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And now Ridley Scott's Prometheus is not just a quasi-prequel to Alien but also a quasi-sequel to Blade Runner. Or, at the very least, the director has made it clear that both films take place in the same universe while establishing a direct link between key players.

Allow me to explain.

Human replacement technology factors large into both franchises - androids in Alien, replicants in Blade Runner - and now an Easter Egg included in the UK steelbook release of Prometheus has made it clear that not only were these two rival systems developed in the same world but that their respective creators - Peter Weyland in Alien, Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner - were not only alive and working in the same world but that the duo had a mentor-student relationship. How so? Check the image below, a supposed email from Peter Weyland detailing the relationship.

The obvious question now is with Scott developing sequels to both Prometheus and Blade Runner, will this relationship become more explicit or is this just a one off to get fans talking?


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Callan RoweOctober 7, 2012 6:23 PM

Ridley Scott’s past films need to file a restraining order against him. Leave them alone Ridley!

ZetobeltOctober 7, 2012 7:43 PM

Ridley Scott... the new George Lucas?

naws1983October 7, 2012 8:19 PM

AVU (Aliens vs. Unicorns).

Carlos Norcia MoraisOctober 8, 2012 12:22 AM

Besides not actually agreeing to what that means for the original films, I think that's also very disrespectful towards Philip K. Dick's original work.

trogdorOctober 8, 2012 2:13 AM


KilarboxOctober 8, 2012 5:37 AM

What's next, Batman x SpongeBob x LOTR crossover?

Elsie ParoubekOctober 8, 2012 10:14 AM


Gospel XOctober 8, 2012 10:21 AM

Considering how little Blade Runner had to do with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, I think your statement is a bit hyperbolic.

Hiroaki JohnsonOctober 8, 2012 11:33 AM

Nothing really wrong with the link, it's just that bit of material is done exceptionally shitty and is the wrong voice for Weyland.

Carlos Norcia MoraisOctober 8, 2012 10:23 PM

I'd say it's not exactly a problem for us who read the original material and have seen the films over and over through the years.
But let's consider what could happen should they actually star selling us the idea that the Alien films and Blade Runner are all part of the same big franchise. Considering all the people who have never seen either Alien or Blade Runner, who will get to know the latest and hear a lot about how it is based on one of the most famous pieces of work by Philip K. Dick, I think setting these two classics together in a supposedly same universe means taking attention away from the fact that Blade Runner was actually based on something else and focus it on a make-believe "hey, it was all planned all along, it was always happening in the same universe and we just happened to read something and thought it was kinda like what we had in mind for that fictional universe we were building, so we took it and threw it in the mix".
Adaptations are always free to go as far away as necessary from the original material for the sake of a good movie. But I still think that connection "diminishes" the influence of K. Dick on Blade Runner. An influence which I believe (despite all the differences between Do Androids... and Blade Runner) is very important.

BongBongOctober 8, 2012 11:17 PM

Yes, screwing up his legacy... one film at a time.

lulsindeedSeptember 6, 2013 12:15 PM

On this page; fan boys taking nods to other movies waaaaaaaaay out of context.......