Seventy years separate the timelines of Ridley Scott’s directorial efforts Blade Runner and Prometheus, but a new Easter Egg suggests the plots take place in the same world. Available on DVD/Blu-ray in just a couple of days, Prometheus will have a special feature that reveals a few lines of text supposedly written by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce). The text, which you can read after the jump, talks about Weyland’s mentor, a creator of synthetic lifeforms who will be instantly familiar to fans of Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. This may be a simple nod to the fans that connects Scott’s works or perhaps it hints at a potential crossover in the planned sequel to Blade Runner. Hit the jump to check out the Easter Egg.
Read what Weyland had to say about his mentor below (via ScreenCrush):
It’s clear that Weyland is talking about Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), CEO of the Tyrell Corporation which produces, among other things, synthetic humanoids known as replicants. For those that aren’t as familiar with the Tyrell character or the Blade Runner plot, let’s dissect that a bit, shall we?
- Early in the passage, Weyland says his mentor told him to “put away childish things,” a familiar Bible excerpt from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians which alludes to his mentor’s God complex (which is recounted later in the text).
- Weyland says his mentor told him to abandon his “toys,” a phrase that ties Tyrell to his most talented designer, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) and his toy friends.
- Weyland says Tyrell was on top of a pyramid, overlooking a city of angels. A bit on the nose, but Tyrell worked at the top of the pyramid-shaped Tyrell Corporation set in Los Angeles.
- While Weyland made androids, Tyrell genetically engineered replicants and implanted them with false memories, as Weyland calls out in his letter.
Fun, huh? It could just be a nice little bit of fan service. Or, it could be the beginning of a possible crossover between Blade Runner and Prometheus, with a Blade Runner sequel bridging the space between the two. Perhaps a makeup-less Pearce could appear as a young Weyland in the sequel, even as a cameo. It’s interesting to think that Blade Runner and Prometheus exist in the same world. Let us know your thoughts in the comments and feel free to let the speculation run wild!