Ridley Scott’s much-speculated-about Prometheus has been making headlines (in good and bad ways) of late, thanks to a bootlegged version of the film’s teaser trailer and scanned images from a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly being leaked online. The film’s theatrical preview is still expected to be released before 2011 draws to a close, and will likely show before one of the upcoming holiday’s seasons bigger titles.

We now have high-resolution, official versions of the aforementioned EW Prometheus pics, including a non-watermarked version of the (previously) second officially-released still frame from the film. In addition, the CEO of 20th Century Fox has provided his own take on just how Scott’s new movie is connected to the director’s classic sci-fi/horror creation, Alien.

First, check out the official synopsis for Prometheus:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

It has also been indicated that said “team of scientists and explorers” discover a planet that reveals the truth behind humanity’s origins – and, eventually, find themselves locked in a desperate battle to save themselves and the inhabitants of Earth, after one of their own incurs the wrath of their “god-like” extraterrestrial creators (an allegorical reference to the myth of the Greek Titan, Prometheus).

Get an early look at those human characters and the “distant world” in the Prometheus images below:

There is definitely a recognizable H.R. Giger-inspired aesthetic at work in these Prometheus pics, encompassing everything from the astronaut’s spacesuits to the strange (stone?) monolithic head figure and the “Ampule Room.” Scott’s decision to primarily utilize practical effects seems to be paying off well, as the film’s production design is convincingly texturized and eye-catching. Previous promises from Prometheus co-scribe Damon Lindelof and starlet Charlize Theron that the film should look fantastic in 3D also appear to be right on the money.

On that note: 20th Century Fox co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman recently bemoaned the early leaking of the Prometheus teaser, partially because he says that “… the quality of the [film’s] visuals is as spectacularly beautiful, shot in 3-D compositionally the way only a master could do it… I will promise you this: When that material is ready and it comes out, you should go see it in 3-D on a [theater] screen. It will deliver.”

MTV also pushed Rothman to provide some additional insight on the extent of the link between Prometheus and the Alien franchise: a question that will be on everyone’s minds, thanks to the new images released from the former (ex. Idris Elba’s Prometheus character appears to be wearing a shirt with the Weyland-Yutani logo).

Here is what the CEO had to say:

“I suppose if you want to definitionally be that literal, but it does it a great disservice. I will tell you, here’s the way to think about it. If you looked at [‘Prometheus’ as a whole], 95 percent of it is entirely unto itself. Ridley said it right: If you’re a fan and you look closely, you’ll spot strands of DNA.”

Translation: Prometheus (hopefully) won’t suffer from “prequel-itis,” ie., be a film that goes so far out of its way to tie into the events and plot points of its predecessor that it ends up feeling rather contrived (Star Wars prequels, looking at you…). Likewise, it shouldn’t employ the same approach as the recently-released The Thing and play out as a semi-remake of Scott’s original Alien movie.

Prometheus is scheduled to arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.

Source: 20th Century Fox, MTV