<i>Prometheus</i> and <i>Alien</i> Share DNA, Ridley Scott Confirms

After discussing his intended return to the world of Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott has now talked to Speakeasy about his upcoming film Prometheus, its connection to the Greek myth, and how it ties into Alien.

The 3D movie, written by Lost's Damon Lindelof and The Darkest Hour's Jon Spaihts, follows the model of the myth, in which Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity only to be punished by being tied to a rock and having his liver eaten by birds for eternity. Scott compared the fire of the myth to technology in his story.

On the subject of the much-discussed connection between Prometheus and Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, the director said the last few minutes of this movie morph into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.” Speakeasy also got confirmation from 20th Century Fox that Sigourney Weaver, star of the four Alien films, will not appear in Prometheus.

Scott enjoyed getting back into the sci-fi game with Prometheus, noting that working with Lindelof and Spaihts rejuvenated him. “I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” Scott said. “This developed and came out extremely well.”

While the septuagenarian director enjoyed getting into a lot of the new technology available to bring his film to life in the third dimension. However, he did keep the balance between CGI and practical effects. “I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing," he said.

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