The DNA links of Alien and Prometheus

Earlier this year, famed sci-fi director Ridley Scott confirmed that there would be a connection between his upcoming Prometheus film and the classic Alien franchise.

“A keen fan will recognize strands of Alien‘s DNA,” was all he said at the time.

Fortunately, Scott recently revealed more about the mysterious DNA link in an interview with The Wall Street Journal

According to Scott, the connection will appear in the final scenes of the film.

Specifically: the final 8 minutes, which – if the film follows conventional timing – is the second half of the falling action, sometimes called the ‘return to normalcy’, in which the audience gets to see what the world will be like for the characters going forward.

Interestingly enough, although the film is technically a prequel, the connections are likely to be hidden from the audience until after the resolution of the primary conflict – creating a recursive continuance (like the end of Star Wars Episode 3).

During the interview, Scot also confirmed Sigourney Weaver would not be appearing in the film and noted that much of the film would be shot with real sets, rather than CGI backgrounds.

In addition, Scott briefly discussed why it’s been so long since he last worked on a genre film.

“I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” he said. “[Yet, Prometheus] developed and came out extremely well.”

The film will be a modern take on the Prometheus myth, in which a hero steals the knowledge of fire from the gods, and brings it to man, for which he is eternally, painfully punished. Here’s the official synopsis:

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Prometheus, which stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson, hits theaters on June 8, 2012.