PROMETHEUS Blu-ray Easter Egg Reveals BLADE RUNNER Connection?

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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):

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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!

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  • zac

    this is just getting beyond stupid now!!! What’s next?? There will be a lineage ancestry connection between Maximus and Ripley?? Let’s not “save for blu ray/dvd” and actually just make a finished product with a feature length…

    • mnShuman

      Prometheus 2:

      Denzel Washington in American Gangsters sh

    • stove

      well scott and crow did both discuss the idea of Gladiator 2, it involved maximus fighting gods for his life on earth, granting him immortality, then we follow maximus through all major wars and find him in the end working for the pentagon…. just saying, if scott had gone through that much time, it’s not that much distance to trod over to create more bullshit to connect to Ripley. You really hit the nail on the head, sir.

  • Markiewankenobi

    It’s a fun one for sure but it could well be pointing towards links between Tyrell and Weyland. David has a definite “Roy” feel to him.

  • Jay

    As a huge fan of Blade Runner, Prometheus, and of science fiction in general, including the works of Phillip K. Dick, I officially approve of this cross-over. It’s such a great idea I’m surprised I hadn’t thought of it before reading this article.

  • Dobby

    It’s perfect. One of the things I liked about Prometheus was David…. He re inked me so much of the replicants in Blade Runner. I’m now convinced that wasn’t an accident….

    • David Savage

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

  • David Savage

    Hell! Throw in a connection to GI Jane and American Gangster too while you’re at it!

    • David Savage

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

    • David Savage

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

  • David Savage

    Sorry for the MULTIPLE posts… The connection was flawed.

    • lol’er

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

    • Invi

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

    • Dr. Fuckr

      Shit! Why not connect the classic “Legend” too! Hell yeah! … super sarcasm within me…

  • Lance

    Guy Pearce would be fantastic as a young Tyrell. Or maybe a Replicant Tyrell with Tyrell’s memories. Hey, that’s something you could build the Blade Runner sequel on, right there!

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  • Andy Fowler

    Well, it’s not much of an Easter Egg anymore, now is it?

  • Andy Fowler

    Well, it’s not much of an Easter Egg anymore, now is it?

  • mnShuman

    Is it not enough that Alien and Prometheus take place in the same world. That just makes things more complicated with Blade Runner. Let me geuss, Matchstick Men also took place in that universe.

  • BRNOBS

    I seriously don’t mind Alien and Blade Runner being connected (i.e. taking place in the same universe), if it means just a small, fan-baiting tangent like this. But it’s ruined, simply ruined for me, by Prometheus providing that bridge–ugh–I’d like to forget about that film…at least until a good sequel helps me forget–and the possibilities should Ridley start working on his BR prequel/sequel in earnest. Lord let it remain just an easter egg!

  • Matth

    Any on-screen exploration of this inferred connection between Prometheus & Blade Runner would be tricky, to say the least; the former property of 20th Century Fox, the latter property of Warner Bros.

  • ScaredForMovies

    I don’t mind the connection. While I enjoyed the set-up to Prometheus I thought it fell apart towards the end. It’s funny how Lindeloff wants to pass it along to someone else now. I wonder why?

  • A.S. Lawrence

    It’s obvious Peter Wayland is a replicant…

  • sense 11

    I love this :)

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  • Anonymous

    Are these not Ridley Scott’s movies? Can he not do with them as he pleases? Just let the man do what he wants!

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  • Chad

    Since it’s only an Easter Egg, it means nothing. The only thing that counts is what’s in the film itself so even if it is a “connection”, it’s lost. Seems like grasping for straws to connects things instead of, you know, actually telling a coherent story with well-developed characters that’s properly paced.

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  • Chindogu

    Well, Cameron referenced Terminator in Aliens. Cyberdyne Systems to be precise. I’m guess it takes place in the non-robot apocalypse timeline.

    So sure, why not. Earth was always supposed to be a shit hole, and it certainly was in Bladerunner.

    • Yahzee

      “Earth, man… what a shithole”

    • Dominion

      Refresh my memory… but when exactly did he reference Cyberdyne in the movie Aliens?

      • murdernexxus

        probably thinking of when Burke talks about Ash being a hyperdyne model..not cyberdyne

      • Chindogu

        Just after they’ve woken up and are eating breakfast., it’s during Bishops introduction and the artificial person talk about Ashes malfunction.

        I’m actually in error. I just re-watched the Blu-ray and they say “Hyperdyne” not “Cyberdyne”. Up until now I’ve always heard “Cyberdyne”. I guess I just wanted there to be a connection. If anything I guess it’s just a loose homage. :(

        Now I got to go find me some corn bread…

      • Damian

        They changed the word from Cyberdyne to Hyperdyne, but the reference is correct as that is/was what they had planned to put in the movie….I am not sure why they had to change it but my guess is some copyright bs….
        Here is the text I read about it…
        “James Cameron, director of the fist two Terminator films as well as the Alien sequel Aliens, had originally intended to insert a reference back to the Terminator franchise in Aliens. In the galley scene aboard the Sulacco, Ripley discovers that one of the team members, Bishop played by Lance Henriksen, is actually an android. This angers Ripley since an android named Ash tried to kill her aboard the refinery ship Nostromo in the first Alien film. Bishop questions why that would happen and is told by Burke that Ash was one of the older models created by “Hyperdyne Systems”, a reference to “Cyberdyne Systems.”[1] As originally written in the script, the Burke character originally would have stated Ash was a “Cyberdyne Systems Model 120-A/2″

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  • Steve

    Cloud Atlas notwithstanding, not everything NEEDS to be connected. But if Scott wants to have some fun with the fans, what’s the harm?

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  • Destin

    Lets see how many replies are “why not throw in as well?” Get over yourselves and that obviously terrible joke, it’s an EASTER EGG, that doesn’t mean they are going to be connected in any kind of finished production.
    I’m looking forward to a blade runner sequel, if it isn’t good then I didn’t really waste anything except 2 hours.

  • RobThom

    “I’m looking forward to a blade runner sequel, if it isn’t good then I didn’t really waste anything except 2 hour”

    Or why not remake Empire Strikes Back with brett ratner.
    If it sucks then you only really wasted 2 hours.

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