Although the story of the upcoming film Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to science fiction and the series he began, is still being kept under wraps (aside from the clues given in trailers, etc.), it has been known from the beginning that it was meant to be a prequel to Alien. What is so intriguing about this project, however, is that there is nothing to suggest that the double-mouthed xenomorphs from the series will be involved in this story. If anything, Prometheus seems to be an origin story in the broadest sense possible. Not only does the story involve humans searching the far reaches of space to discover the nature of our beginning, but also the race we saw only briefly in Alien: the “Space Jockeys” that piloted the ship containing the alien eggs.
It’s valid to ask whether or not an installment in a series can be counted as an adaptation, but there is something incredibly interesting about the approach the filmmakers are taking. Most adaptations involve something along the lines of telling the same story in a different setting, but Prometheus seeks to tell a new story in the same setting from the beginning of Alien. Unfortunately, we can’t be certain until this June when Prometheus hits theaters.