A while back we finally got confirmation that Ridley Scott's Prometheus does tie in to his Alien franchise after all, but what we didn't hear was how. Now Scott is speaking up, and though the details are vague, he says that the connection lies in the film's final eight minutes.
Scott seemed to hint back in January that the films are only loosely tied when he said that only a "keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA," but a quote from an interview at Speakeasy seems to suggest that he's got deliberate plans for just how that DNA winds up in the new flick.
Scott says that by the last eight minutes of Prometheus, the film will have evolved into "a pretty good DNA of the Alien one." Details about every aspect of this film have been kept quite quiet so far, so it's hard to expect anything more than that, but it is nice to know there's some deliberate sense of planning with regard to how the films tie together. Whether this connection is visual, plot-based or just thematic is something we'll have to wait and see.
Scott also spoke on other aspects of the production, including the film's central theme. It's derived from the Greek myth of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods to give to man. In Scott's film, the characters will grapple with what happens when they steal from the gods, so to speak.
"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."
Scott also noted that he's once again turning to practical special effects to create the sci-fi world of Prometheus:
"I'm a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing."
And on one last little note to clear up any rumors, Scott confirms that Ripley (Sigourney Weaver's Alien character) will not be making a cameo.
Prometheus doesn't hit theaters until June of next year, so that leaves us with a little more than six months left to speculate on what all of this means. How would you like to see these two flicks come together?