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When the first images for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' hit the web, showing what appeared to be the mysterious space jokey from 'Alien,' the connection to Scott's 1979 sci-fi masterpiece seemed clear-cut. But then screenwriter Damon Lindelof denied such connections in subsequent interviews. Then the trailer hit, using the exact same slow reveal of the letter segments in the title as did the 'Alien' trailer. So, what's up? Is 'Prometheus' an 'Alien' prequel or not? Luckily, in an interview published today, director Ridley Scott provided concrete evidence as to one definite connection between the two films. Apparently that link, according to Scott the only link, is the character played by Guy Pearce. Here's what Scott had to say...
"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 there you have it, one tenuous connection between 'Alien' and 'Prometheus.' While I actually really like the idea of one of the voyagers in 'Prometheus' eventually becoming a founding member of the sinister Weyland-Yutani corporation, something still bothers me about this. I have no trouble believing Ridley Scott when he says that the Pearce connection is the only bridge between 'Alien' and 'Prometheus,' but if that's the case then it seems a bit shady for the 'Prometheus' trailer to wholesale lift gimmicks from that of the 'Alien' trailer. It seems like the film is being sold as much more of an 'Alien' prequel than it actually will be. Of course, this isn't the fault of the director or the writer so much as the studio's marketing team. And I'm not at all saying the film has to be a full-on 'Alien' prequel to be any good, actually quite the contrary. 'Prometheus' is probably better off not being so beholden to 'Alien.' Both Lindelof and Scott can explore entirely new worlds and new storylines if unencumbered by existing material.
Those are just my rusty two cents, what do you guys think?
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