The ‘Prometheus’ Viral Campaign Continues and Ridley Scott Reveals Why the Engineers are Pissed Off [Spoilers!]
Prometheus held a pretty stellar viral campaign that really amped up our anticipation for the film. It included the commericial for David, Peter Weyland’s TED speech and lots more. Some might even say they shared too much. And even though the film’s released they’re still plugging away at their viral campaign.
At the ends of the credits for Prometheus there was a website, What Is 10-11-12?, and if you went there it revealed a clip a Guy Pearce as Weyland before he gives his TED speech. It also features a book called Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. In the video Weyland says to himself, “I am a law only for my kind, I am no law for all,” which sounds pretty frickin’ ominous, particularly if combine it with the quote seen on Nietzche’s book, “What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not the end.” The clip is below,
It’s possible if you explore around the site you’ll uncover more secrets, but as of now this is all we’ve found. And none of it is an answer for what is 10.11.12?!? Clearly it’s a date and by using the alternate ways to read dates it could be either October 11th, 2012 or Novermber 10th, 2012. Any thoughts?
Now, if you’re looking for answers to some questions, because yeah, Prometheus left a lot of stuff unanswered, Ridley Scott has basically told us why the Engineers got pissed at humanity and wanted us dead. Hit the jump to find out why.
Here’s Scott’s quote from a recent Worst Previews,
The film clearly shows that Engineers created life on Earth and then guided humans throughout our development, one day hoping that we would come visit them. But we did something very bad. So bad, that it upset the Engineers. And according to the movie, whatever we did, happened two thousand years ago. The only thing that could be is that we killed Jesus, who apparently was an Engineer as well. Here is a quote from Scott: “If you look at it as an ‘our children are misbehaving down there’ scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, ‘Let’s send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it.’ Guess what? They crucified him.“
Yeah, this isn’t going to piss anyone off. No, not at all.
I find it to be an interesting reason and also adds a lot of weight to subtext to scenes where Noomi Rapace‘s character is clinging to her cross. But at the same time this simple explanation takes away much of the film’s abiguity and I think that’s where the fun is. What do you guys think of Scott’s, “We killed Jesus and that’s why our space parents hate us,” reasoning?