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Is Ridley Scott trying to tie Prometheus and Blade Runner into the same universe?

10.08.2012

Peter Weyland and Eldon Tyrell

Here's the problem when you include Easter Eggs and othe bits of fun fan service in your work: sometimes its done so well, and inspires such fascinating possibilities, that it's hard for the fans to have any idea whether you're hinting at something new or just f***ing around. Because the simple desire to believe may give that Easter Egg a whole new weight you never intended, leading to disappointment when it turns out to have been merely a bit of fun.  Play with fire, and you may just get burned...

For example, take this screenshot from a UK steelbook release of PROMETHEUS (similar special features are not confirmed for US release yet) shared via Reddit.  The lines of text you see below are attributed to Guy Pearce's character of Peter Weyland.

Prometheus and Blade Runner Easter Egg

For those of you who may not be grinning (or glowering) with recognition right now, here's what's being referenced and thereby may or may not be going on: Weylan seems to be rather clearly referring to the character of Eldon Tyrell from BLADE RUNNER, CEO of that film's Tyrell Corporation.  Much of BLADE RUNNER's plot hinges on the existence of synthetic human creations called Replicants who bear implanted memories that deceive them into thinking they're human, a connection you'll note in the line above with Weyland referring to "those genetic abominations he enslaved and sold off-world, although his idea to implant them with flase memories..."  Further, Weyland refers to his mentor as someone who "ran his corporation like a God on top of a pyramid overlooking a city of Angels."  Well, Tyrell's office in BLADE RUNNER was located at the top of a pyramid-shaped building in the midst of Los Angeles.   Insofar as more oblique referencing may go, Weyland describes how this mentor told him "it was time to put away childish things" and abandon his "toys."  In one of BLADE RUNNER's very best scenes, Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard visits the apartment of Tyrell's once-android designer and collaborator J.F. Sebastian, a man who has since turned to building amazing mechanical toys.

So there you have it.  Does this mean we'll see Ridley Scott's rumored BLADE RUNNER follow-up as a post-PROMETHEUS 2 project? Would you mind if this was just a bit of fun? Do you want to see the two universes connected? Do androids dream of electric sheep? I don't know, but I certainly wouldn't mind finding out the answers on the sooner side of things.

More as we hear it.  PROMETHEUS hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

Blade Runner cityscape

BLADE RUNNER's Los Angeles

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Extra Tidbit: Which do you think has had a greater effect on the evolution of the sci-fi genre: BLADE RUNNER or ALIEN?
Source: Screen Crush

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8:28PM on 10/08/2012
This is a bad, bad idea.
This is a bad, bad idea.
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12:44PM on 10/08/2012
Looks more like a joke to me. I found this very amusing and even laughed, but I don't really take it seriously. It's just a funny fan thing as far as I'm concerned. Nice easter egg though.
Looks more like a joke to me. I found this very amusing and even laughed, but I don't really take it seriously. It's just a funny fan thing as far as I'm concerned. Nice easter egg though.
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12:39PM on 10/08/2012
You know that's funny cause just yesterday I was watching the final cut of Blade Runner on dvd, and I was wondering this very same thing. I wonder if we do get a sequel to Blade Runner if there will be hints of Weyland and his corporation in it?
You know that's funny cause just yesterday I was watching the final cut of Blade Runner on dvd, and I was wondering this very same thing. I wonder if we do get a sequel to Blade Runner if there will be hints of Weyland and his corporation in it?
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10:26AM on 10/08/2012
Not too sure how I'd feel about it if it were the case, but Ridley Scott has dropped some hints, including referring to David from Prometheus as a "Replicant" (though it just as well may be a slip of the tongue). Re the extra tidbit, I'd say Blade Runner has definitely had a bigger impact on science fiction films, being one of the main forces responsible for the "future noir" style everyone seems to take after. However, I prefer Alien as a film.
Not too sure how I'd feel about it if it were the case, but Ridley Scott has dropped some hints, including referring to David from Prometheus as a "Replicant" (though it just as well may be a slip of the tongue). Re the extra tidbit, I'd say Blade Runner has definitely had a bigger impact on science fiction films, being one of the main forces responsible for the "future noir" style everyone seems to take after. However, I prefer Alien as a film.
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10:07AM on 10/08/2012

NOOOOOOOOO!

Oh please don't! Just leave Blade Runner alone!!
Next thing is Wolfgang Petersen creating a connection between "Das Boot" and "The Neverending Story".

And don't call me fanboy. I just like Blade Runner as what it is. It doesn't need a connection to another franchise.
Oh please don't! Just leave Blade Runner alone!!
Next thing is Wolfgang Petersen creating a connection between "Das Boot" and "The Neverending Story".

And don't call me fanboy. I just like Blade Runner as what it is. It doesn't need a connection to another franchise.
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9:47AM on 10/08/2012
Extra tidbit: I'd say Blade Runner - a big milestone in action/science fiction movies.
Extra tidbit: I'd say Blade Runner - a big milestone in action/science fiction movies.
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10:42AM on 10/08/2012
Agreed. Alien is a lot of fun - but it's not asking you to think about anything important.

Alien gets on board. Mission is a pretense; AI screws over crew. Alien hunts down grew, Ripley survives. It's a great story, but its not very ponderous. IMHO, the best science fiction, in film and books, are those stories that are set in the fantastic, but leave you asking questions relevant to real life.
Agreed. Alien is a lot of fun - but it's not asking you to think about anything important.

Alien gets on board. Mission is a pretense; AI screws over crew. Alien hunts down grew, Ripley survives. It's a great story, but its not very ponderous. IMHO, the best science fiction, in film and books, are those stories that are set in the fantastic, but leave you asking questions relevant to real life.
11:36AM on 10/08/2012
You're absolutely right. Personally aside from Blade Runner, Inception made me think a lot and gave me a crave to watch it at least one more time. These two movies ask us viewers a very poignant question.
You're absolutely right. Personally aside from Blade Runner, Inception made me think a lot and gave me a crave to watch it at least one more time. These two movies ask us viewers a very poignant question.
9:08AM on 10/08/2012

Please let this be true

I think if the fanboys can put aside their nitpicking of the timeline inaccuracies, this could potentially be a wondrous thing. The merging of two beloved sci-fi universes is exciting to me - but I am prematurely wincing at what will sure to be an onslaught of hatred from the purists.

(Tidbit: Blade Runner, easily. You can see its influence in virtually every science fiction film of the last 30 years.)
I think if the fanboys can put aside their nitpicking of the timeline inaccuracies, this could potentially be a wondrous thing. The merging of two beloved sci-fi universes is exciting to me - but I am prematurely wincing at what will sure to be an onslaught of hatred from the purists.

(Tidbit: Blade Runner, easily. You can see its influence in virtually every science fiction film of the last 30 years.)
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