At long last, the Alien prequel that fans have dreamily discussed is set to arrive on June 8, 2012. Well, kinda. The long-awaited origin story has been started, scrapped, and now resurrected as Prometheus. Director Ridley Scott says the movie focuses on a “higher being” who takes on the Gods in order to get fire. Somehow, the end of this adaptation of a Greek myth ties into the beloved movie series.
Scott told the Wall Street Journal that the “last eight minutes” of the Prometheus movie develops into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.” Actor Rafe Spall confirms on the BBC2 show Something for the Weekend that this movie “is part of the Alien franchise,” but laughs that he can’t really say much about the movie’s content.
Indeed, Scott is dead-set on keeping things under wraps. Spall further reveals that the director has gone so far as to hire security guards for the set.
The only additional information Scott provides is that Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley will not be the missing link. Otherwise, while the director professes excitement about directing a sci-fi script that “developed and came out really well,” he’s given anxious fans very little to go on about what’s in it.
Speculation runs rampant. Do those last minutes, perhaps the most hotly anticipated eight minutes in film circles, focus on the derelict ship’s crash on LB-426? Given the movie’s all-human cast (damnable Screen Actors’ Guild regulations) and purportedly limited use of CGI, it seems unlikely that the film focuses on the unfortunate crew that made first known contact with face-huggers and chest-bursters.
In that case, are Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender of X-Men: First Class, Idris Elba of The Wire, and Spall unwitting employees of a proto-Weyland-Yutani Corporation whose discovery ultimately leads to the Nostromo’s destruction?
Are the aliens, as some fans have mused, Prometheus’ punishment for stealing fire from the gods? Is Prometheus a set-up for a second movie that deals more directly with the alien invasion?
Until Sir Ridley Scott releases a trailer or one of his actors gets more loose-lipped, Alien fans will have to continue trolling the internet, feeding each other’s greatest hopes and darkest fears. In the meantime, we can take comfort in knowing that at long last, there will soon be answers. Maybe.
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Written by Bree Kornblum Katz (@breekatz)
Bree writes when she is not skiing off cliffs, facing down funnel clouds, or plumbing the depths of the internet. She's published short stories with Dead Dog Press, Six Sentences, and BlazeVOX and currently blogs about her hair-raising experiences in the Rocky Mountains at extremetothemax.com. She's still waiting on her… More »
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