Ridley Scott's long anticipated movie 'Prometheus' - unofficially dubbed a 'prequel' to 'Alien - has scored strong reviews ahead of its release in the States on Friday (June 8, 2012). The movie stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron as a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind.

Following its early release in Europe, UK critics have lauded the film, with Kate Muir of The Times writing, "In the end, the Prometheus plot is slightly bonkers, but forgivably so, because the characters are so well drawn. And there are enough slime bursts to make Ghostbusters look timid". Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph steered clear of making rash comparisons to Scott's 1979 classic, saying, "While it lacks Alien's ferocious simplicity and focus, Scott's determination to see his often loopy ideas through gives his film a single-minded vigour rarely found in pictures of this scale", while David Sexton of This Is London echoed the comments, writing, "Prometheus is a great ride - best taken without too much foreknowledge, by the way". The movie should top the US box office this weekend, and is expected to prove hugely lucrative for 20th Century Fox, who will no doubt be pushing for a sequel. However, during a chat with the Hollywood Reporter, writer Damon Lindelof warned fans that a second film is not yet on the cards, saying, "I said to him (Ridley Scott), 'We should be prepared for people to feel frustrated if we're going to be withholding, so we have to be very careful about what we're saving for later', because it's not a foregone conclusion that there are going to be sequels".

Lindelof did reveal that - should there be a sequel - it would likely be called 'Paradise', which was the original working title for Prometheus.