There’s an interesting and frank interview with Ridley Scott over on Filmophilia who spoke to him back in July when he was filming in Iceland. There’s a few interesting points. He says that the film isn’t directly related to Alien but at the end of the third act, you’ll start to realise there’s a DNA of the first alien but not of the subsequent aliens. He then mentions what exactly Giger’s involvement was in the film. It wasn’t as extensive as we first thought and he just designed some murals for a chamber. He then theorizes what the Space Jockey creature actually is, and reiterating that it’s just a suit for something else. He talks about what Noomi brings to the film and how she compares with Sigourney Weaver. Finally, Ridley states that we won’t see the original xenomorph in the movie. Here’s the best bits:
EGE: Will you be using any of Giger’s original design for this film?
RS: We’ve had a pretty good relationship with Giger for many years. I was the first one to go see him in Switzerland, and persuade him to get on a plane. He wouldn’t get on a plane, because he was afraid of flying. And he finally came to Shepperton. He was with me for eleven months. Never went into town, stayed over a pub in Shepperton. Very non-Giger, not exotic. You’d think he’d be in a suite in a hotel. He’s in a pub. He was in a room over a pub, and he was very happy there. And yeah, I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he’s doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.
EGE: Final question. I have a feeling what the answer will be, but many want to know. Will we see the original xenomorph in Prometheus?
RS: No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He (the xenomorph) did very well. (He laughs) He survived, he’s now in Disneyland in Orlando, and no way am I going back there. How did he end up in Disneyland? I saw him in Disneyland, Jesus Christ!
Thanks to Darkoo for the news.