Prometheus (93 days, 21 hours, and counting…)

I suppose, given the visual ‘theme’ of my blog, you knew this must be coming…

Although initially billed as a ‘prequel’ to the iconic Alien Quadrilogy, Prometheus is now being considered a stand alone film independent of the series.  I really don’t know if this is mere semantics, or a bid for director Ridley Scott to maintain 100% creative control and usher in a new generation of audience for the film.  When you read the different media and news articles related to the film and it’s much awaited unveiling, the assertions can be a little confusing or misleading.  It is implied, as I said before, that Prometheus is not to be considered as part of the Alien franchise, but rather as an “original film.”  Other accounts I have read insist that the original Alien Xenomorph is still an integral part of the plot, the directors seem to infer in various statements that this will not be your usual, straight-forward slasher flick (read: isolated group of people to be violently picked off, one by one, by the antagonist until sole survivor kicks said antagonist’s ass in heroic form.) Director Ridley Scott (also of the original Alien movie- hello!) has been quoted as saying:

“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.”

As to the Xenomorph itself (possibly the nastiest individual to garner an occult following since…ever) it is said that the creatures in the film will be “large and in charge”, the result of a cross between the classic Xeno and the “Space Jockey”, the much wondered about GI-NORMOUS alien being found dead in the derelict ship of the first film.  This seems to infer a certain amount of the plot which will be in keeping with the fundamental nature of the Alien reproductive cycle.  How closely Ridley Scott et. al. will follow the tenants and characteristics of the original series remains to be seen.

In my humble opinion, he would do well to stick closely to the details, even if he wishes to change the basic plot design and make a break from the series.  He’s sort of dug in a whole, as though the film is no longer considered a prequel, that’s what it was initially billed as and that’s what fans expect and want to see.  I feel much the way about this that I feel about a band that loses its lead singer but insists on keeping the band name.  You can’t pick and choose which elements to keep and which toss when you’re playing around with a “pop-cultural staple.”  In the end, I can only speak for myself, but I think were he to deviate too much from the established coda of the original series, having already inferred an inherent similarity by the very presence of the Xenomorph as an antagonist, the net result would be some very disappointed fans.

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