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From ‘Prometheus’ to ‘Alien’

By Wang DexianMovies - 29 May 2012 3:06 PM | Updated 3:28 PM

From ‘Prometheus’ to ‘Alien’

Long before he was stinking up the joint with fellow Sci-Fi icon ‘Predator’ in those horrible ‘Alien vs. Predator’ movies, the original Alien was making prepubescent boys pee in their pants with their speed, blade-tipped tails, scary elongated skulls and gruesome acidic blood.

Armed with the single minded mentality of propagating their species and eliminating anything else that can be remotely considered a threat, the original ‘Alien’ movie truly established the fearsome creature as one of the first fearsome Sci-Fi creations ever.

So, when rumours about director Ridley Scott possibly returning to the world of ‘Alien’ to do a prequel started circulating, internet chatter was suddenly alive with wonder-out-loud thoughts of what the connection would be.

However, Sir Ridley himself has downplayed the connection between ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Alien’, claiming it was only a small indirect link that connected the two movies and that ‘Prometheus’ would instead explore its own set of mythos and ideas.

Of course, it didn't end there as he again dropped another nugget about this indirect connection that messed with the minds of Sci-Fi obsessed nerds everywhere.

Here’s what he said, “When the first ‘Alien’ movie and ‘Blade Runner’ were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in ‘Blade Runner,’ and Weyland-Yutani in ‘Alien.’ They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland [who] is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. ‘Prometheus’ is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course, new monsters as well.”

The only word you have to remember from this point forward is “Weyland”.

In this viral video for ‘Prometheus’, Guy Pearce is the pompous millionaire that Scott claims he is. That pompousness is certainly illustrated by the fact that he's giving a TED talk in a freakin' arena when they usually are small little talks but we digress. So, we know he owns the ship, what else?

Thanks to this creepy looking clip featuring Michael Fassbender as a creepy acting android named David, we can establish that the Weyland Corp manufactures these androids and have planted one on Prometheus -- which brings us to our android related point,  remember Ash? The Science Officer on the Nostromo (‘Alien’) who was tasked with retrieving the Alien no matter what happened to the crew?

We know that Prometheus (the ship) runs into someone or something that could threaten the very existence of humanity, so could ‘Prometheus’ involve a similar retrieval of sorts?

Charlize Theron's suspicious looking Meredith Vickers character, who supervises the expedition, certainly seems to have an agenda of her own.

Maybe, David is supposed to deliver something? Will the crew bump into a bunch of face-huggers in space? We don't know either... we'll find out in June.

‘Prometheus’ opens in theatres 7 June.