Ridley Scott Provides a Few New Details on PROMETHEUS; Says the Xenomorph Will “Absolutely Not” Appear in the Movie

     December 19, 2011


Fox has done a pretty good job of keeping the lid on Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.  Of course, everything will likely be known a month before the film opens, but for now: mystique!  The movie still indirectly ties in to Alien by exploring the mystery of the Space Jockey (the giant dead creature found by the crew of the Nostromo in the first act).  Says Scott:

Yeah, so there you have that… I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, “Well, there’s a story! And the other four [films] missed it!” So, here it is.

Hit the jump for more on what he had to say about the prequel/not-a-prequel, and why he removed the famous xenomorphs from the equation.  Prometheus opens June 8, 2012 and stars Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender.

promethesus-movie-poster-teaser-01Scott confirmed [via Bleeding Cool] that the production shot in Iceland because the landscape was ideal for depicting “the beginning of time,” and Scott thinks it turned out well:

It’s actually “The beginning of time”. But I think we’ve got it right… [laughter] So, it will be a pretty good beginning of time.

If you’re doing “The beginning of time”, there will be the inevitable comparison to The Tree of Life, but I doubt Prometheus will be spending 20-30 minutes to showing it.

Scott also says that H.R. Giger has provided some murals that will appear in the movie “in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.”  But don’t expect Giger’s most famous design, the xenomorph, to show up.  Scott explains why:

They squeezed it dry. He (the xenomorph) did very well. (He laughs) He survived, he’s now in Disneyland in Orlando, and no way am I going back there. How did he end up in Disneyland? I saw him in Disneyland, Jesus Christ!

Scott neglected the mention that he saw the xenomorph working the concession stand.  It’s a slow economy and chest-bursting doesn’t pay the bills like it used to.

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  • Vickthur

    “Scott neglected the mention” to*??

    • Guns Of Navarone

      I noticed that too. But I also noticed who wrote the article and then it all became clear.

  • IllusionOfLife

    It’s always bothered me when the aliens are referred to as Xenomorphs because no where in the main movies are they ever referred to by that name (yes, I understand in Aliens Lieutenant Gorman uses the term, but he’s not actually saying it’s the creatures’ name, just a broad scientific classification).

    To me, they will always just be aliens.

  • Christopher Olson

    I always loved that the Space Jockey’s story was a complete mystery. I always find I enjoy films where at least part of the film’s backstory is left to the fertility of your own imagination.

    • Rich

      Here is my question. If the space jockey’s chest was blown out..then where was that Alien?

      • Jason

        I was wondering the same thing. Unless the movie ends before any of that encounter happens. :/

      • Peter White

        He’s here! Right beside me, and he likes to watch tv!

  • lovetron

    Xenomorph got a nice Family Guy cameo as well.

    “I like to eat you with my little mouth too!” LOL

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  • MD

    Please stop putting the line “Hit the jump” in every article. It usually means that you have to click a link or something, but there are no link to click, no jumps to hit. In fact this could be a result of copying the article from the original site, where actually there is a jump to hit.

    • meme

      Hit the jump works for me when i follow it here from IMDB. =P

    • Zyzor Zozax

      I could not agree more with this. Every single article has that phrase in it when there’s nothing to click, the article or video or what have you is always right below. They’re the only site that really uses it and, to tell you the truth, I don’t think they understand what it means. But it’s SUPER ANNOYING.

  • McKay

    Actually the first thing i asked about was the “space jockey” when I finished watching Alien. Also some of the comics actually tried to explain it (one had a cliff hanger last page with one stomping across a planet in a space suit chacing a bunch of “Xenomorphs” with a ray gun).

  • anon

    “he’s now in Disneyland in Orlando” One problem, There is no such thing as “Disneyland Orlando”