There are many mysteries surrounding Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The greater mysteries, questions left unanswered and general messiness of the film itself is why some people love it. One of the big questions left hanging in Prometheus is what exactly did David say to the Engineer? Here’s the answer.
David (Michael Fassbender) was studying an ancient language at the beginning of the film. According to The Bioscopist the language was actually Proto-Indo-European (PIE), which Michael Fassbender learned from Dr. Anil Biltoo, the language consultant on the film, of the SOAS Language Centre in London. He explains that there was a longer piece of dialogue edited out of the final cut of Prometheus.
Here’s line David spoke to the Engineer and Dr. Biltoo’s translation:
/ida hman?m a? kja nam?tuh zd?:taha/…/gh??vah-pjorn-?ttham sas da:t? kredah/
Which loosely translates to:
This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.
It’s a small detail in the scope of the film but an interesting tidbit nevertheless. It’s unclear if this makes the movie better or worse but it does give insight to Peter Weyland himself, as a man wanting to live forever and willing to do anything to achieve it. It’s also unclear why the Engineer would kill someone for this request. Post your theories in the comments below.