Exclusive: The 'Blade Runner' - 'Prometheus' Connection Explained

Exclusive: The 'Blade Runner' - 'Prometheus' Connection Explained

Oct 09, 2012

We told you yesterday how Prometheus almost included the year’s craziest sex scene and how the film is, apparently, linked to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece Blade Runner, but don’t start mixing your Peter Weyland and your Dr. Eldon Tyrell mythologies just yet, fans.

We spoke with Charles de Lauzirika, Prometheus Blu-ray producer and director of the exhaustive documentary The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus found on the Blu-ray 3D combo pack, this morning to get the scoop about just how that supposed connection made its way on the Blu-ray release.

“That was me having fun and being cutesy,” said a laughing Charles de Lauzirika when asked about the connection. “I wrote all that stuff. I actually said this at the press conference they had in London, which is that if it’s in the film, it’s canon. I would argue that the viral pieces that are included in the Peter Weyland Files are canon just because they originated with Ridley and Damon Lindelof. I would say those, to some degree, are canon. But anything else – especially these which are kind of like little cute, embedded text graphics on the menus – I wouldn’t take those too seriously. It’s just meant to be an in-universe framework for those viral pieces.

“As a Blade Runner fan, and because there’s been so much talk before this even occurred with people on the Internet speculating that maybe Alien and Blade Runner and Prometheus could all exist in the same universe, it was just more of a wink at that. Absolutely nothing to be taken seriously. I mean, I sent it to Ridley and he had no comment. [Laughs] So, it’s just icing on top of icing. It’s not the cake. It’s a fun, little side thing that’s very superficial. And, by the way, it in no way officially establishes that it’s Blade Runner because, if a lawyer were to comb through that, there’s no reference to Tyrell or anything in Blade Runner. It’s just a very lightly intentioned joke.”

So it looks like the connection is more from the mind of producer-director (and uber fan) Charles de Lauzirika than it is from Ridley Scott himself. It may not be “canon,” but it sure is interesting.


You can see Charles de Lauzirika’s exhaustive documentary "The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus" on the Blu-ray 3D combo pack of Prometheus only, which is in stores now.

And keep an eye out for our full interview with Charles de Lauzirika coming up this week!

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