Ridley Scott Says the Last 8 Minutes of PROMETHEUS Evolve into the ALIEN DNA

     November 7, 2011


It’s been fun calling Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus an Alien prequel/not-prequel.  The movie started out as a straight-up prequel to his classic 1979 sci-fi horror film, but then turned into something of a quasi-spin-off when Scott said back in January, “The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA.”  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Scott says the last eight minutes of Prometheus will evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”

Hit the jump for more on what Scott had to say about the film plus my speculation on what will happen in the last eight minutes.  The film stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, and Guy PearcePrometheus opens in 3D on June 8, 2012.

alien-movie-image-space-jockey-01Scott tells Speakeasy the title “Prometheus” comes from the Greek myth of Prometheus, a titan who stole fire from the gods, gave it to man, and then was punished by having his liver eaten by a giant eagle on a daily basis.  This myth ties into the film’s central metaphor of stealing from the gods and then being punished for that theft.  “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.”

Some other quick notes:

- There won’t be a Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) cameo.

- Scott says that the use of 3D and CGI has “completely taken off into this cyberworld” and says working on Prometheus was “the best time I’ve had in a number of years making a movie.”  However, Scott adds “I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing.”  You may recall that some of the production took place in Iceland.

Now to my speculation: Judging by the footage Adam and I saw at Comic-Con and Scott’s long-held desire to base his prequel on the “Space Jockey” (above, right) seen near the beginning of Alien, I believe the final eight minutes will take the surviving characters to the Space Jockey.  A “keen fan” would instantly recognize the creature, but I believe the xenomorphs won’t be in Prometheus.  This is all is just a guess on my part.  I have no idea what the film’s ending will be.

Here’s the official and ridiculously vague synopsis for Prometheus

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

  • mrbatmatt

    …as great as all this sounds, we STILL have not seen an official trailer or any real pics besides the one of the deep sea diver floating around in my fish tank. WANT MORE!!!!!

  • mil

    only the last 8 mins are Aliens-related? that’s a tall order for the rest of the movie…

  • seattlejohn

    Isn’t this only the first of two films – leaving the second film to focus more on the “alien DNA” and backstory of the “space jockey”? It’s frustrating having to wait but it’s really encouraging that Scott isn’t just phoning it in but is going all-out in a new direction and by using state-of-the-art technology he is creatively challenged and excited about putting this together.

  • Molly Valance

    It will be interesting to see if or which of the various interpretations of the Space Jockey’s species in the novelisations, graphic novels, comic books, etc. they have used in ‘Prometheus’.

  • Michael

    Couldn’t the last 8 minutes be of the space jockey crashing his ship on lb-426? Just a thought.

  • Ethan

    What if the xenomorphs are our punishment for “stealing from the Gods”?

  • mil

    In the Greek story, an eagle constantly ate Prometheus’ liver as punishment for handing fire over to people, aka bodily torment.

    I am guessing in the last 8 mins, the Space Jockeys punish the humans (from the Corporation) who stole their technology by creating & letting the Xenomorphs loose on them to cause bodily torment.

    At that point, either the Xenomorphs get out of control and overtake the Space Jockeys, or the distress signal in Alien is literally a trap to attract the corporation.

    I just think Alien/Aliens work because of the suspense and action. Without them active in the movie, it’d be slow and boring to the average person?

  • FILMfan

    I…….can’t………wait !!!

    just a few thoughts I had:

    -The race of ‘Space Jockeys’ will be the antagonist(s) of the film. Their ship was described as a derelict spacecraft that was not from LV-426 in Aliens, which implies they were there to obtain SOMETHING. Humanity will have a vested intrest in this SOMETHING as well, and the Weyland-Yutani corp sends in the Prometheus to aquire it.

    -Facehuggers are a form of biological weapon, created by the SJ’s.

    -Communications with Earth are severed, but not before a critical piece of information is sent regarding the SJ’s and the valuable biological weapons they possess.

    -The Prometheus is destroyed or damaged beyond repair, presumably in battle. Given the distances involved, there’s no chance of a rescue for years. Realizing the newly-found financial significance of the SJ’s weapons on LV-426, Weyland Yutani delcares the Prometheus lost, and cover up their findings.

    -The Prometheus crew, stranded with limited or ineffective weapons, are forced to defeat the SJ’s using the face huggers against them. This may explain why the Space Jockey in the first Alien film had an exit wound on it’s chest (presumably from a chest-burster).

    -The surviving crew member(s) of the Prometheus set a beacon as a warning to others to stay away from LV-426. Weyland Yutani sends in the Nostromo to investigate LV-426 in Alien 1.

  • Scott

    Ere Herakles Prometheus freed
    From chains and torment paid the deed
    Of bringing fire to mortals frail
    That they might master arts of life;

    Was not his soul thus fortified,
    Who in compassion laid aside
    That law of Zeus – that men shall fail
    To free themselves from common strife?

    For each day did his soul fly free,
    Though body bound in misery;
    His penance served to justify
    The value of his crime of care.

    For Zeus did fear that men with fire
    Would soon beyond the gods aspire,
    Surpassing them as time went by;
    And mortals now are almost there.

    Prometheans shall bear the flame
    And like their namesake, shoulder blame,
    With knowledge that this treasure grand
    Is for all men who see it clear;

    This gift of fire, which knows no race
    Yet blesses each one in its place;
    When nurtured with a caring hand,
    Brings transformation very near.

    We vindicate Prometheus, transcending
    the concerns of mere mortals, and lesser gods, when
    each who is able nurtures the flame in its true spirit of striving
    toward excellence, everywhere, for everyone.

  • Scott

    When each who is able nurtures the flame in its true spirit of striving
    toward excellence, everywhere, for everyone. Occupy 2012! Now we, as a collective of peoples with various concerns and perspectives, can go beyond and above the limitations and petty concerns of the ultimate man, and by igniting the divine spark within, affirm and justify the acts moral courage, fortitutde and strength of both Prometheus and Herakles.

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