Prometheus: First Look

Posted by Grey Saturday, December 3, 2011

Long shrouded in mystery, we finally get to have our first look at Ridley Scott’s upcoming probable prequel to the Alien film franchise, Prometheus.

Originally announced as a prequel to the well-regarded Alien film series, Prometheus is no doubt Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi horror genre that was defined by his 1979 critically acclaimed film that started the franchise. Easily making the list of the most anticipated films of 2012 for that exact reason, the most enduring question on Prometheus would be its actual relation to the Alien franchise.

With members of the cast, screenwriter, spokesperson of 20th Century Fox, and even the director himself tip-toeing on the line of the film's probable prequel status, we are not as certain as we would have like to be on the point as well. And it is in scenarios as such that our curiosity arose that all the uncertainty are likely to be accredited to both the general box office records of past prequels as well as the likelihood of a major revelation in the ending of the film that will be much more effective in its current unknown status. That said, the 73-year-old director did gave us a brief description of the film, in an interview with The Independent:

"The film will be really tough, really nasty. It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"

Based on the brief description as well as the title being the name of the Demigod who stole fire from Zeus in Greek mythology, it certainly makes a strong case for the rumored plot mentioned at iO9 that was described as "way off" by representatives from 20th Century Fox. More on that later.

Earlier last month, Entertainment Weekly managed to secure an exclusive first look of Prometheus with some cool new images from the set of the film. And now, 20th Century Fox has released these hi-res versions of these images. Among these images, you can Noomi Rapace (as Elizabeth Shaw), Michael Fassbender (as the Android, David), and Logan Marshall-Green (as Holloway) exploring the eerie strange planet, as well as Charlize Theron (as Meredith Vickers) and Idris Elba (as Captain Janek) on the bridge of the eponymous ship. Hit the jump to check out these images.

Here's the official synopsis of the film:

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

As mentioned earlier, here's the rumored plot we mentioned earlier, courtesy of iO9. Needless to say, potential spoiler lies within.

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.

Prometheus is currently scheduled to be released on June 8th, 2012. As confirmed by the director, both PG-13 and R-rated cuts of the film will be submitted to Fox for review when the film is finalized.


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