Damon Lindelof on Why Prometheus isn't a Direct Prequel to Alien
We've been told that Prometheus is not a direct prequel to Alien, and Ridley Scott does not intend it to tie directly to his sci-fi classic until the fourth or fifth Prometheus film.
Clearly, it's intended as its own thing, but it still very much exists in that Alien universe. It hasn't quite worked out so far, based off of the first Prometheus film. It's all a little ambiguous and flimsy.
Damon Lindelof, producer and writer for the film, explains that the original script for Prometheus by Jon Spaihts had "a lot of really great ideas" but that it read like an Alien reboot.
"there's something I don't like about prequels, which is there's an inevitability, that you're just connecting dots."
This is certainly true in some cases. While prequels can work, they often tend to retread ground that may have or should have been cleverly written into the original films' backstory (if needed at all, that is).
Lindelof explains how he took some of the interesting aspects of Spaihts' script and expanded on it: "there's this kind of religious spirit, a pseudo-spiritual thing told in scientific language...(and) there was a robot along for the ride...named David."
He explains that great sci-fi is about humans learning not to cross the line, that there are questions we should not answer. So by that logic, he's basically saying that it has to be new and different within those proven parameters.
Whether Prometheus pulled all of this off is questionable. It certainly opened with some curious implications, though it felt like something I'd seen before by the time the credits rolled.
The sequel to Prometheus begins production in the coming months.