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Scott on Prometheus, Alien Ties

Ridley Scott talks about Prometheus and Aliens.

By Jarrod Sarafin     December 19, 2011
Source: Filmophilia

Director Ridley Scott seems to be finally opening up on the connection between his classic tale of Alien and his upcoming science fiction tale Prometheus. A few weeks after briefly discussing the project with Entertainment Weekly, the helmer sat down and talked the project over with Filmophilia. Check out some of the highlights down below.

On the Alien Space Jockey making his return:

Yeah, so there you have that. I was always amazed that, I mean, I've only done two science-fictions, 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 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 [films] missed it! So, here it is.

On whether we see a Xenomorph in the film:

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? I saw him in Disneyland, Jesus Christ!

On whether Alien designer H.R. Giger is playing a part:

I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he's doing a little bit of work for me. He's been doing some murals, big murals, which we'll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we're gonna go.

He also confirmed what he suggested a few months ago in saying that by the third act, you will see a DNA of the first Alien story:

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.

Click here to read more of the interview.'

Prometheus flies into theaters on June 8, 2012.


 

 

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Hobbs 12/19/2011 9:18:13 AM

Well if he wouldn't have confirmed it I would have just suggested putting the prometh poster next to the alien poster as a clue.  They are pretty much the same design.

Sounds like he doesn't want to even acknowledge the other alien movies.  Which I'm okay with, though Aliens was a good sequel and I felt Cameron moved the story alone just fine.  Once 3 came around and beyond I would forget those as well.

Wiseguy 12/19/2011 9:30:50 AM

Is he saying that his quoting a line from the first film. I've seen Alien a hundred times but now I feel like checking it out again just to examine what quote he means if that's what he means at all.

Can't wait for this, love all the mystery surrounding it.

InnerSanctum 12/19/2011 9:37:10 AM

 No one asked about the Space Jockey? Everyone I've ever talked to, who has seen the film, has mentioned the Space Jockey.  I believe it was pretty obvious, at that point in the franchise, that it was an alien race who had a bad encounter with the Aliens.  His chest, if I recall, is burst open.  

Aliens is not just a good sequel.  It is a DAMN FINE sequel.  Alien and Aliens were two different films, but both need to be recogized as classics.  And, really the only two worth seeing in the entire franchise.  

VTGamehendge 12/19/2011 9:39:13 AM

So no xenomorph?  I thought I heard several times that there was a xenomorph at some point in the movie, just not the same as from the Alien movies.  I'm confused!  But I like it!  Just makes me even more psyched about this movie!

VTGamehendge 12/19/2011 9:40:43 AM

InnerSanctum, when he said no one asked about the Space Jockey, I think he was referring to the cast and crew of the first film never asking any questions about it.  That's just what I got from his comments.

jackwagon 12/19/2011 9:45:57 AM

I have to assume the end of Prometheus involves either the launch of the Nostromo or Mother receiving the distress call from LV-426. 

It's funny though - when I saw Alien for the first time, I never really stopped to think about the space jockey that Cain and Dallas find on the planet.  I always had thought the body was meant to be an omen of what was to come of the Nostromo's crew, and not the basis of a story at all.  I was kinda surprised at all the apparent interest in him from other fans online because the body didn't strike me as something that a cohesive story could be built around.  Now that such a story has been built, I'm glad it's Scott who did it because I'm sure any other director aside from Cameron probably would've done a hack job of it.

wish 12/19/2011 2:09:27 PM

When he says "nobody asked about the space jockey" I think he meant that it never came around again in any of the subsequent films or during the rest of the first film, they saw him, they ran their lights up and down him and they moved on.  BUT, I read a series of comics back in the 90's from Dark Horse that had a little story involving the creatures refferred to as the space jockeys......I'd have to dig it out to rememeber completely but it was cool......so not everyone forgot about it, they just didn't exploit it on film.  This will be great.

AND, I completely agree with InnerSanctum about the first 2 alien films, the second being my favorite film of all time!!  The 3rd was disapointing because it wasn't supposed to be the way it was, there was actually a teaser trailer that totally implied a sequel on earth but they changed that shortly after filming began.  The only good thing about the 3rd was that it got David Fincher up and running as a director.  The exact same can be said about Jean-Pierre Jeunet who directed the 4th and went on to do some great work including Amelie.  Other than that, the 2 AVP's sucked and the Predators movie sucked so hopefully Mr. Scott can bring some respectability back to this universe. 

galaga51 12/19/2011 7:09:18 PM

In the full interview he spoke about evolution a good bit, and if it follows the canon of the third movie (as much as we might not like the plot) the alien can steal DNA at least as far as its "pupa" stage, at least, that's how I understood it.  So Scott saying, "there's a DNA of the very first Alien," could just mean we are seeing the alien before it starts stealing DNA from other creatures.  But whatever, I'm stoked for whatever he throws at us.

(This may have already been discussed in previous articles, but I've been "away.")

VTGamehendge 12/19/2011 8:35:26 PM

Official trailer being released in 2 days on Apple/iTunes website.

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