Alien prequel becomes something else
Surprise and relief at the same time is how I would describe my feelings this morning as I found out after a weekend off that the Alien prequel (which definitely was once prequels) has been scrapped.
Thankfully those behind it have seen sense and there's not going to be a need to revisit the Alien franchise, instead the project has become something different and while they are all going to be working on a new science fiction film, it isn't going to be an Alien prequel.
While you could get all excited that the originals aren't going to be added to, and the potential big fall of Ridley Scott in trying to emulate his success with that first film has been avoided, there is an alarm going off in my head straight away. The studio will still want their Alien prequel.
They've seen what's happened with Predators, it wasn't a mammoth success but it's paved the way for more Predator films and put the franchise back on its own in the right direction. More importantly they've seen the excitement over the idea of an Alien prequel, the press and fans have been getting very excited online, on screen and in print. There's an appetite for it. So if the Scott prequel is gone, that doesn't mean the studio is done with it by a long shot. You mark my words.
Right now though the news is that Fox have announced there isn't going to be any Alien prequel from Ridley Scott and while Damon Lindelof and Scott have been working on the new script that it became something different.
Scott came up with the original idea for the Alien prequel (which definitely once were prequels and that was direct from them, not from the media) and Jon Spaihts took that idea and delivered a script for it. However it was while Lindelof was working on a new draft and trying to deliver something new and exciting that an original idea came up.
I'm sure I wrote about this before and it was said that they had this idea that was borne out of the development of the prequel and were going to pursue it separately, although I can't find it, I'm convinced of it. What happened is that this idea looked far more appealing than the prequel, which I think just wasn't working out on paper, and so the project has changed somewhat.
Speaking through The Hollywood Reporter, Scott said:
”While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place...The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my heart.”
Lindelof also spoke out:
”In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots...I was incredibly struck by just how original Ridley's vision was for this movie. It's daring, visceral and hopefully, the last thing anyone expects.”
There was talk about the new script looking at the idea that the Aliens were actually a tool created by another race to colonize planets, they would drop the aliens on a planet, they would exponentially breed and destroy the indigenous life, until they were the only creature left alive and then the race that bio-engineered this weapon would wipe them out allowing them to colonise the planet. The race that created them would have been the pilot we saw at the start of Alien. I wonder if this idea sparked something larger, more interesting off in their minds? Who knows, the possibilities are endless.
This new film is called Prometheus, which could be a clue, and then again it might not be, it's just a cool title. According to Wikipedia in Greek mythology Prometheus was...
...a Titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, and brother to Atlas, Epimetheus and Menoetius. He was a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with – or blamed for – playing a pivotal role in the early history of mankind.
Oooh. Now there are plenty of ideas already leaping out of that aren't there?