Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Over the past several months, much has been made about the connections between Ridley Scott‘s original 1979 Alien and his 2012, 3D follow-up Prometheus. Seemingly every person involved with the film has a different take on the link between the two. It’s a direct prequel, but not really. It has Alien DNA, but only kind of. For a while, it seemed like every week we had conflicting reports on how one film relates to the other. And now the plot thickens.
Ridley Scott reportedly spoke to a Hungarian website and revealed the name of the character Guy Pearce will play in the film. The quote says that character is the only link between the movies. The quote, if true, is quite revealing. Unfortunately, its validity is being called into question. So, with a general Spoiler Alert, you can read it below.
Scott’s quote comes from IC Press via the the site Mozinezo.hu (thanks to AVP Galaxy and Latino Review). However, one Twitter follower says the site never even spoke to Scott because they got the info from IC Press. That said, we aren’t sure if that invalides the quote or not. It’s all a little confusing and we’ve contacted Fox to get to the bottom of it.
So, for now, take the following quote with a grain of salt. It that could either be from the mouth of the man himself, or possibly the invention of a fan. Here it is:
When the first ‘Alien’ movie and ‘Blade Runner’ were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in ‘Blade Runner’, and Weyland-Yutani in ‘Alien’. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.
The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.
So, for now, let’s just assume this rumor is true and that Pierce’s character is one of the founders of the company that eventually dispatches the Nostromo in Alien. That would be a good link from a screenwriting perspective, but it could be construed as conflicting to what we’ve already learned about Weyland-Yutani from Alien vs. Predator. Not that I’d expect Scott or screenwriter Damon Lindelof to take that as canon but Lindelof would certainly be aware of it.
What’s also kind of inquisitive is Scott saying it’s “a new world” filled with “new monsters.” Is he referring to whatever the Space Jockey is? Or have we really had the wool pulled over our eyes the entire time?
No matter what the answers are to any of those questions, I think we can all get collectively excited when we realized Prometheus, scheduled for release June 8, is less than four months away.