Rumor Patrol: ‘Prometheus’ Plot Details

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:27 pm,

prometheus alien prequel Rumor Patrol: Prometheus Plot Details

For several years, Ridley Scott has been developing Prometheus behind a nearly impenetrable wall of secrecy. What began as a straightforward prequel to his seminal 1979 film Alien has evolved into something far more interesting, complex,  and ambiguous.

Cast members Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender have confirmed that Prometheus is definitely connected to the previous films in the franchise, but Scott himself has remained decidedly noncommittal regarding just how strong that connection will be.

Personally, I think he just doesn’t like the stigma that might be associated with the word “prequel” and is attempting to persuade audiences to check any preconceived notions or expectations at the door. Until now, it seemed pretty clear that this was a story that took place before the events in Scott’s original film, but probably had no direct ties to it.

According to a trusted source of the site MarketSaw, that might not be the case. They’ve shared some details that reveal exactly how Prometheus fits into the Alien franchise and although some of the information that’s included gels with previous reports and rumors, it should still be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.

If what follows turns out to be accurate, then be aware that there are some pretty significant third act spoilers included. If you want to go into Prometheus without knowing too much about what to expect, then you should probably stop reading now.

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW]

For starters, this report reaffirms two plot points that have already been rumored: 1) the Space Jockeys will factor into the film somehow and 2) the Alien xenomorphs will make an appearance (possibly sporting a brand new look). Although Prometheus might spend most of its running time completely independent from the other Alien films, it sounds like the final moments are heavily centered around a key aspect of the first movie – right down to an exact replica of the original Space Jockey spaceship set:

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movie, currently going by the name Prometheus, is going to be a very large and intense story, with a scope that is epic, the final act is where the movie switches gears and shifts into Aliens territory. Pinewood houses an exact replica of the H R Giger Space Jockey command post. You may notice in the original Alien that the Space Jockey had a puncture on its considerably large chest, where the xenomorph broke out through the flesh of the creature and broke through the biomechanical armor it wears. You may also notice how big the Space Jockey is in relation to its human counter parts in the film. So imagine how big the baby must be, which is yet to grow. Then imagine quite a few of these. If you can do that, you got a pretty good grasp on the final act.

space jockey in ridley scotts alien Rumor Patrol: Prometheus Plot Details

The source goes on to confirm that in addition to their considerable size, these xenomorphs will differ quite extensively from their predecessors in other ways as well:

And do not be expecting the traditional look either, these are very different creatures that will keep the general architecture of the xenomorph, but will have a considerably different look, and do very perverse things.

That last part immediately inspires some fairly disturbing mental images, doesn’t it? However, before Prometheus relishes in its third act carnage, Scott will evidently be attempting to redefine what a contemporary blockbuster is capable of:

However, before all of this I hear that the story is not only reminiscent of 2001, but is also trying to push the boundaries of what a modern tent pole science fiction movie could be. This is all I can share, but trust me, you seriously need to start being excited about this project, because not only is this I am assured, not nostalgia for nostalgia reasons, but a whole new spin on that old chestnut … The story is a very closely guarded secret in Hollywood, and while it is not a direct prequel “officially” it has more than just passing ties towards the Alien saga’s canon. You will have all the things that worked in the Alien canon, and very new and fresh and some controversial ideas presented, sexuality is dealt with quite directly. There may even be a robot or two. And the ship, which I am told is the current titles name, Prometheus. Highly original, both in concept and design I hear.

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Again, this all seems to be in line with previous statements we’ve heard regarding the film’s plot and this might turn out to be legitimate. MarketSaw‘s source acknowledges that Fox is preparing to spread a great deal of misinformation about Prometheus in the coming months to help keep audiences in the dark. However, the circumstances that lead to him receiving this information have left him fairly confident that this is not a part of that campaign.

Honestly, I think this is all sounds pretty intriguing and it seems to tie back to some of the earliest concepts we heard after the project was announced. As for all of those red herrings that the studio is apparently set to release upon us, I know Michael Bay did something similar while he was making the second Transformers movie, but that seems like a rather dubious strategy – especially if one of the fake plots winds up being more exciting and innovative than what actually hits theaters.

Whether this information turns out to be true or not, Prometheus is already a must see film as far as I’m concerned. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a return to form for Ridley Scott and that it really does push the notion of a summer blockbuster into uncharted waters.

Prometheus is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8 ,2012.

Source: MarketSaw

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  1. hmmm awsome !

  2. Well…. My hopes are official “UP”

  3. Not sure if this is connected or not, but has anyone read the Aliens comics? There is one(Aliens: Apocalypse, destroying angel) where some people go to the Space jockey homeworld chasing a crazy scientist. The last surviving jockey gets infected and a Giant alien that comes out.

