I dunno about you but I am tired of hearing about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. First we heard it was to an ‘Alien’ prequel, then Scott axed that idea and supposedly rehashed it play in the same universe but be it’s own film. Rumors circulate about Xenomorphs, but Scott denies. Then we hear a bunch of talk about the infamous Space Jockey (big weird skeletal tumor thing from ‘Alien’ as seen above), but Scott won’t confirm or deny. The mystery surrounding this ever evolving project has garnered hype that the final project will never satisfy. Argh! just tell me what the hell this movie is about goddammit!
Actually, my curiosity may have just been settled. Someone supposedly close to the production has spilled the beans. Supposedly.
Earth. Year 2058.
Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that humans were genetically engineered by a advanced alien race (space jockeys). These “Alien Gods” also terraformed Earth in order to make it habitable for their human creations. Amongst finds are coordinates to the Alien God’s home-world, to Paradise. Months later the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship PROMETHEUS and his crew, into deep space to make first contact. Thanks to faster than light travel a few years later the PROMETHEUS enters the Zeta Riticuli star system. Humans are greeted by their makers, then transported further into space to a scary yet fascinating world. The Alien Gods are proud of their “children”, their first creation to reach such levels of intelligence.
As a reward they share bits of their astonishing bio-based technologies with the humans. But for one crew member of the Prometheus it’s not enough. In a treacherous act he steals the “bio-source code” to Terraforming, a technology at the origin of all Gods’ power, that could make humans equal to the gods. The Alien Gods may be scientists but are also ruthless conquerors, destroyers of worlds who will not accept humans as equals. They unleash on the escaping human crew their favorite bio-weapon, a creature used to “clean up” worlds before colonization. But something goes wrong in the process and humans manage to turn the bio-weapon against their makers. Giving birth to a smarter, nastier, bigger breed of gut eating creatures. Creatures that will be the demise of Paradise. What’s left of the Prometheus crew manages to escape the doomed planet.
On their trail a survivor Alien God in very familiar ship with one ultimate mission.
Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.
Before we pass judgment, the above synopsis could just be fan-fiction. However, a lot of it does speak to some of the details Scott revealed a few short days ago. He had tip-toed around the subject, revealing very little, but he explained the Greek mythical reference, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man — is deliberate. He went on to say how the script is influenced by ancient astronaut theory, which holds that aliens kick-started civilization on earth. However, “Creature clean-up crew” (referring to Xenomorhps) is contradictory to Scott’s past comments. He’s been pretty insistent that the mouth snapping, tail whipping, bug like bad-asses won’t make an appearance.
If all this valid, it’s like a cross between Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock . Regardless, I kind of dig it. I know what Scott is capable of and I have faith that this will hit on the same Sci-Fi horror notes as the first two Alien movies.