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'Prometheus' Trailer: 'Alien' Sort-of-Prequel Looks Quite a Bit Like an Actual 'Alien' Prequel

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Back when Ridley Scott was tossing around the idea of Prometheus, long before it was going by such a demigodly title, the idea was for the film to be a prequel to Alien, finally explaining why there's that so-called "space jockey" character reclining in a weird chair in the first film. At some point, though, that seemed to change, and Scott and writer Damon Lindelof repeated insisted, no no, this is definitely not an Alien prequel--it's an original film with "strands of Alien DNA" connecting it to the Alien series like an Arby's employee's thin black hair creating a tenuous link between your beef & cheddar and curly fries.

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