– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It seems like we get some new “Alien”/”Prometheus” news every other day nowadays. Months back, we heard that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an “Alien 5″ movie (one that disregarded the existence of”Alien 3” and “Alien: Resurrection”), and that Ridley Scott would be working on a “Prometheus 2.” Some time after that, Scott revealed that “Prometheus 2” would actually be an “Alien” movie, and that Blomkamp’s film has been delayed indefinitely. Despite the original “Prometheus” only sharing the DNA and world with the original “Alien” film, Scott now seems oddly adamant at linking the two franchises together.

In a conference in Sydney, Scott delved further into his plans with the franchise, and explains his inspirations for “Prometheus” and how the whole thing will eventually tie together (via THR).

“’Prometheus 1′ was born out of my frustration that on ‘Alien 1’ in 1979 — I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the three that followed  that no one asked the question: ‘Why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of ‘Prometheus 1,’ which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”

“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one, which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.”

“So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”

Those who had an insurmountable amount of frustration coming out of “Prometheus” may finally get what they want. While prior to the release of “Prometheus,” Scott was insistent that the film only share the DNA of the original film, it sure seemed like he was trying to make some connections, but never really committed to the idea.  I very clearly remember sitting in theaters, and upon seeing the Space Jockey, thinking, “Oh, so that’s how…no, no, I guess not,” as things progressed in the film. It was almost as if Scott was purposely messing with fans’ expectations, giving them potential connections before snatching them away.

From the sounds of it, he seems like he’s finally ready to make those connections, and what’s more, he’s confirmed two more films after “Alien: Covenant.” This is plenty of opportunity to make up for all the dead ends in “Prometheus.”

One potentially disappointing revealed detail is that Noomi Rapace’s character will only have a brief appearance in “Alien: Covenant.” Whether or not this means she’ll be killed off, or that she’ll simply move on, is up in the air. Considering all that she went through in “Prometheus,” I am a bit underwhelmed that we won’t get to see her journey for the answers she went to look for at the end of the last film, though, I hope Scott gives us a worthy successor. At the very least, Michel Fassbender is set to return in full, and given that his character was the main driver of the last film, it’s not a bad move on Scott’s part.

Does this news change your opinion on “Prometheus?” Are you looking forward to “Alien: Covenant” and the films that will follow? Let us know your comments down below!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.