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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Fox and the Alien

I wrote this letter sometime last year but never dated the work as it was part of a larger file. It is enough to say that it was written somewhere in the first half of 2013 and that I clearly failed to do my homework.

Dear 20th Century Fox,

Having been a lifelong fan of the Alien franchise and hearing of difficulties in the area of making a sequel to Prometheus I find need to bring some points to your attention.  I have nothing coming to me save more films in a world I have much enjoyed by doing this but that is a good enough reason.

First off, what will David and Shaw find on the Engine’s home world? A single ship would just be crushed but whatever the Engineer’s use to defend their home so it becomes clear that they either find the runes of a civilization or a civilization fending off a Xenomorphic attack.  In the case of the first we can add very little in the way of the story and in the case of the second Shaw or David must somehow be unequal capable of fighting the Xenomorphs.

Second, an expedition would certainly be sent to recover Prometheus.  Think about this, the head of a major corporation and his only hair, or her robot double, are gone. Whatever they went looking for had to be rather important or valuable. Someone is bound to come looking to raid this find or recover/ verify death/ ensure death of the company owner.

The Wayland Corporation clearly knew of the location of the ship found by the Nostromo in Alien. This would indicate that either the craft is on the world featured in Prometheus or it came from that world. As the colony destroyed by the Xenomorphs in ‘Aliens’ did not find the large buildings left by the Engineer’s it would appear as thou it came from that world and crash landed somewhere else.

In other words, friends, you have at least two movies to make. One of these will show us the Engineer home world and the other how the ship found its way to the world of Alien.

Let’s go hunting,


Richard Leland Neal


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