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Damon Lindelof talks at length about Prometheus and how it connects to Alien

Jun. 28, 2011by: Paul Tassi

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS is how exactly it's going to connect to his original ALIEN series. The film was originally meant to be a straight prequel, but it became a standalone story with only a few connecting fibers.

Lost's Damon Lindelof had a crack and the script, and talking on the Kevin Pollack Chat Show, had a lot to say about PROMETHUES and prequels in general. It's a wall of text, but an interesting read. 

"It started as an Alien prequel. That is what everybody wanted it to be. Obviously,Ridley Scott has not made a science fiction movie in 25 years, since Blade Runner, 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 Alien franchise at this point in our lives? There has been Alien vs. Predator and all these things, and its been completely and totally diluted. 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.

And truth be told, it wasn’t script doctoring in the strictest sense because the draft that existed before I came on was written by this guy named Jon Spaihts and it was very good. And there were a lot of things in the movie, Prometheus, which were Jon Spaihts and I feel like somewhere in the media reconstruction of this story, the tale is that I come in, I pitch an entirely new story, and its so original that everything else gets thrown out and that’s what we’re doing. In my brain, that’s not exactly what happened. But I also do feel that this movie is the movie I would want to see as a fanboy, take place in that Alien universe, which precedes the events of the original Alien, but is not necessarily burdened by all the tropes of that franchise with Facehuggers and Chestbursters, and all that stuff that I love… but its sorta like, we’ve seen it before, can we do something different this time? And thats the movie that Ridley wanted to make. And when you’re working with an auteur, you basically just shut your mouth and listen and try to transcribe and channel the vision of that person, and get out of the way."

Very interesting, and I particularly appreciate his point about Star Wars, and not needing to know the end the whole time, which is a problem in practically every prequel released. I am excited for this film, and I hope that Ridley Scott returning to sci-fi will be the comeback he needs. He's made decent films recently, but no real great ones, and I hope PROMETHEUS can fill that role.

Watch the entire two and a half hour interview here:

Extra Tidbit: Interestingly enough, through all its many flashbacks, I think Lindelof's Lost did a pretty good job integrating a sort of prequel into the entire show.
Source: Slashfilm

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4:10PM on 06/28/2011
Just relish, for a moment, that Ridley Scott is making an original science fiction film, with a top-flight cast, and we as ravenous fanboys know next to nothing about it.

My anticipation for this movie is through the roof.
Just relish, for a moment, that Ridley Scott is making an original science fiction film, with a top-flight cast, and we as ravenous fanboys know next to nothing about it.

My anticipation for this movie is through the roof.
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3:11PM on 06/28/2011
Many Kudos for his comments on Star Wars, he's so right they were so dull and boring and the outcome was never in doubt. Should have done Knights of the Republic material and left Skywalkers alone.
Many Kudos for his comments on Star Wars, he's so right they were so dull and boring and the outcome was never in doubt. Should have done Knights of the Republic material and left Skywalkers alone.
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3:02PM on 06/28/2011
Cool! I hope it's gonna be one of the SciFi-Movies that I always want to get out of my movie shell to watch it again and again.
Cool! I hope it's gonna be one of the SciFi-Movies that I always want to get out of my movie shell to watch it again and again.
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2:21PM on 06/29/2011
I completely disagree with what he has to say about Star Wars. The fall to the dark side of Darth Vader was a very interesting story that I was very curious about.

Sure, the movies turned out to be very disappointing, but the whole idea behind them was clearly a good one.

Not sure about Prometheus, I like Scott, but also think Lindelof is very overrated (I dug Lost, but not because of his writing)
I completely disagree with what he has to say about Star Wars. The fall to the dark side of Darth Vader was a very interesting story that I was very curious about.

Sure, the movies turned out to be very disappointing, but the whole idea behind them was clearly a good one.

Not sure about Prometheus, I like Scott, but also think Lindelof is very overrated (I dug Lost, but not because of his writing)
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9:58AM on 06/29/2011

Thrilled?

I was thrilled about this until I saw Lindelof's name attached. Scott is my favorite director, so lets hope he can undo the damage.
I was thrilled about this until I saw Lindelof's name attached. Scott is my favorite director, so lets hope he can undo the damage.
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9:09AM on 06/29/2011

Give It a Shot

First off, I absolutely loved LOST, including the end. I'm making that clear. I don't feel cheated in the least bit, but whether you did or didn't feel that way, we're talking about something that's 2 hours versus something that's 120 hours. Worst case, you hate it. Oh, well, but everything post-Cameron's sucked. Part three, Resurrection and all those vs. Predator films sucked bad. If anything, we have a new approach and we have Ridley Scott again, so I'm game.
First off, I absolutely loved LOST, including the end. I'm making that clear. I don't feel cheated in the least bit, but whether you did or didn't feel that way, we're talking about something that's 2 hours versus something that's 120 hours. Worst case, you hate it. Oh, well, but everything post-Cameron's sucked. Part three, Resurrection and all those vs. Predator films sucked bad. If anything, we have a new approach and we have Ridley Scott again, so I'm game.
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8:54AM on 07/01/2011
i agree with every single point made on here. very well put.
i agree with every single point made on here. very well put.
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10:17PM on 06/29/2011

Great interview!!!

