The Internet has been buzzing the past few days about a little nugget in the Prometheus Blu-ray extras that hint at a potential connection with Ridley Scott's other acclaimed sci-fi franchise—Blade Runner. Now the man behind the stunt has explained exactly what the easter egg means.
Movies.com spoke with Prometheus Blu-ray producer and documentarian Charles de Lauzirika, who created the supposed communique written by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), which made some pretty obvious allusions to Blade Runner's Eldon Tyrell.
In case you haven't seen it, the Weyland memo is embedded below. (Click to see it larger.)
Now, is the excerpt actually canon in the Alien/Prometheus universe? Not really, says de Lauzirika:
"That was me having fun and being cutesy. I wrote all that stuff. I actually said this at the press conference they had in London, which is that if it's in the film, it's canon. I would argue that the viral pieces that are included in the Peter Weyland Files are canon just because they originated with Ridley and Damon Lindelof. I would say those, to some degree, are canon. But anything else - especially these which are kind of like little cute, embedded text graphics on the menus - I wouldn't take those too seriously. It's just meant to be an in-universe framework for those viral pieces."
He apparently got the idea from fans online trying to connect the dots between the two acclaimed sci-fi universes, and thought he would have a little fun to see if anyone would catch on. Of course, everyone did:
"As a Blade Runner fan, and because there's been so much talk before this even occurred with people on the Internet speculating that maybe Alien and Blade Runner and Prometheus could all exist in the same universe, it was just more of a wink at that. Absolutely nothing to be taken seriously. I mean, I sent it to Ridley and he had no comment. [Laughs] So, it's just icing on top of icing. It's not the cake. It's a fun, little side thing that's very superficial. And, by the way, it in no way officially establishes that it's Blade Runner because, if a lawyer were to comb through that, there's no reference to Tyrell or anything in Blade Runner. It's just a very lightly intentioned joke."
So, there you have it—Blade Runner and Alien remain in separate but similar worlds.