‘Alien’ and ‘Prometheus’ Mashup ‘Derelict’ Is a Big Improvement on Ridley Scott’s Prequel
One Alien fan with a lot of time on his hands decided that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus needed improvement — so that’s just what he did. Desaturating both Alien and Prometheus to black and white, film student Job Willins edited the two films into one better version of Prometheus, which may address some of the complaints many fans had with Scott’s semi-prequel.
Although Scott has said Prometheus is a very loose Alien prequel, all signs would point to it serving as a more direct prequel than the director would care to admit (specifically, the final scenes in the film). Audiences — and Alien fans in particular — took issue with some of the choices Scott made in Prometheus, which centers on a group of 21st century explorers who follow a star map to discover the origins of humanity, and instead find the evolution of something far more sinister.
Willins decided to remove portions of Prometheus and replace them with portions of Alien, making for a more enjoyable experience. Willins explains:
‘Derelict’ is in black & white to better marry the visual quality of the two originals (and also because both films look great in black & white). Roughly 30 minutes has been cut from Prometheus and about an hour of Alien has been used in its place. Some content from the deleted scenes of Prometheus was also used.
The black and white presentation of the fan-edit could use some work in terms of brightness and contrast, but desaturating both films seems to have been the easiest way to edit them together as seamlessly as possible.
Minor aesthetic quibbles aside, if you’ve got a couple of hours to kill today and you’re a fan of Alien (or Prometheus — I know a few of you exist out there), Derelict is worth your time.
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