Ridley Scott Offers Up the 'Alien' and 'Prometheus' Connection

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I don't really see this as much of a spoiler when it comes to Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a film that started as a prequel to Scott's 1979 feature Alien and morphed into something said to have strands of Alien DNA. After much speculation and reporting on whether or not the two had anything in common I came to the conclusion Prometheus is essentially a movie in the same world as Alien, but will tell a different story.

Then I see images from that first trailer, such as the one above, and to say this only has a loose connection to Alien is a bit absurd. Either way, I am excited and prefer the mystery and prefer it to have only a small relation to the previous Alien films. The idea of a new story in the same world is exciting and while Scott would prefer not to give any information away he appears to have slowly tired of people asking him the same questions over and over and has given in... slightly.

*** Slight Spoiler Ahead... Slight ***

In an interview with Hungarian news outlet Mozenezo (via AVP Galaxy), Scott was asked about Guy Pearce's role in the film, a role I believe he hoped to keep secret entirely, including the fact Pearce was in the movie at all.

Yet, people kept poking, and, at one time, it was believed Pearce's character's name was Stannison, but Scott now reveals it to be Peter Weyland, a surname I'm sure hardcore Alien fans are already drooling over. Scott's statement, in which he goes a bit further when it comes to the connection between the two films, continues:

"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 just how much of a role will Pearce's Peter Weyland have in the film? In January he told MTV, "I'm only [in the film] for a minute."

Even with that little tidbit of added knowledge, the extent to which the films are connected remains suspicious, but I hope no more is revealed. This isn't much of a spoiler since it essentially just continues down the logic that the two films exist in the same world, in as much as in new films today you would assume Boeing and/or Airbus made commercial airplanes.

Hopefully we'll only learn the true connection once the film hits theaters on June 8. With that said, if you haven't yet seen the version of the trailer without the title playing over the images, check it out directly below.

  • moviebuff

    i actually like the marketing on this film ALOT
    as a huge fan of the alien movies, im glad they are not just saying that this is a prequel or if its a whole new story, i love the mystery behind it, it makes me alot more excited to see it in theaters!!

  • Khaira

    The "new monsters " comment has got me pumped !!...

  • Khaira

    BTW....this is the viral campaign video featuring Peter Weylan as played by Guy Pearce...Its a TED Talk from 2023...


  • chriscarmichael

    Very cool and interesting. Wonder if this is the opening of the film. If so that'd be kinda A.I.-ish and a good way to open the film.
    I just wish we could erase that awful AVP film.