While details on the connection between Ridley Scott's upcoming Prometheus and the Alien movies of yore are few and far between, a tidbit dropped in a new interview indicates that the two could have even more in common than we first thought.
We already knew the flicks would share the "space jockey" found on the ship in the first Alien, but Scott has now spilled that we will be meeting Peter Weyland himself—aka the namesake of the Weyland-Yutani company that sent the Nostromo ship in Alien.
As reported by AVP Galaxy, Scott told IC Press that Guy Pearce will be playing Yutani, owner of the Prometheus.
"The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce," Scott said, via translation from the Hungarian news site. "That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well."
Scott went on to say fictional companies like Weyland-Yutani play into his imagined version of a darker, more privatized future.
"When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies," he said. "This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship."
Sound off: Do you like the inclusion of Yutani to tie Prometheus closer to the Alien mythos, or do you think the two should stick to different sandboxes in the same playground?