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Scott gives more Alien-Prometheus confusion

RidleyScott.jpgRidley Scott has been talking about that "Alien DNA" that's in his next film Prometheus, the one that started out being written as an Alien prequel and turned into, well, a film we don't know that much about yet.

While he continues to say that it isn't an Alien film directly, he does keep on mentioning that it has the Alien DNA, and by that he doesn't mean the DNA of an Alien in it but that the feel and core of the Alien film is in Prometheus. What that entirely means we're not sure, but Scott's been talking about confusing people once again.

The hype around Prometheus has been pretty huge, but what we actually know is pretty scarce. According to the stories the writers started off with an Alien prequel, had a much better and more exciting idea and fired off with that concept. From there we had the script for Prometheus.

A great cast were hired, after reading the script in secret; some details have crept out through them such as there will be another synthetic life form character, and a set photo which showed us a set that was rather reminiscent of the Alien tunnel system.

Little snippets of information appeared that could be misleading or could be on the money, and all in all we're all scrabbling for something but falling short. Personally I think Ridley Scott and his team have us right where they want us. This film could be going anywhere.

He does keep talking with this phrase "Alien DNA", and maybe he does mean it literally, but he keeps talking about the core of the original film and what that means to Prometheus.

However speaking in Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy through Coming Soon and First Showing we hear a little more from him about the story.

He says that the central metaphor (now bear the use of that word in the article which isn't Scott's own word) is about a "higher being" who challenges the gods, and the gods don't want to give him fire.

Now I'm putting in quotes the words that are attributed to Scott in the article, the rest is written from what the article author writes. In fact let me quote directly from the article, and then I'm not adding my interpretation on top of the author's words who has already interpreted Scott's words!

"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."...

...The last eight minutes of the "Prometheus" story evolve into "a pretty good DNA of the 'Alien' one."

There's also a confirmation that Sigourney Weaver won't be making a cameo in the films, which isn't really a surprise.

So what does this give us really? Not that much. Prometheus does look like it will link up with Alien somewhere near the end, but the continual use of the word DNA either is literal or figurative, and either way doesn't seem to mean a direct connection. By that I mean that the last eight minutes of Prometheus doesn't sound as though it will show us the "space jockey" crash landing on the planet where we see out first crew head to and discover the alien eggs.

I wonder if the higher being that is punished is the creature we see in the huge chair in that spaceship in the early shots of Alien? Is the technology or fire that is passed down either the Alien creatures themselves or the ability to create them?

I'm not sure because Scott is being a master at playing the media and things are still so vague around the story of the film it's difficult to tell what is really a strong clue and what is a vague, misty, misdirection.



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