The internets are abuzz about the upcoming release from Ridley Scott. Prometheus is to be released on the 8th of June 2012 and the promotion ship has well and truly taken off. The biggest debate is over whether the film is in fact a prequel to Ridley Scott’s genre-defining Alien. Even with the director apparently dismissing claims of it being a prequel, fans are still eager to hunt for clues to connect the films.
The plot for the new movie obviously takes its lead from Greek mythology, wherein Prometheus, a Titan, was in charge of moulding humans out of clay. As he attempted to improve the lives of the human race he would clash with Zeus, and in an act of betrayal he stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. For this he was chained to a rock and his constantly regenerating liver was eaten daily by an eagle. So what has this got to do with the film? Well, archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artefacts that show that humans were genetically engineered by by an advanced alien race know as “space jockeys”, and amongst the artefacts are co-ordinates to the alien home world.
So our intrepid crew traipse off to meet our makers, and the alien gods are proud of their creation gaining such a level of intelligence. They share amazing bio-technologies with the crew but as in the old mythology one of them steals the bio-code, which is the source of the gods’ power. To say that they are unamused is an understatement and they unleash what is only described as a bio-weapon that is used to clean up planets before colonisation. There are some final twists and turns to the plot but I don’t want to give everything away!
Now as for the links to the Alien franchise there are a few that scream this is a prequel. The most obvious point is the company that is in charge of sending the ship to the further reached of space. Weyland Industries are the corporation responsible for the mission. Where have I heard that name before? Well in Alien the ill-fated mission was being commanded by none other than Weyland-Yutani. Is this just a coincidence? Twice involved with running into one of the most bad ass organisms in space? We feel that is more than just bad luck.
If you have a bit of spare time and fancy getting involved in the ongoing discussion about if this film is the alien prequel then you should check out the film’s homepage, which has more guessing and arguing than you can shake a stick at. In another interesting promotional move a video has been released mocking up a TED talk with Peter Weyland asking if he can change the world.
To be honest I am not sure how much of a prequel this film is, Ridley Scott has said it is definitely not. Perhaps this is all just a very well executed advertising campaign but at the same time there are too many similarities for it to have no link at all – perhaps it just happens in the same ‘universe’. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Do you think that Prometheus is a prequel? Or is this just a very good way to get buzz going for the film? Let us know what you think in the comments.