Speaking at the CineEurope film festival, Scott noted that “NASA and the Vatican agree that [it] is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today without there being a little help along the way. That’s what we’re looking at [in the film], at some of Eric van Daniken’s ideas of how did we humans come about.” In a series of books which were very popular in the late 1960s and 1970s, Von Daniken suggested that mankind’s progress had been kick-started by alien astronauts visiting Earth.
It was confirmed that although Promethus is not the direct prequel to Scott’s hit Alien that was originally proposed, the new film occupies “the same general universe”, and was inspired by a desire to know more about the Space Jockey discovered by the crewmembers of the Nostromo in the 1979 film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Michael Fassbender also hinted that his character, David, might be a version of the androids played in the Alien film series by Ian Holm and Lance Henriksen.
Prometheus is currently shooting at Pinewood Studios, and opens on June 8, 2012.
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