Hey, folks. Watch this clip, a viral video that popped up on JoBlo.com and other sites around the web this past week. It's promoting Prometheus, Ridley Scott's pseudo-prequel to Alien due later this year:
Now who the hell is Peter Weyland? Because Lance Henriksen already portrayed a character named Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien Vs. Predator. Check him out at the beginning of this trailer.
So who’s the Weyland of the evil Weyland-Yutani Corporation from the original Alien, Peter or Charles Bishop?
Maybe Ridley Scott and company have simply retconned the Charles Bishop Weyland character out of existence and replaced him with Peter? The former character’s IMDb page lists Pearce and Henriksen as essentially playing the same part. Seems like kind of a strange move by the Prometheus crew.
Don’t get me wrong – I know AVP (and its sequel) – sucks hard. It shows you what people who want to piss on two great franchises at the same time can accomplish when they really put their minds to it. Lance Henricksen as Weyland was one of the few – if only – things the film got right, however. It was a cool bit of connective tissue between the original Alien films and AVP plus it made sense that Bishop, the android character Henricksen portrayed in Aliens and Alien3, was modeled after one of the founders of the company that created him.
Scott and company have most likely just ignored the AVP character. I guess the director can do whatever he wants, since he did start the franchise all the way back in '79. And Guy Pearce always turns in a great performance, even in a brief viral video.
So what do you guys think? Who's the real Weyland? Are Peter and Charles Bishop two separate characters in the same story or is one of them bogus?