Writer Damon Lindelof has spoken up about just how director Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi
fits into the
Originally pitched as a prequel to the first
changed when Lindelof was brought in to perform a rewrite on the script.
“It started as an
prequel,” Lindelof explains. “That is what everybody wanted it to be. Obviously, Ridley Scott has not made a science fiction movie in 25 years, since
, so the idea that he’s returning to this genre is huge.
“But there is a real issue which is - what is the state of the
franchise at this point in our lives? There has been
Alien Vs Predator
and all these things, and it has been completely and totally diluted.”
How to fix that? Well, go back to the very beginning and tell a completely different story.
“I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies,” Lindelof says. “You can do movies which take place before
, 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 precede 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.”
stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, and opens 1 June 2012.