So I posted a thing about the book Alien Vault last week, and not 10 minutes went by before there was a mention of Prometheus in the comments. Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to science fiction (a genre that, onscreen at least, he's defined as much as anyone), next year's Prometheus is remarkable for how little anyone seems to know about it—something that's pretty rare in an era of year-long advertising campaigns and lazily rehashed sequels.
For the past few years, rumors about Prometheus has been all over the map: First people thought it was a prequel, then people thought it didn't have anything to do with Alien, then people thought it was only loosely inspired by Alien, then people started thinking it was a prequel again. Now that the film is getting closer (and now that he's doing PR for his new TV show), Scott's beginning to open up and give people a little better of an idea how Prometheus will fit into one of the defining films of his career. From the Wall Street Journal:
Scott is especially excited about the story of Prometheus—you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice when he discusses the film. The screenplay was written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. “I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” Scott says. “This developed and came out extremely well.”
And then there's this:
The last eight minutes of the Prometheus story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”
So I'm going to go with, "Prometheus is something that's going to be inspired by Alien but will mostly stand on its own until its last eight minutes which will tie it pretty tightly to where Alien starts." And to back that up, I'll add that the Prometheus footage that Scott showed at Comic-Con looked really, really Alien-y, but it was also cut so fast as to prevent too many conclusions from being drawn. What I'd love for this thing to be is something that feels weird and creepy and daring and shocking and utterly self-contained, just like the first Alien. Honestly, whether it ties into the increasingly lame Alien mythos or whatever is utterly secondary to me: I just want another kickass science-fiction film from Ridley Scott. I'm glad he sounds excited about this one.