Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the Alien-ish prequel still in theaters from Twentieth Century Fox, isn’t going away any time soon. Or at least its echo isn’t dissipating. Love it, hate it or somewhere in between (and there are many folks on either side of that fence), people are continuing to talk about it.
One thing I hadn’t really given much thought to was what David said to the Engineer near the end of the film. I just sort of took for granted that it was something in their native language that the audience wasn’t intended to understand. But it turns out they developed a small portion of that language to use in the film.
Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London served as the linguistics consultant on the film and taught Michael Fassbender how to speak the line. He told The Bioscopist that tt translates to, “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.” This is of course a request on the behalf of the aging Peter Weyland. What’s more interesting is that Biltoo constructed an entire conversation – including a reply from the Engineer – that Ridley Scott filmed but ultimately cut from the film.
Per Biltoo, “We’re all going to have to wait for the Director’s cut to see if the conversation between the Engineer and David – and there was indeed originally a conversation, not merely an utterance from David.”
There are whispers that there will be a subtitled version of the scene on the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray of the film. I have a pretty good theory on why the Engineers want to wipe out humanity, but for those who want a definitive answer – this scene may just provide it.
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