ve been asked before even “Prometheus” went into production: are these the questions the audience want answered? Does any of this serve the betterment of the franchise? Does adding in Neill Blomkamp‘s developing movie — which more or less ignores “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection” and muddy the waters further? Scott seems to believe he’s building a worthy mythology, but let’s hope he can actually deliver because otherwise, he’s in danger of mangling one of his greatest legacies. [via Cinema Blend]