I wouldnt want to put words in his mouth, but the way i saw his post was that he was suggesting the reason why its not such a direct prequel to Alien is so that a sequel to Prometheus wouldnt necessarily have to continue forwards towards the first film nor tie directly into it.
So if for arguments sake Prometheus was set 1 year before Alien, Prometheus 2 wouldnt necessarily be set 6 months before Alien and carry on leading up to that film, but could go off on a tangent establishing a parallel story to Alien if Fox wanted to continue it as a franchise.
And this makes it not a prequel, how?
All 'prequel' means is a film set in the same continuity, made after another one, but chronologically set
before it. We don't have to play weird philosophical games by decreeing over or under a certain percentage of references is what makes a prequel what it is. It only needs one deliberately and officially sanctioned
reference and to not contradict any canonical history.
Even Ridley Scott himself said the creature, as it appears today, is tired and not scary. Can it be made scary by way of a bit of a re-imagining of it? Yes. In terms of the that plot device of people running down corridors or hallways on space ships, that IS probably more worn out then the creature itself. It would have to be infused with something great to turn it on its head if a good director is going to use that formula once again.
By that logic, we will never have any films, whatsoever, which include predatory creatures or human killers. But there are always
methods of doing it well - and like I said, people rewatch the first two films all the time. If they weren't still
entertained by them, even though they know what will happen, then they wouldn't do.
But where the **** is a jockey in this picture?
There isn't. People are looking for things and making guesses.
It's known as simulacra.
It was in response to "This is Ridley fu€king Scott peeps."
I know perfectly well all the stuff Riddles cleaned up and fixed in the Final Cut - but the fact remains he had a special effect that stuck out like big hairy dog balls in the flick for 25 years. He - just like any other filmmaker - is not above the odd dodgy effect.
As the continued inability to simply cut between the fake Ash head and the Nostromo crew, to offset how jarring it is when suddenly seeing the actor's own, aptly demonstrates.
If there was one
thing that film was in need of having fixed...