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Ridley Scott Talks ‘Prometheus’ Space Jockeys, H.R. Giger and Xenomorphs


Filmophilia conducted a pretty lengthy interview with Ridley Scott, director of Twentieth Century Fox’s sci-fi horror Prometheus, the assumed prequel to his 1979 Alien.

While Scott has been absolutely deceitful in earlier interviews, he’s slowly become more and more candid about the connection to the 30-year-old franchise. In the most recent of chats Scott comes clean on the addition of the Space Jockey, reveals the involvement of artist H.R. Giger, and promises with a bold face that we won’t be seeing the xenomorph synonymous with the franchise. You’ll find all of the juicy bits after the break, click the link at the bottom for the interview in full. In speaking to the connection to the Alien films Scott reaffirms the “DNA” quote he gave a few months back: “I mean, you could actually say, and there’s a quote I did, a pretty good quote: By the end of the third act you start to realize there’s a DNA of the very first alien, but none of the subsequent aliens. To tell you what that is is a pity, and I’m not going to tell you, because it’s actually pretty good, pretty organic to the process and to the original. But we go back, we don’t go forward.

The official synopsis from Fox says that this revolves around the “Alien Gods”, the “Space Jockey” from the first film. Scott confirms their involvement and goes into some depth as to what we’ll see in Prometheus.

Yeah, so there you have that,” he states boldy confirming the involvement. “I was always amazed that, I mean, I’ve only done two science-fictions, but I was always amazed that no one asked who the hell the Space Jockey was. He wasn’t even called the Space Jockey. During the film they started to call it the Space Jockey. I don’t know who started that one off. 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.

H.R. Giger is synonymous with the Alien films as he created the look of the creatures and the film’s look. The site asked Scott about his potential involvement in the film.

I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot” said Scott. “So he’s doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.

Lastly, don;t expect to see the original xenomorph in Prometheus.

No. Absolutely not,” states Scott before joking, “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!

We’ll go bac to a darker time on June 8 when Prometheus launches from Earth to….?




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