‘Prometheus’ writer talks ‘Alien’ links

Damon Lindelof addresses the movie's 'prequel' status

Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof has opened up about the film’s supposed links with Alien.

Director Ridley Scott returns to science fiction this summer, with the movie that takes place in the same world as his 1979 horror classic, 35 years before its events. But all involved have been wary of referring to it as a prequel.

Now Lindelof, who also wrote Lost, has explained some of that decision. He told Entertainment Weekly: “Let’s say I had nothing to do with this movie and I was one of the people on the internet who was really curious about what it was, my feeling would be – and this is just me – to hear that it’s a prequel, makes the movie less interesting to me than if I don’t really have a clear sense of what it’s about.

“I anticipated that, at a certain point, the fact that we weren’t really openly addressing that question – or being cagey about that question – would lead to a certain degree of frustration, because that’s what I would be feeling as a fan.”

Lindelof added that instead, Scott has chosen to lease the links between the films in other ways. He said: “That’s when Ridley thought that it would be cool that in the teaser he’d have the word ‘Prometheus’ reveal itself exactly the way the title ‘Alien’ revealed itself in the original trailer for Alien.

“This is him saying, ‘I’m making this choice for a very specific reason. If you want to continue asking me what this movie’s relationship is with Alien, why in God’s name do you think I would do that?'”

Prometheus is released in the UK on June 1. You can watch the trailer, with that title reveal, below.