Was the first film just their version of The Hobbit?
Sir Ridley Scott seems to have a very specific and epic story planned for his Prometheus series. The first film was written (or, rather, written and re-written) to tell the story of doomed scientists looking for the creators of humanity called the “Engineers.”
Obviously, this all served as a loose back story for Ridley Scott’s celebrated 1979 film Alien, but there were differences in the stories that kept them apart. First and foremost, Prometheus doesn’t have any xenomorphs. It also takes place 2093, nearly 30 years before Alien. Lastly, the planet the crew of the USCSS Nostromo touches down on to find the derelict vessel is LV-426, where the Prometheus’ mission takes it to LV-223.
So, when, if ever, will these two stories actually meet? Well, according to Sir Ridley himself, in the later Prometheus sequels.
… the later sequels?
Yup. In a recent interview with FilmFutter, Scott was asked out the two stories would connect. His answer is a bit surprising:
“Yes, but it won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the ‘Alien’ franchise…
The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself. I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.”
He wants to do a trilogy of sequels?
Yup. Avatar style.
What story could three Prometheus stories tell?
At the moment, the members of the production team are the only ones who would truly know. However, we know that Scott is interested in telling the story behind the Engineers: as in who created them? Perhaps the Engineers created the Black Goo or the Xenomorphs as a way to strike back against something or someone?
Could the Engineer’s creators be the Predators?
Doubtful on several levels. In universe, the Predators don’t possess the knowledge nor the inclination to create civilizations the way the Engineers seem interested in. Furthermore, Scott really didn’t like the AVP films and wants to stay far away from the concept. We can hardly blame him, as much as we enjoy the games, books, and comics.
Will the later Prometheus sequels tie into Alien 5?
Well, we’re not sure. We’re hoping Alien 5 will come out long before we get to Prometheus 4. We’re also hoping they won’t tie together too much as the strength of the Alien films (the first three, at least), has always come from its simple plots.
As for if we’ll get Prometheus 3 and 4… we’ll have to wait to see how the second film does.