Rumor Patrol: Will the Alien Appear in Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’?

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prometheus alien prequel Rumor Patrol: Will the Alien Appear in Ridley Scotts Prometheus?

Despite Ridley Scott’s Prometheus originally being conceived as a two-part prequel to his original Alien movie, it’s become difficult to determine whether or not the upcoming film will have ties to the iconic franchise.

Back in January, it was announced that Prometheus would be eschewing the prequel label and that the project had instead transformed into an original sci-fi story with little or no connection to established continuity. A few weeks later, the recently cast Michael Fassbender claimed that, while the film will definitely be very different from previous Alien installments, it’s “absolutely” a part of that series.

Then, just two days ago, we learned that the Space Jockey could still appear in the film. At this point, Prometheus has been referred to as a prequel, a spin-off, and a completely separate story – whose connection to the Alien series will be somewhat ambiguous. So which is it?

Well if a recent report from Bleeding Cool is to be believed, then we’ve probably just received the most compelling piece of evidence that Prometheus will feature more than just a few loose connections to Alien. One of their sources claims that the Alien xenomorphs will appear in the film – but that they’re going to look a little different than you remember them:

“Remember how the alien took on canine qualities after gestating in a dog? You may even suppose that the first film’s alien was so recognisably humanoid because it had grown in a human. The same applies here: generation by generation, the creature mutates. As Prometheus begins, the xenomorph is not too recognisable. Sure, it has that alien DNA that Scott and Fassbender teasingly referred to, but it’s missing… well, it’s missing human DNA. Or dog DNA.

All you have to do is imagine how it might look if it were to mix DNA with another alien species… and I think we’re starting to work it all out.”

The design of the Alien received minor alterations over the course of the entire series, but it was Alien 3 that was largely responsible for introducing the idea that different hosts resulted in different characteristics for the creature. Having grown inside of a dog (or an Ox depending on which version you watch), the film’s Alien was a quadruped with double jointed legs.

alien 3 xenomorph Rumor Patrol: Will the Alien Appear in Ridley Scotts Prometheus?

The redesigned xenomorph from 'Alien 3'

I always thought that was a really interesting concept and it’s somewhat disappointing that the only other exploration of that idea we’ve seen on film is the Predalien from the Alien Vs. Predator series. Regardless of how different the xenomorphs in Prometheus may ultimately look, at least we know they’re in capable hands – since H.R. Giger is helping design the film’s various creatures.

Bleeding Cool also confirms that part of Prometheus will take place on “a planet that has been terraformed to create the perfect environment in which a particular bioweapon would prosper.” Previous Alien movies have established that there’s always been a great deal of interest in turning the xenomorphs into weapons – so take from that what you will.

The source also indicates that while Prometheus is the working title, it could very well change before the film’s release. It’s starting to become more and more clear how this is (and isn’t) a prequel at the same time. While it might take place before the events of the first Alien film, it doesn’t sound like Prometheus will require any knowledge of that franchise – and could work just as well as a stand alone story.

Ridley Scott’s original Alien will always be my favorite of the entire series and I couldn’t be more excited about seeing him tackle another tale set in this universe. Breaking free from the conventions of the series, while retaining its iconography, seems like a wise decision and I can’t wait to see how this one develops.

Prometheus also stars Charlize Theron & Noomi Rapace and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

Source: Bleeding Cool.

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  1. Which ever way it goes, it’s Sir Ridley at the helm and it’s a sci-fi film. Win-Win in my book, add xenomorph and it’s tripled. Alien and Aliens are my top sci-fi flicks. Alien 3 assembly cut is good too. We can forget those darn AVP film…

    • He needs to make his mind up, is it a prequel or not!

      • It keeps flip flopping around like a politician!

      • I dont think it matters, i think it works better if you are able to define it for yourself

    • Meh. I think Ridley Scott is over-rated. The film of his that I can say I loved was ALIEN, but the series is just dead now. However, PROMETHEUS has become one of my most anticipated films of next year. Hopefully, it doens’t suck.

  2. I liked the Predalien hybrid. Not only did it hate Predators, but in one scene just before it killed a woman, it shoved a alien outta the way. Thats one thing i found interesting after seeing Alien 3 is the characteristics of other species besides humans.

    • The Predalien as envisioned by the Strause brothers made no sense. Somehow it had the ability to lay eggs despite being a drone and not a queen. If it were to turn into a queen, it would have been much larger. I preferred the Predalien from the video games because of this.

  3. did anyone eles know the joss whedon wrote alien ressurection? while its the most “mainstream style” of the franchise i thought it was the best one be cause it had an awsome ensemble cast it was an action movie with aliens with action that worked and ripley was a human alien clone. i thought it was a great additon to the franchise. and i liked the writing i hope he brings those ensemble elements to the avengers…

    • not the best one out of all the alien films. but the best one thats come after Aliens.

      • Well it was kind of a 50/50 shot. Haha

    • Yes we all noticed. Is this a joke that it was the bet? Even Whedon himself said the film was not what his screenplay was like.

      • Yeah the articles i read , said that they only used parts of his script and mostly it was picked apart and disgarded

    • Dude, You must have been born somewhere in the 90′s to say the unthinkable! EVERYTHING you mentioned about Alien Ressurection is exactly why that movie SUCKED!!! I mean are you kidding me? Do they really make Alien fans like you out there? You need to go back and revisit the first two and then understand why that 4th installment was nothing more than an immature plot, with under developed characters, sinking into the same cloning bandwagon at the time its pathetic…(I personally just couldnt believe when the Aliens started talking to each other in those 4th grade monster voices in those chamber pods the scientists had them captive in)… and NOBODY MESSES WITH THE CHARACTER OF RIPLEY!!! EVER!!!… Joss Whedon should DIE for that move!! Ripley died in the 3rd one. With honor! Human! Hero! Alien Ress needs to be erased from the Alien Archives!!!

