If Fox had a dollar for every searching article about the meaning of Prometheus then that industry would probably prove more lucrative than their hit Alien prequel. Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster has teased us and stirred up passionate debate since long before its release, with an enigmatic marketing campaign and a final film that alludes to more answers than it gives away outright. It's arguably a topic of conversation first and a movie second. But now it seems the lauded director has gone and spoiled the pontificating for everybody by giving concrete answers (and in some detail) to some of the biggest questions. In what could be a serious blow to the flourishing "let's all talk about Prometheus" community, The Playlist have published the following quotes from the Blade Runner legend himself: SPOILERS AHEAD!!! On the opening scene:
"... sequence at the beginning of the film that is fundamentally creation. Its a donation, in the sense that the weight and the construction of the DNA of those aliens is way beyond what we can possibly imagine"
But is it happening on Earth?:
"No, it doesn't have to be. That could be anywhere. That could be a planet anywhere. All hes doing is acting as a gardener in space. And the plant life, in fact, is the disintegration of himself. If you parallel that idea with other sacrificial elements in history which are clearly illustrated with the Mayans and the Incas he would live for one year as a prince, and at the end of that year, he would be taken and donated to the gods in hopes of improving what might happen next year, be it with crops or weather, et cetera."
On whether we made our creators hate us and how:
"We definitely did... if you look at it as an 'our children are misbehaving down there' scenario, there are moments where it looks like weve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, 'Lets send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it.' Guess what? They crucified him."
So Jesus was an alien folks! That and Ridley Scott seems to think people "running around in skirts" is the stuff of apocalyptic nightmare. Here he is on whether or not there's a Prometheus 2 in the pipeline (short answer: yes):
"Well, from the very beginning, I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I really dont want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to saying, 'I dont want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from. I always had it in there that the God-like creature that you will see actually is not so nice, and is certainly not God."
So what is the creature we see?:
"In a funny kind of way, if you look at the Engineers, theyre tall and elegant they are dark angels. If you look at 'Paradise Lost,' the guys who have the best time in the story are the dark angels, not God. So boil it all down, and humanity was the offspring of some dark/rogue angels? That would seem to be the gist of it, and we guess that's where a "Prometheus 2" would go if/when that should ever happen. Now 'Prometheus' is ready to go off in its own direction on its own entirely different tangent that is not going to be reliant on the things we've seen a thousand times before."
Which sounds like a clear way of saying future Prometheus installments won't be so strongly tied to the Alien franchise. So assembled Prometheus fans, what do you make of all that then? Has Ridley given you the answers you were seeking or has he ruined it all for you? Let us know your thoughts below.
A regular film and video games contributor for What Culture, Robert also writes reviews and features for The Daily Telegraph, GamesIndustry.biz and The Big Picture Magazine as well as his own Beames on Film blog. He also has essays and reviews in a number of upcoming books by Intellect.