It was a better 3 hours spent than the last time i went to go see a movie. So much info surrounded by some good laughs.
It was a better 3 hours spent than the last time i went to go see a movie. So much info surrounded by some good laughs.
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12:13PM on 06/29/2011
Brill I am just so happy the bs surrounding the movie is now cleared up and i just wanna see the movie
Brill I am just so happy the bs surrounding the movie is now cleared up and i just wanna see the movie
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7:20PM on 06/28/2011
Damon forgets that sometimes a film is more about the journey than the destination, as is the case with the SW prequels (and his show Lost). Besides, everyone already knew vader was Luke's father. Who's having the secret spoiled by the prequels? Future generations? Just show them the original trilogy first, problem solved.
Damon forgets that sometimes a film is more about the journey than the destination, as is the case with the SW prequels (and his show Lost). Besides, everyone already knew vader was Luke's father. Who's having the secret spoiled by the prequels? Future generations? Just show them the original trilogy first, problem solved.
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4:39PM on 06/28/2011
I'm with Moviefreak, I seriously cannot trust this guy post Lost. If J.J. hadn't moved on and did Star Trek, Super 8 and Fringe his name would be persona non grata with me as well. I'd like to have faith in a new Alien movie but there hasn't been an excellent one since Cameron's Aliens. As a geek and a film fan I'm obligated to watch this but I don't really see it being good and Lindeloff's name on it does nothing for me other than make me more skeptical.
I'm with Moviefreak, I seriously cannot trust this guy post Lost. If J.J. hadn't moved on and did Star Trek, Super 8 and Fringe his name would be persona non grata with me as well. I'd like to have faith in a new Alien movie but there hasn't been an excellent one since Cameron's Aliens. As a geek and a film fan I'm obligated to watch this but I don't really see it being good and Lindeloff's name on it does nothing for me other than make me more skeptical.
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7:22PM on 06/28/2011
J.J. Abrams basically had nothing to do with the show after the first half of season one. He gave the show to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and let them make all the decisions. Therefore, even without Star Trek, Super 8 and Fringe, he doesn't deserve the blame for what happened to Lost. Lindelof, however, earns all the backlash he receives.
J.J. Abrams basically had nothing to do with the show after the first half of season one. He gave the show to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and let them make all the decisions. Therefore, even without Star Trek, Super 8 and Fringe, he doesn't deserve the blame for what happened to Lost. Lindelof, however, earns all the backlash he receives.
3:30PM on 06/28/2011

It's Amazing To Me

I just can't respect this man's opinion after the Lost debacle. That was undoubtedly the best example of baiting an audience into thinking one thing and then completely going against that and offering no explanation or satisfying conclusion to hundreds of connected character driven storylines. I'm no fan of the Star Wars prequels, but I think he's forgetting that on paper, those prequels were supposed to be an examination of a person being overtaken by the evil side of his psyche. Granted,
I just can't respect this man's opinion after the Lost debacle. That was undoubtedly the best example of baiting an audience into thinking one thing and then completely going against that and offering no explanation or satisfying conclusion to hundreds of connected character driven storylines. I'm no fan of the Star Wars prequels, but I think he's forgetting that on paper, those prequels were supposed to be an examination of a person being overtaken by the evil side of his psyche. Granted, the films didn't quite do that the way they should have, but at least Lucas HAD AN END IN MIND, something Lindelof doesn't seem too concerned with based on his Lost work. He can talk a fair game but I still am apprehensive about anything with his name on it.
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3:54PM on 06/28/2011
There was plenty of explanation on LOST. Sure not all the questions were outright answered but if you used your brain a little and connected the dots and filled in a few blanks with your own imagination you can almost every answer to every question. Just because they didn't spoon feed you the answers doesn't make it a debacle. You would have rather they just went down a list and answered everything? Part of the fun of that show was figuring answers out for yourself. Plus if they did answer
There was plenty of explanation on LOST. Sure not all the questions were outright answered but if you used your brain a little and connected the dots and filled in a few blanks with your own imagination you can almost every answer to every question. Just because they didn't spoon feed you the answers doesn't make it a debacle. You would have rather they just went down a list and answered everything? Part of the fun of that show was figuring answers out for yourself. Plus if they did answer everything, there is no way everyone would be satisfied. Therefore its better they leave it up to you to answer some things.
4:03PM on 06/28/2011
I agree with majorkonig, the answers were there but just required you to think. To appease those that were still bitching, even more questions were answered in the epilogue.
I agree with majorkonig, the answers were there but just required you to think. To appease those that were still bitching, even more questions were answered in the epilogue.
4:22PM on 06/28/2011
More specifically, the answers were there, they were just retarded. You can knock him for giving us a shitty explanation of the island and all that, but you *can't* knock him for not pulling it all together. That definitely happened. The show might have sucked at the end, but it was no X-Files.
More specifically, the answers were there, they were just retarded. You can knock him for giving us a shitty explanation of the island and all that, but you *can't* knock him for not pulling it all together. That definitely happened. The show might have sucked at the end, but it was no X-Files.
4:41PM on 06/28/2011
You are not wrong, sir! And you're the only smart person to post in this thread.
You are not wrong, sir! And you're the only smart person to post in this thread.
6:43PM on 06/28/2011
Lost was a great ending. So they never said what the island was.. Deal with it. I loved how they ended each character's story perfectly.
Lost was a great ending. So they never said what the island was.. Deal with it. I loved how they ended each character's story perfectly.
9:49AM on 06/29/2011
I'm with you MovieFreak.

To those that say I can make up all the answers, I say I shouldn't have to. Yes, my version of the Matrix Unloaded and of Lost is better than what was released, but its not canon and I didn't get paid for it. You get paid as a writer to deliver on a promise. The Lost creators failed to do that IMHO.

To avoid getting into a rant, I refer you to this:

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I'm with you MovieFreak.

To those that say I can make up all the answers, I say I shouldn't have to. Yes, my version of the Matrix Unloaded and of Lost is better than what was released, but its not canon and I didn't get paid for it. You get paid as a writer to deliver on a promise. The Lost creators failed to do that IMHO.

To avoid getting into a rant, I refer you to this:

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8:01AM on 06/30/2011
@Rouge428-Couldn't have said it better myself.
@Rouge428-Couldn't have said it better myself.
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