Damon Lindelof believes 'Prometheus' is more than just a prequel to 'Alien' as cinemagoers can still watch it without having seen the first movie.
'Prometheus' scriptwriter Damon Lindelof thinks the film would be ''less interesting'' if it was only an 'Alien' prequel.
The film - which stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender - is set in the time before the original 1979 Sir Ridley Scott-directed picture, but Damon thinks people who have not seen 'Alien' would still be able to enjoy the film.
He said: ''Let's say I had nothing to do with this movie, and I was one of the people on the internet who was really curious about what it was, my feeling would be - and this is just me - to hear that it's a prequel, makes the movie less interesting to me than if I don't really have a clear sense of what it is.
''I anticipated that, at a certain point, the fact that we weren't openly addressing that question - or being cagey about that question - would lead to a certain degree of frustration, because that's what I would be feeling as a fan.''
Damon originally came in to re-draft Jon Spaihts original version of 'Prometheus', and while he liked it, he felt it relied too heavily on the first movie.
He said: ''I wrote maybe a four or five paragraph email saying here are all the things I love about it, I think there are some incredible set pieces here, I love the fundamental idea behind the movie, I feel like it's a cool think piece.
''But I think it's relying a bit too heavily on the Alien stuff that we've seen now five or six times in different movies. Chest-bursting and face-hugging and xenomorphs and I just feel that your idea is so strong and the characters can be made so strong that we don't need any of that stuff. We can present iterations of that stuff in different ways.''