Director Ridley Scott Discusses The Connection Between Prometheus and Alien; Trailer Preview Released
12.19.11 by Ryan
There was a time when director Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus was simply called the Alien Prequel, with Scott revealing in October of 2009 that the movie would take place "thirty years prior" to the events of his 1979 classic Alien. By April of 2010, Scott said that the prequel, then being written solely by John Spaihts, would be about "terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life" and would concentrate on the "Space Jockey" creature found by Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt) in the early part of Alien.
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost) took over scripting duties in July of 2010, and the results led Scott to declare in January that the prequel had "evolved" beyond the Alien franchise and retitled the movie Prometheus. Scott declared that the new script had "a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place" though he admitted that Alien fans "will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak."
In a recent interview with Filmophilia, Scott again claimed that Prometheus is "not" an Alien movie, and clarified his comments about the movie having "strands of Alien DNA."
I mean, you could actually say, and there’s a quote I did, a pretty good quote: By the end of the third act you start to realize there’s a DNA of the very first alien, but none of the subsequent aliens. To tell you what that is is a pity, and I’m not going to tell you, because it’s actually pretty good, pretty organic to the process and to the original. But we go back, we don’t go forward.
Scott did say that Prometheus will still deal with the "Space Jockey" creatures, another recognizable Alien element.
Yeah, so there you have that. I was always amazed that, I mean, I’ve only done two science-fiction [movies], but I was always amazed that no one asked who the hell the Space Jockey was. He wasn’t even called the Space Jockey. During the film [Alien] they started to call it the Space Jockey. I don’t know who started that one off. I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, well, there’s a story! And the other four [Alien movies] missed it! So, here it is.
However, for those hoping that Prometheus will deal with the classic Alien xenomorph, Scott has some bad news for you.
No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He [the xenomorph] did very well. [He laughs] He survived, he’s now in Disneyland in Orlando, and no way am I going back there. How did he end up in Disneyland?
Technically, that's Disneyworld, but we digress, Scott's got more pressing issues on his mind, such as — we're hoping — a forthcoming Prometheus trailer. A new trailer for the upcoming trailer has been released online (via SlashFilm), which will only raise more questions about Prometheus' connection to Alien as it reveals acid-spills and (seemingly) an exo-skeleton of a face-hugger.
Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace as the leader of a team of scientists and explorers who travel to a distant planet to discover the answers to mankind's origins. Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Patrick Wilson and Rafe Spall co-star.