Talking with Filmophilia, Ridley Scott has said a few key quotes about his much anticipated sci-fi prequel “Prometheus”, and gives us some answers to some long standing questions – only to raise more questions in the process.
Asked straight up if he’s linking this directly with the “Alien” film, Scott says “Not at all… no… 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 ones. 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.”
The fossilised pilot of the crashed ship glimpsed briefly in the first “Alien” does come into it – “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.”
Later in the interview it was asked if we see the original xenomorph in the film. Scott says “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!”. Scott also confirmed that original “Alien” designer H.R. Giger is “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.”
Asked about the tone of the film being more mythological than the streamlined style of his 1979 film, Scott says “The original Alien was a pretty savage engine. I’ve always said it was a C-movie done in an A-way… I think one of the reasons why I’ve never gone back to science-fiction, even though I’ve often noodled around, thought about it, looked for story, looked for material, is that there’s a nice purity to the original Alien. it’s fairly pure. And this one does actually raise all kinds of other questions, because if someone could, a being, could be as monstrously clever to create something like we experienced in the very first one – I always figured it’s a weapon, and I always figured that [the ship in the first Alien] was a carrier of weapons. Therefore, who is that, inside that suit? That wasn’t a skeleton, that was a suit. And if you open up the suit, what do you get inside it? And why were they going, where were they going?”
You can read the full interview here.