We've had confirmation from Ridley Scott himself that whatever connection Prometheus will have to Alien is loose at best, but we've never known just how loose. Now Scott is helping us along by confirming that the original creatures, better known as "xenomorphs," will have no part in his return to science fiction.
In a new interview, Scott once again used his tried and true line about the connection between the two films, noting that "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." But he also (finally) seems to be getting a little more comfortable discussing the details of what that DNA will be. Or at least he's willing to tell us what it won't be. When asked whether his original alien will show up at any point, Scott was quick to deny it.
"No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He [the xenomorph] did very well," Scott said. "[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!"
But one thing Prometheus will have in terms of an Alien connection is a deeper exploration of the iconic "space jockey," the massive alien body designed by H.R. Giger that appeared only briefly in the first film.
"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."
We also know already that Scott is tackling massive, mythic concepts with Prometheus, but we don't know where he's going with it yet. He's not telling, of course, but he does offer up the following little nugget for us to ponder. If you're an Alien fan, this might keep you up a few nights trying to make some plot connections in your head.
"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," he said. "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?"
Wow, is that where he's headed with this? What were the massive beings like the space jockey planning with the xenomorphs as their minions? And if the xenomorphs were just the minions, what kind of awesome power were the alien bigwigs packing? We have a few more months of waiting before we find out, but if Scott keeps this up we'll never be short of things to ponder.