Prometheus is being touted as an Alien prequel by pretty much everyone but its director, Ridley Scott. While the film almost certainly qualifies as a prequel in the technical sense, the question remains – will the famed alien xenomorphs be making an appearance or not?
Recently, Scott talked how his new sci-fi opus connects to 1979’s Alien, the part Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Lockout) will be playing in it, and whether or not said xenomorphs will be taking center stage.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD.
“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.”
On Guy Pearce’s role and the monsters in the film, Scott said:
“The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland [who] 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.”
Oh, of course!
So does this mean that the xenomorphs are 100% officially out of the film, as Ridley Scott would have us believe? Or is Scott playing a game of semantics with us, wherein these “new monsters” are not technically the xenomorphs we know and love, but are closely related to them, regardless? If Scott isn’t outright telling tales out of school on this, one presumes the latter scenario is the more likely of the two, especially considering the slew of rumors to the contrary.
Prometheus looks to be by far the weirdest and most interesting science-fiction blockbuster of 2012, if the trailer is any indication. It might not make the money of, say, an Avengers or a Dark Knight Rises, but it’ll almost certainly be the creepiest, classiest big-budget sci-fi film in years.
Prometheus hits theaters – with xenomorphs or without – June 8th, 2012.
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