It’s been 25 years since Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner, and eager fans of Scott’s work were treated to some tantalizing tidbits of information about the filmmaker’s upcoming Prometheus at geek-fest Comic-Con.
Throngs of Alien fans got an exclusive first look at the film at the San Diego event, and Scott gave some background information about how Prometheus relates to Alien… but not. Scott said the 2012 release has “DNA” from Alien, but the film has since diverged:
“We’ve gone in a completely different direction,” he said. “But in the last few minutes of the movie you’ll understand what we’re talking about.” He said there “might be” two robots or cyborgs in the new film, a trope which would link it to its predecessors.
Scott told fans he was “very impressed” with new CGI technology, but said Prometheus used live action whenever possible. Scott, who appeared with Charlize Theron and screenwriter Damon Lindelof to talk about the film, also fielded questions about his absence from the sci-fi genre. He replied:
“I was too busy doing other movies, exploring other genres. Frankly, I never thought about science fiction until I started to realise that there was something in the first Alien that no one ever asked questions about. I thought, well, that could be the centrepiece of what we’ve just completed.”
Lindelof spoke to fans about the film’s setting:
“It covers a vast expanse of time, past, present and future,” he said. “It doesn’t take place on Earth in any real significant way. The way we’re exploring the future is away from Earth and [asking] what are people like now? What have they gone through and what are they thinking of? Space exploration in the future is going to evolve into this idea that it’s not just about going out there and finding planets to build colonies. It also has this inherent idea that the further we go out, the more we learn about ourselves. The characters in this movie are preoccupied by the idea: what are our origins?”
Prometheus won’t be out until June of next year, but you can watch some of the Comic-Con panel with Lindelof and Theron below.