If you’re not much of a fan of the two Alien vs Predator movies, then Prometheus is giving you a huge present! In the first AVP movie, Lance Henriksen played Charles Bishop Weyland, the founder of the future Weyland-Yutani Corporation that causes so much trouble in the Alien movies. Well, Prometheus is acting like that never happened.
According to Bleeding Cool, Ridley Scott was quoted in an Hungarian newspaper where he reveals the character that Guy Pearce plays in Prometheus:
When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.
The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.
So the founder of Weyland-Yutani is Peter Weyland and he’s in Promethues. AVP is officially retconned and we can forget about it.