    • Dude, You must have been born somewhere in the 90′s to say the unthinkable! EVERYTHING you mentioned about Alien Ressurection is exactly why that movie SUCKED!!! I mean are you kidding me? Do they really make Alien fans like you out there? You need to go back and revisit the first two and then understand why that 4th installment was nothing more than an immature plot, with under developed characters, sinking into the same cloning bandwagon at the time its pathetic…(I personally just couldnt believe when the Aliens started talking to each other in those 4th grade monster voices in those chamber pods the scientists had them captive in)… and NOBODY MESSES WITH THE CHARACTER OF RIPLEY!!! EVER!!!… Joss Whedon should DIE for that move!! Ripley died in the 3rd one. With honor! Human! Hero! Alien Ress needs to be erased from the Alien Archives!!!

      • @ lastdance05

        Between you & me, i only liked the first two Alien films. Despite Ripley died w/honor, i didn’t care for Alien 3 other than it was good to end the franchise. I don’t think i need to go on about Alien Ressurection but remembered & surprised of what i read about about James Cameron’s opinion of AVP. Even though he thought it would be terrible, he ended up liking it more than he thought. Same as i did when i first knew it would be PG-13 rated for one thing. But i know for sure the first two Alien films were the best.

  4. I know it would make for a dumb movie, but I kinda wanna see a bunch of Facehuggers go loose in a zoo and see what comes out.

    • that would be so cool !

  5. If I want my AVP fix, I’ll stick to the video game, the moives were bad and Worse. AVPR being Worse. lol.

    • yh no kiddin avpr was terrible

    • And sadly the Games are going downhill as well :-( I swear i went on the AVP 2 Online servers and there are if lucky over 10 people playing in the entire world :| And i didnt like AVP by Rebellion either

  6. Only thing i hated about AVP-R was its cast, except for that woman soldier. To this day i still liked the first avp film more despite its pg-13 rating. Too bad they can’t the character of Rambo into the Predator franchise,lol. He likes playin in the jungle.

  7. meant to say (use) the character of Rambo.

  8. As more news comes out (and speculations), my original feeling remains – This is going to be good. ;)

    We have some original players developing the story and effects. Not too much of the story is being hyped or leaked. It’s based on a solid franchise.

    It’ll be a winner fo sho.

  9. I like the idea of kicking the AVP series out of continuality. If this prequel shows that the aliens we see are a recent species evolution, that rubbish about predators hunting aliens from the begaining of human civilization would be rubbish. Then again, the novels also stated that preds have been hunting aliens for a long time… their favorite prey. Well, the whole series is screwed up from Resurrection anyway. :/

  10. Sounds very creative. Sounds like they are looking at this from the perspective that the alien didn’t always look like it did in Alien and Aliens, so that’s quite likely the reason why they are going about it like something entirely new.

    In my book, though, this movie smells like, quacks like, and is waddling around like a prequel.

  11. Ok, this basically completes the puzzle of Prometheus’s plot. Space Jockeys are terraforming planet’s for bioweapons (the alien xenomorph). Murphy’s Law steps in…chaos ensues. Scott and company were just trying to keep secret the details so he wouldn’t have to deal with the studio’s hand-wringing over public scrutiny.

  12. I’m not a fan of horror movies, but I did like Alien, and Aliens was alright maybe its just because they were made in the late 70′s and mid 80′s but all I can say is that this movie has definitely piqued my interest in it; and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will turn out.

  13. I like the idea of artists exploring different areas of their world and being true to the conceptual continuity they’ve already established. It doesn’t mean that another story from that world has to be a prequel, sequel or even be related. I think of Kurt Vonnegut or Evelyn Waugh in the literary world, whose characters would pop up in various books. The stories weren’t always related, it’s just that these characters inhabit their world so it’s inevitable that they might occasionally be around. In one book they may be a main character, in another they might just have a small cameo. It’s not unlike the Vega brothers in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. We never see them together, but we can imagine that these people all operate within the same area and the same circles.

    I’m wondering if this is going to be a version of the script that leaked about a year ago. Can’t say I was a big fan. The space jockeys were pretty significant, and the aliens definitely appeared in a mutated form (like the xenomorph, having come from a different hose).

  14. I agree that there isn’t a lot of experimentation (in the films) about different breeds of Alien the dubbed ‘Runner’ in alien 3 and im not so sure if the praetorian was shown in Aliens?? the Aliens at the Hive that the queen stopped from jumping Ripley??? They did look a bit different right? or was i just seeing things?

    And of course the…. (Sigh) Predalien from the -cringe- AVP movie series i.e the Teen horror flicks that should never of been created or at least created in the same timeline as the other films.

    So pleeeeeeeeeeease let this be an alien prequel or something along those lines I beg you Ridley Scott revive the Greatest series of films ever made on the planet.

    However if it’s not ill stick to my old motto “If its Ridley Scott its worth watching”.

  15. I’m a massive Alien fan and even the bloody awful AVP films cold not put me off (even though IMHO, they suck Predator balls…). I think they should’ve left the AVP idea as graphic novels and to the fans imagination, I don’t think any director in the world could ever have got those films “right”, even if they followed the plotlines of the novels down to the last letter..
    BUT I still want to see this new film/prequel. Maybe I’m just waiting for someone to get where the fans are coming from, maybe I’m a sucker for being disappointed, Hopefully I won’t be.
    And leave Gigers designs as he intends them to be, we don’t want another Alien3 cock up !!

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