Our friends at Deadline got the exlusive story earlier today. Ridley Scott had the following to say:
“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.”
Here’s the thing: I’m all for new IP’s. They force away the rancid, stagnant pond water from the pool of ideas with a stream of creativity. They allow creators to continuously sharpen their skills in fresh and new ways.
But WHY, WHY, WHY was Alien the one that had to be sacrificed on the altar of this newfound god of creativity? How can we be getting a Pirates 4, 5, and 6, but I don’t get my Ridley Scott-directed Alien prequel? The board game Battleship is becoming a movie! They’re making a movie based on the arcade game, “Asteroid!” Why couldn’t it be the blood of these films that was sacrificed to slake the thirst of this foul creative deity? WHY?
Ok, ok … I think I’m better now. I can’t be too upset. Despite how repugnant the idea of giving a late-term abortion to my most anticipated film of the decade is (oh, and it is repugnant), the idea of a new sci-fi universe from the mind of Ridley Scott is an exciting prospect. If Scott’s good at one thing, it’s world-building. Look at Blade Runner or Gladiator (or Alien … ahem). These are films with fully realized, fully believable worlds. Anything that’s got a creator of this caliber this excited can only mean good things for audiences. The new film, “Prometheus,” even has its lead role already picked out in Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some sackcloth and ashes to put on.
*Walks away singing Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” replacing the words “Norma Jean” with “Alien Prequel.”*