by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
A lot of people shit on Prometheus, saying that director Ridley Scott teased us with what was supposed to be an Alien prequel and instead gave us a wierdly religious-feeling sci-fi flick. I liked it and remembered that he said it wouldn’t be a direct prequel to Alien but have the DNA of that universe in its system.
Well the sequel (or planned sequels in this case) to Prometheus ARE direct prequels to the beloved franchise that introduced bad-ass Ellen Ripley and some of the freakin scariest extraterrestrials in history. And fans who felt let down by the lack of slimy aliens in Prometheus will definitely dig the next chapter, Alien: Covenant.
While talking to The Wrap, Scott dropped the knowledge about which types of aliens we can expect to see in the upcoming trilogy of films:
We’ll have them all. Egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.
Prometheus gave us what could be considered “start-up” versions of these creatures, with the weird vials (egg), a giant squid-like “body-hugger” (face-hugger) and the earliest version of the traditional xenomorph that popped out of the engineer’s body.
Ridley also gave a little more detail about the plot:
They’re going to go to the planet where the engineers came from and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechanoid, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.
The director also says that he plans on making this a trilogy of films that will lead into the start of the 1979 horror classic and answer questions that fans have had for decades regarding the mythology and make-up of the universe.
I’m excited, yet apprehensive. I think the mystery makes the creepiness of Alien even scarier, like not knowing the full story behind the Space Jockey or the full origins of the xenomorphs. But this isn’t my story to tell. I can only hope that Ridley Scott wants to do right by the Alien universe and that he’s not just telling this story to make sure that no one else does.