For the last few days, the fanboy Interwebs have been buzzing thanks to a Reddit screengrab from the Prometheus Blu-ray (out in stores today) that teases a possible connection between Ridley Scott’s Alien semi-prequel and his other seminal masterwork of sci-fi cinema, 1982’s Blade Runner. It comes in the form of a text-based communique of sorts from Peter Weyland, the man played in Prometheus (and a viral promotional video) by Guy Pearce who bankrolled the expedition at the heart of the film. You can read an excerpt below:
A mentor and long-departed compeitor once told me that it was time to put away childish things and abandon my “toys.” He encouraged me to come work for him and together we would take over the world and become the new Gods. That’s how he ran his corporation, like a God on top of a pyramid overlooking a city of angels. Of course, he chose to replicate the power of creation in an unoriginal way, but simply copying God. And look how that turned out for the poor bastard. Literally blew up in the old man’s face. I always suggested he stick with simple robotics instead of those genetic abominations he enslaved and sold off-world, although his idea to implant them with false memories was, well…”amusing,” is how I would put it politely.
As many others have already noted, the text seems to be quite pointedly referring to Blade Runner‘s Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), the tech mega-mogul whose office sat atop a giant pyramid in the middle of Los Angeles circa 2019, and whose “replicants” ended up rebelling and (30-year-old spoiler alert!) killing Tyrell in the process.
It’s unclear whether Scott really does plan to merge his science fiction universes or is just having a bit of fun with his fans. What is clear is that Scott should not stop stitching together the worlds of his movies with just Alien, Blade Runner, and Prometheus, not when there are so many more movies in his ouvre! To wit:
• At the end of 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven, when King Richard the Lionheart invites Orlando Bloom to join his crusade? Just off camera sits fellow crusader Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), who would go on to be come the title hero of Scott’s 2010 Robin Hood!
• The military drones used in 2008’s Body of Lies? Masterminded by high ranking military bigwig and G.I. Jane herself Jordan O’Neil (Demi Moore)!
• The 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible featured so prominently in 1991’s Thelma & Louise? Originally owned by American Gangster‘s Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) and sold at a government auction for a steal!
• The black rain of 1989’s Black Rain? A few drops of irradiated moisture from it eventually becomes the white squall of 1996’s White Squall!
Your turn! A gold star for anyone who figures out how to connect 1985’s dark fantasy adventure Legend with 2003’s light con man comedy Matchstick Men.