Before Ridley Scott takes audiences on a return trip to the Blade Runner universe, he will transport viewers back to the same realm as the Alien franchise with Prometheus – which remains, by and large, a mysterious project.
20th Century Fox released an official synopsis for Prometheus back around the start of July 2011, but the plot summary revealed little explicit information that wasn’t already implied by the film’s title – a reference to the Greek titan who stole fire from the gods – and Scott’s previous statement about how the project tells “the story of creation, the gods, and the man who stood against them.”
A new logline has emerged on the official Prometheus Facebook page. While it doesn’t exactly spill the beans about how the film will mix cerebral science fiction with existential horror – or, as screenwriter Damon Lindelof puts it, the means by which Scott’s movie will “scare the living s**t out of you” – this short summary lends further credence to certain long-standing rumors about the project.
Without further ado, here is the latest synopsis for Prometheus:
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.
One of the longstanding rumors surroundings Prometheus is that the film will not only feature the giant skeletal creature known as the Space Jockey – first glimpsed in Scott’s 1979 Alien movie – but that the race to which that extraterrestrial belongs will ultimately be connected somehow to the creation of humankind. For more about what exactly that could entail, read this rumored Prometheus plot outline (which, for the record, Fox officials claims is inaccurate).
Point being: if it wasn’t obvious before, it should be clear now that Prometheus will indeed examine the very meaning of human existence – and the purpose behind the creation of life in general – through the lens of a fantastical sci-fi storyline. The film is also poised to toy with the idea that what think people of as “gods” are, in actuality, members of a highly-advanced alien race – be it that of the Space Jockeys or an entirely different organism.
Marvel’s Thor actually played with a similar idea – i.e. that mystical Asgardians are in fact non-Earthlings that possess technology which we cannot yet explain in scientific terms. However, based on Scott’s previous ventures into the realm of sci-fi, it’s all the more apparent he has something more ambitious in mind with Prometheus – which, if there’s any truth to previous rumors, could offer a very dark and disturbing explanation for the existence of both humans and the iconic Alien xenomorph.
That’s all to say: between the promise of a sci-fi storyline that could possibly enter H.P. Lovecraft territory – as far as “cosmicism” and philosophical sci-fi/horror goes – and Scott using a mix of contemporary filmmaking tools (stylized practical sets, CGI, and 3D visuals) to bring Promtheus to life on the big screen, this project is definitely a must-see for film buffs of all shades.
Prometheus stars the likes of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, and Katie Dickie. It is scheduled for theatrical release on June 8th, 2012.
Source: 20th Century Fox