    • I own the comic and as soon as I read the synopsis I thought the same thing….
      The comic is not a prequel but it does explain a lot about the Aliens history….and yes, the giant Alien/space Jockey, several synthetics and the Space Jockey’s colony all feature in the comic…plus the evil corporations also feature heavily in that story

      The comic is pretty good so I hope they take that route.

      • That comic had BEAUTIFUL art.

  4. this just might be the greatest movie ever made.

  5. Let’s see, if this movie is connected to the 1st movie, prequel or not, everyone in the cast dies, leaving no one to warn the rest of us about the Xenos.
    Reminds me a book, I read, titled “the Female War” Had Ripley or a Ripley hunting this Super Mega Xeno queen, becuause Earth was overran by Aliens, and when they found her she had these queen sized alien guards by her nest.” Just a thought

  6. man – this guy breaths sci fi like no other – cant wait

  7. …I agree with what most people are saying on the comments…when the word “epic” is described for an alien movie I can only think massive loss of life. The end of a species…in this case the space jockeys??…because I have never thought of Alien films as epic films…they have always been very small in scale, intimate, claustrophobic, if anything that I am saying makes sense. Needless to say I am very excited about this film.

  8. I am due for a big epic “Alien”-style film, and this one certainly does sould like it just could “fill the bill”! Here’s hoping…I will guarentee, sight-unseen, that I will add the DVD to my collection!!

  9. I still must wonder if Scott has any passion or unique vision for this kind of film left in him? With Geiger on board though, I can only imagine great things, unless Fox tries to pinch the pennies of course. As famous as these two are It’s got to be a real challenge to do anything without being under a microscope…

  10. Hmmm. Right now this sounds like it could be better than Alien imo. Too bad we gotta wait till next year though.

  11. This sounds great, and I personally cant wait to see it come to fruitation

  12. The more and more I hear about Prometheus, the more stoked I get. Just good news on top of more good news.
    The thought of the difference in Alien design is very interesting. The xenomorphs have always kept the bodily stucture of whatever the host had. Humanoid for the most part but as we saw in Alien3 it was a quadroped to follow the dog (or cow if you’ve seen the special edition) and even in the AVP films the Alien took on some of the Predators facial/dreadlock features. Scott certainly seems to be keeping this all in canon.
    For me the Alien franchise is my favourite horror/sci-fi franchise with regards to plotting, continuity and production values. This really does seem to be following in the same tradition.
    Can’t wait.

    • @ rhinofan5000

      When you say “Scott certainly seems to be keeping this all canon” Are just talkin about this new film or both this film & the avp films being canon?

      • Wallywest, there isn’t much in the AVP films that disrupts the Alien canon but I was mainly referring to the four film franchise.
        Because the AVP films take place modern day and the others are between 100 to 300 years in the future, we have no way of knowing what has occurred in the timeline between the two, despite AVP 1 & 2 trying to stay canon. Which they did try to do. I realise I’m opening a can of worms here but they are canon, whether the majority like them or not.
        I think that Scott’s new film will show whether AVP stays canon or not.
        However, that’s an argument for a different thread and I really don’t want to get bogged down in that! Roll on Prometheus.

  13. I don’t care what it’s about, as long as it’s in that universe I’m game!! though I must admit that the comic book theory by silverfall would be soooo sick! and the comic is ALOT like what’s being described. AWESOME call dude!!!

  14. I’m excited but starting to have doubts. Please prove me wrong.

    • Starting to have doubts too… Space goo… Morphing… Terraforming… Someone prove us wrong.

  15. This is my most anticipated fanboy project on the horizon
    (Unless JJ hires Nick Meyer to retool the Star Trek II script)

  16. I have that destroying angels comic too, it’s probably one of the better Alien comics. However I wasn’t impressed by the Space Jockey Alien design in that comic. Considering this movie is coming from the team that kick started it all I’m sure they can come up with something way better.

  17. Low res cellphone(?) pics leak from comic con teaser trailer.
    Some other sites have already taken their pics
    down by studio request. Hurry if u wanna see.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives
    /2011/08/01/images_from_ridley_scotts_prometheus
    _comic_con_footage_leak/

  18. I hope Ridley Scott will completely ignore AVP “mythology”.

  19. I think PROMETHEUS has definte promise. It could well become a classic, with Ridley Scott at the helm. I’m hoping so anyway. I also belive we’ll see the xenomorphs in the film, but not exactly as we’ve seen before. They’re likely to use Hillary Clinton as an alien model.

  20. —-AS Hollywood goes into its 4th decade of retreads, soft porn, tech worship,
    demoralization and cultural incest —capstone servant Ridley Scott’s on hand
    with still more predictive programming for the EUGENICS agenda.

    ——BRILLIANT!

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