But it's not going to just conform to the first three films.
You can still tell new stories within the conformity established by the original films, plenty more to explore there. Filmmakers should be asking themselves are you making an alien movie or are you not, do you actually need aliens to tell your story (prequels sure as hell didn't) or are they shoehorned in mainly for marketing/franchise milking. Unless you have an extremely plausible narrative and can mostly follow the criteria made by original films simply don't bother, again create something new instead.
So far it's not looking good, set on earth, body swap shenanigans, comedic chops - for what reason do you really need to set this in an alien universe? Or can we be satisfied by pointless fan service like, ooh looky looky there Betty, that shit's older then Ripley, that's genius!
Yep. Also stuff like old model android making Alien in cave.
Exactly, this turned out far more limiting in the end for the future films (and even more lamentably for the past films). I guess there is always possibility to make next one as if prequels never happened.
limits didn't keep all (but one) of the short films from being shit.
That's not what I meant.