At this point it's unclear what to think about Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS. Is it a prequel to ALIEN, is it set in the ALIEN universe, what exactly is the story... no one is quite sure. I've pretty much decided that it's a prequel to ALIEN, but I think Scott is approaching it in a way that we shouldn't have any preconceived notions about the film because it's a prequel. I think Scott and the writers want it to be far enough removed so that we can look for signifiers to the original films but the film itself isn't beholden to the events in those films.
Brendon Connelly of Bleeding Cool, according to this article, did seem to land a key bit of information, from an unnamed source on the project - the xenomorph will appear in some form, although it may not look anything like the Aliens of the original series. To quote the article:
"Remember how the alien took on canine qualities after gestating in a dog? You may even suppose that the first film’s alien was so recognisably humanoid because it had grown in a human. The same applies here: generation by generation, the creature mutates. As Prometheus begins, the xenomorph is not too recognisable. Sure, it has that alien DNA that Scott and Fassbender teasingly referred to, but it’s missing… well, it’s missing human DNA. Or dog DNA."
The article also talks about how terraforming plays a part in the storyline. Click above to read it.
It doesn't bother me anymore that PROMETHEUS is a prequel to ALIEN. I think Ridley Scott is going somewhere unique this time, and if anyone's going to make an ALIEN movie, even by another name and another theme, it's Ridley Scott and company. He's earned our trust. I'm seriously thinking of not following any more coverage of this film, simply because I want to be surprised by what Scott dishes out.
PROMETHEUS opens June 8, 2012.