Damon Lindelof has said that he believes Prometheus would be "less interesting" if it was just an Alien prequel.
The writer once again opened up about the Alien connection, saying that he didn't want newcomers to the series to think that they wouldn't understand what was happening in Prometheus.
"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," Lindelof told Entertainment Weekly.
"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."
Lindelof continued: "That's when [director] Ridley [Scott] thought that it would be cool that in the teaser he'd have the word Prometheus reveal itself exactly the way the title 'Alien' revealed itself in the original trailer for Alien.
"This is him saying, 'I'm making this choice for a very specific reason. If you want to continue asking me what this movie's relationship is with Alien, why in God's name do you think I would do that?'"
Prometheus is scheduled for release on June 1 in the UK and June 8 in the US.