Again, I don't think it is clear that Prometheus isn't the prequel itself. On the main page of ComingSoon.net for this story, it says "Ridley Scott's Prometheus Coming March 9, 2012! Noomi Rapace will star in the Alien follow-up."
So is it that the prequel has been scrapped? Or is it that the prequel was so different from the original serious that they are calling it Prometheus instead of "Alien: [insert subtitle]."
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But we do know why. Because during the creative process they came up with an idea that they think is promising but that doesn't fit into Alien continuity / mythos, so they decided to develop a new IP instead. It is the same thing that happened when Capcom was originally making Resident Evil 4, and the end product turned out to be Devil May Cry.
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Scott/Lindelof started off working on the Alien prequel, but the project turned into this (aka Prometheus), which is NOT a part of the Alien franchise. Noomi Rapace is starring in Prometheus, which originally started as the Alien prequel.
So yeah, Prometheus isn't the prequel, it's a standalone, original flick. Ridley said something like "strands of the Alien DNA will be seen in this film." Meaning that in Prometheus we'll be able to see similarities to the Alien franchise (because this movie started as an Alien prequel), despite it being a separate thing.
I am on the fence after some thought. Yes its great for Rid to come back to sci-fi after all these years. But I love Alien, however I dont want them to explain where they come from etc... Its best that the Aliens are left as an mystery for their origin.
It was on ep daily today that the alien prequel is no more. And is now called promethius as stated above. And takes place in a new universe! So nothing related to alien
Oh well if they were smart they would do a reboot starting after aliens and turf alien 3 and 4
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