Will Prometheus still feature Aliens? After being salvaged from the supposedly-canned Alien prequel project, Ridley Scott's Prometheus continues to baffle the Internet rumor mills regarding exactly what it will become. According to a report from Sky, their "exclusive sources" tell them that despite earlier reports, Prometheus will indeed take place in the same universe in which the iconic, vicious, acidic-sanguinary Xenomorph Aliens roam. While it was believed that Prometheus would emerge as a re-contextualized version of the original Alien prequel script penned by Lost mastermind Damon Lindelof, the report alleges that there will, in fact, be Aliens-a-plenty in the film. The film, which has its sights locked on Noomi Rapace as main character, Elizabeth Shaw, has recently confirmed rumors that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 300) will join the cast to play a Bishop-like Android character. So, will we get a straight story about what this thing will be anytime in the near future?
According to Sky's sources:
"Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently." Also: "They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien."
In the initial announcement of the Alien prequel's metamorphosis into Prometheus, Ridley Scott made the comment that "keen fans" would recognize what he referred to as "strands of Alien’s DNA” in the film. The comment seemed designed to assure fans of the Alien films that it would maintain their spirit. However, if the news from Sky's sources turns out to be accurate, then Scott may have made literal comments that were misconstrued as figurative. Their report indicates that Alien DNA will play quite a role in the film.
"Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I’ve heard that some sort of archaeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world. I’ve also heard Morocco is being used for alien planet landscapes so I’m not sure if it’s an archaeological dig on another planet."
This is indeed an odd situation. We were never really given a clear reason for the supposed demise of the Alien prequel project and it was generally assumed that the issues of money and artistic direction that surrounded the infamously contentious relationship between Scott and Fox Studio was the culprit. Now, it could very well be that the prequel project may have simply got a new coat of paint (in other words, just a title.)
However, what may put some doubts into the validity of this report, may be the comments made by Damon Lindelof upon the Prometheus announcement. It essentially complimented the originality of Scott's project, while decrying the array of "prequels, sequels, and reboots." While it may have been a declaration of how this "prequel" would manage to transcend all the tired gimmicks we've been seeing in similar brand revival attempts, it still sounded like it was in the context of complete liberation from the Alien franchise. Additionally, in Ridley Scott's "DNA" comment, he made reference to what he described as a "new, grand mythology and universe."
It is a possibility, therefore, that all of these details from the report could be accurate, but dated. So, for now, I'd more likely put this tidbit in the "grain of salt" file.
What do you think of the possibility of Prometheus still having direct connection to the Alien franchise? Is it a good thing? Or should it just cut all ties, already?