...The central metaphor of “Prometheus” is about a “higher being” who challenges the gods, and the gods don’t want to give him fire. “Fire is our first form of technology,” Scott says, and so by taking fire, the higher being is punished “in perpetuity in a horrible fashion.” Much like the story of the mythological god, Prometheus, who stole fire from Zeus and for his actions was bound to a rock with an eagle eternally devouring his liver...
Excerpt is taken from http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/11/07/ridley-scott-spills-the-secrets-of-prometheus/?mod=google_news_blog
That's a direct link to Greek myth, at last!
Well I think it's a bit bigger than that as he suggests that the Jockey's and Engineers aren't one in the same.
Yes, looks like that! And a “higher being” is probably Engineer!
We've known about the gods angle since last year; and Prometheus is one step away from Alien; finally, the original Alien was infused with Lovecraftian overtones. (Finally finally; he's speaking figuratively. The gods are seemingly engineers of space, an ancient alien race. The Space Jockeys, perhaps.)
Yes, I also think Mr. Scott speaks metaphotically about the gods, at least, Prometheus is ascertained to be sci fi genre movie, not religious and philosophical one.
so the gods are just advanced aliens and not super-natural entities? well that is good then. Actual gods would not fit in with the alien franchise.
Actually, every paranormal thing, untill being explained will seem as miraculous trick to us.
And in the light of what Ridley said during his interview, Paradise story spoiler comes even more likily: there is an Engeneer, awaken after a extremely long hypersleep, Vickers' chest explodes in the very end of the story...