Ridley Scott talks about Prometheus’ link to Alien

News Ryan Lambie 7 Nov 2011 - 17:44

Ahead of the release of the eagerly-anticipated Prometheus next year, Ridley Scott’s been talking briefly about its title’s meaning, and its ties to Alien…

Ridley Scott’s been extremely secretive about his current work-in-progress, Prometheus. So much so that, even though the film’s less than a year away from release, only a few sketchy details are known about its plot – quite a feat, given the Internet’s uncanny ability to leak stuff almost as soon as it’s been conceived.

Over the past couple of days, however, Scott’s been opening up a little about what he’s been up to. Yesterday, we brought you a couple of tantalising details about his Blade Runner sequel, and the unsurprising absence of the original film’s cast in its line-up of actors.

In the case of Prometheus, Scott has confirmed what most of us have suspected for quite a while; that its title is a direct reference to the Titan who stole fire from the gods in Greek mythology. In an interview with SpeakEasy (brought to us by io9), Scott said the following: "Fire is our first form of technology," Scott says, and so by taking fire, the higher being is punished "in perpetuity in a horrible fashion."

Given what we’ve heard about Prometheus’ story so far, we suspect we can exchange the words ‘Titan’, ‘fire’, and ‘gods’ for ‘astronauts’, ‘advanced science’ and ‘massive horrible aliens’ to create the sentence, ‘astronauts steal advanced science from massive horrible aliens’.

Scott also hinted that the ending of Prometheus will dovetail quite neatly with the storyline of 1979’s Alien. “The last eight minutes of the Prometheus story evolve into a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”

All this is more intriguing than informative, we’ll admit, but it’s something to chew over until the first Prometheus trailer finally arrives.

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