Secrecy continues to surround Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated prologue to Alien (1979). Details have been scarce, minus the stellar casting announcements. Today brings an unofficial synopsis and it’s a bit of an eye-opener.
i09 received a tip from someone close to the film, who purports to know the plot. See what you make of it:
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.
If this is real, then you’ve got to give Scott and 20th Century Fox credit for coming up with something different. The director talked about the presence of the “Space Jockey” (left) in early press for the film, and that we’d see other incarnations of the iconic xenomorph, so this is entirely plausible. A change in look for the creature might be a shrewd move after the sequels and tie-in merchandise diluted the power of H.R. Giger’s beast.
My only concern is discovering too much.
Alien worked because we didn’t know where the hell it came from, or why those eggs were abandoned on that derelict spacecraft in the first place. We knew as much as the unfortunate souls on the Nostromo. To paraphrase a famous quote, do we really need to know why Hannibal Lecter eats people? There’s fear in the unknown, and horror franchises have been destroyed by a needless desire to unravel the monster.
We don’t require an explanation, but if Scott is able to pull this off then it could be a pretty fascinating (and ballsy) film. The script comes from Lost scribe Damon Lindelof, and stars Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender. There’s reason to be optimistic.
Let’s hope Fox release a statement soon and shed some light on the project. Prometheus is pencilled-in for 1st June 2012. I’m praying they get this one right.