Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is only days away from being unleashed in the United States. In anticipation of the film's release, screenwriter Damon Lindelof briefly revealed the reason why fans should not expect the much awaited space thriller as a prequel to 1979's "Alien".
Speaking to New York Daily News, the "Lost" co-creator explained why the movie is a standalone despite the fact that it was initially designed as a prequel. "The problem with prequels is that they're inevitable," the writer insisted.
Lindelof added that "the ending of a prequel is the beginning of the movie [that you've previously seen] - and it's not really that exciting watching a story when you know how it's going to end." He said, "It's much cooler connecting the dots, not knowing what the picture is going to look like."
Though Lindelof insisted that "Prometheus" is a far cry from "Alien", lead actress Noomi Rapace admitted that she did see some similarities between the two sci-fi movies. "When I was filming, I didn't really think about 'Alien', but when I saw the movie later on, I could really see there were similarities," she said.
"I could really see moments in this film that are almost like puzzle pieces; there's a 'Crack!', and then all of a sudden something's gone," the 32-year-old Swedish actress continued. "That definitely reminds me of when I saw 'Alien' for the first time."
Major details of "Prometheus" are kept under very tight wraps, but it has been revealed that the story will revolve around a team of explorers who find a clue to the origin of mankind on Earth in the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must battle to save the future of the human race.
20th Century Fox will release the movie in cinemas nationwide on June 8.