In terms of its content, it sounds as though the sequel is moving away from the Ancient Aliens conspiracy theories of Prometheus and moving closer to Alien, and Scott confirmed that the film is “getting away from gods and dragons and shit.
“If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons.”
It’s tough to know exactly what Ridley Scott means by dragons – within the movies the term was used to refer to the Xenomorph itself by the monastic prisoners in Alien 3.
Or he could just be using it in the narrative sense to mean any threat that has to be slain by the protagonist, as documented in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces.
Confusingly, he likes some dragons, describing the original 1977 Xenomorph as “the definitive dragon and he’s a motherfucker. The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history.”
Scott adds that as far as Prometheus 2 goes, “what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act.”
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