We can only guess about the relationship between 'Alien' and 'Prometheus."

All sci-fi fans have been patiently awaiting Ridley Scott’s return to his classic ‘Alien’. Now, After a great deal of secrecy and rampant speculation, it came to light that next year’s ‘Prometheus’ movie would be a prequel to the sci-fi horror…sort of.

A soon to be published Empire article gives some more insight into the mysterious film, which is being co-written by Damon Lindelof (‘Lost’). “Alien felt epic, but this one is Epic“, says the director.

The article goes on to say that while ‘Alien’ was about the survival of one member of a spaceship crew, that ‘Prometheus’ will be more about the survival of mankind. The cast has spoken about the scale of the sets and–if reports are accurate–we will get the background of the famous “space jockey” seen in the 1979 film.

The exact nature of the film, starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, remains a tantalizing mystery. We know that it will be epic in scope and while we will recognize the H.R. Giger aesthetic, the audience shouldn’t expect anything too familiar until the final eight minutes of the movie.

While Scott has never yet committed to making a straightforward ‘Alien’ prequel, he has tacitly admitted that will be what ‘Prometheus’ is. It is difficult to imagine such a hyped film not including the famous xenomorph at all. Perhaps that’s what the director meant by another quote from the article: “Oh there’s a lot more to it…I’ve locked up all the sweet stuff…”

Secrecy has to worked to the benefit of Chrisopher Nolan’s Batman movies and with one of the most popular sci-fi creatures of the time, fans are sure to turn out in droves to see the true nature of this film, set some thirty years before Ripley’s first encounter with her iconic nemesis.

Are you excited for this film? Will you be disappointed if the alien doesn’t make an appearance? Let us know!

And if you would like to read the full Empire article transcript click over to AlienPrequelNews.com.