The genesis of Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus was of much discussion over the past few months. Originally intended to be a direct prequel to the Alien series it eventually evolved into it’s own film. Damon Lindelof was a recent guest on the Kevin Pollack Chat Show and he went into detail as to how he became involved with the film, it’s evolution as well as having some choice words to say about a the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
“I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies. And the sequels to those prequels should not be the movie which already exists because, with all due respect to anyone who makes a prequel, but why would you ruin the greatest twist in the history of cinema, “Luke, I am your father”, by showing me three movies which basically spoil that surprise. You can do movies which take place before Star Wars, but I don’t need to see the story of the Skywalker clan. Show me something else which I can’t guess the possible outcome of. There is no suspense in inevitability. So a true prequel should essentially proceed the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters , have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world. That was my fundamental feeling about what this movie wanted to be.”
Lindelof brings up an valid point with the major flaw of the Star Wars prequels. Where as those films are viewed by many to be essential to the Star Wars universe, Prometheus seems to live more in the Aliens extended universe. Alien is over 30 years old at this point and the genre has evolved. It’s a smart move to make it disconnected enough to allow it to differentiate itself from other sci-fi films.
I have always been a fan of the Alien universe, and although the franchise has been diluted due to a lackluster fourth entry as well as the spinoff Alien vs. Predator films I am looking forward to taking another trip into that world.
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Written by Levi Neuland (@welovecult)
Some came into this world with a silver spoon, Levi came out wielding a rusty machete. Born and raised in Western New York state he spent most of his cold winters huddled inside watching bizarre and inappropriate movies for a seven-year-old. More »
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