Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am,

[Update: FOX has released an official Prometheus plot synopsis to (sort of) clear up all the rumors about the movie's story.]

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth about what precisely Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is – Is it an Alien prequel? A totally original sci-fi film with the DNA of the Alien films? A film that exists inside of the Alien universe but otherwise doesn’t relate?

Since the film’s announcement, and despite Scott’s insistence to the contrary, there has been report after report indicating the iconic, double-mouthed “Xenomorphs” would be featured prominently in Prometheus . Today, we have a potential plot outline that, if true, will absolutely 100% spoil the film for you.

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The Alien Xenomorph may appear in Prometheus Ridley Scotts Prometheus: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

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Check out the potential plot outline below, from io9:

Earth. Year 2058.

Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that suggest humans were genetically engineered by an 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 Gods’ home-world, to Paradise. Months later, the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship Prometheus and its 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 is an Alien God in very familiar ship with one ultimate mission: Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.

Now, as a standalone film directed by Ridley Scott, this sounds like it could be genuinely excellent with some interesting philosophical implications over a science-fiction backdrop (not unlike the man’s eternally praised Blade Runner).

However, as an Alien prequel, it has a bit of a too-coincidental-for-its-own-good prequel plot, typical of these sorts of films.

the space jockey from alien Ridley Scotts Prometheus: Potential Plot Spoilers [Updated]

Humans were already intricately involved in the history of those nasty aliens from Alien! Not only were we created by the Space Jockeys, but so, too, were the Xenomorphs! And that Space Jockey from the first Alien? He was on his way to Earth to get his revenge on us for getting too big for our britches before an especially large Xenomorph (the Queen?) popped out of his chest! Who knew?

Still, it’s refreshing to see a major film studio allow Ridley Scott to go completely off the rails with an Alien prequel. Usually, they’d be plastering “Alien” all over every single press release or news leak connected to the film. Instead, it seems they’re just trying to make a really interesting, kind of creepy, sci-fi film supported by quality and concept over brand appeal. That is, if this plot outline turns out to be the real deal.

What do you guys think about the plot outline? Is it interesting? Weird? Believable? All of the above? Let us know in the comments.

Prometheus – starring Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce – is currently in production and hits theaters June 8th, 2012.

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  1. It’s a fine line between “too coincidental” and “making the prequel important to its predecessors.” After all, this is a movie that should bear some respect for the original (same director at the helm, no need to reboot). It’s not as though Scott would devalue or put into question the significance and events of his first acclaimed movie.

    That said, I hope that the story doesn’t get too carried away with the “what we never knew before” stuff, and I sincerely hope that it ties in with the cross-purpose directives the Nostromo receives in the first film. *Someone* has always known much more about the Xenomorphs than our unwitting crews and prisoners know, after all.

  2. If an accurate spolier, one problem: Wouldn’r Ripley et al be aware of the Alien and the space jockey space ship?

    • “Ripley”, no.
      “The Company”, yes.

      As is clearly the case in the first Alien film, the Company was highly aware of the Alien spaceship on that planetoid. They had directives (even if they didn’t KNOW they had “directives”) to land there. Crew expendable. Remember?

    • You’re stupid.

  3. The Fox “official” outline is a kind of reset button. Wipe everything else away, this is the essence of the story. The leaked(?) outline would make an excellant movie, but it is event oriented. This happens then that etc. Prometheus will be about something larger then the events and the events will evolve as the movie is being shot. So throw away all your leaked outlines and read the Prometheus Mythology. Thats the best outline you could have. Zeus, we have a year to wait.

    • Nothing about Fox’s official outline — which seemed to be released awful hastily after the leaked (if it’s real) outline — contradicts this leaked outline. It’s vague and unrevealing. I imagine there will be events in that movie, I just don’t think Fox is willing to divulge any of them yet.

      Rest assured, though, “This happens then that” will also apply to the eventual Prometheus end-product. Doesn’t that apply to every film ever?

  4. To think we will learn so much about what the company knew 30 years, in movie time, before the Nostromo stumbled across the warning beacon from the derelict ship. Ridley says (paraphrase) ‘The ship Prometheus travels into deep space as a sort of challange to the gods’. So, we will see these gods and we will find out how the company knew where to find them. To challange the gods means some big stuff is gonna go down, and it was all kept secret by the company. But whatever the big events were that happened on the Prometheus journey, those events must have birthed the directive ‘if you find evidence of alien life……all other priorities recinded’. This movie will make us feel even more for the crew of the Nostromo. Watch Prometheus and Alien back to back, can’t wait.

  5. Also, remember Bishops comments about the older android technology being twitchy . The android in Prometheus will be 30 years pre Ash.

  6. Aside from the problem of evolution and evidence of earlier hominids this is pretty interesting. (If the Space Jockeys were involved they shouldn’t have created homo sapien sapiens outright.) And I appreciate that CGI may be limited. (Refreshing!) I still hope the movie will be everything I want it to be, staying in canon. An issue to be resolved is hypersleep being the primary method of getting across vast distances. None of the Alien movies hinted at space-time dilation technology. It would need to be, and remain, energy and resource expensive to tie into the genre. I.e. only for super special missions. Computers should be more analog like the late 70s aesthetic in Alien or be even more primitive because it takes place before that movie. The sights and sounds of the (by today’s standards outmoded) computer interface added to the creepiness of Alien. (I really hope the computers are not advanced and 3-dimensional like in Avatar. Flat screens please.) This is a big caveat of mine and I hope Ridley gets it right. Keep the sets mechanical, not digital. Most importantly, Prometheus needs to be very Gigeresque. I want to see architecture and bio-technology that capture the essence of his work and really disturb and scare the audience. Combining the living and mechanical in and out of the walls and ceilings of vast structures could work if it has to do with creation and really bizarre advanced technology. Food for thought. Or should I say thought for food?

    • One other thing – wasn’t the beacon a warning? If the lonely space jockey wanted revenge then wouldn’t she/he/it not want to warn humans of the danger that was being brought to them in the first place? Or was it just a warning to non-human species?

      • theenemyisprofit, it wasn’t confirmed to be a warning. Mother assesment was that it was more like a warning than a beacon. Remember Ash’s comment to Ripley. “There’s no point in going out there. By the time you get there they’ll know weather it’s a warning or not”.

      • jockey = bio-suit like in ID4 after all “it looks like its growing out of the chair”. it is. well out of the ship. all bio-mechanical. dallas should have looked inside the jockey. well hello there miss.theron.

    • I saw a quote about the journey taking a few years since the discovery of faster than light speeds.

      • I like the idea. I wasn’t sure about its consistency with the Alien universe. But I guess it could work in tandem with hibernation or stand alone.

      • I got it wrong. The faster than light speeds quote I referred to actually came from the leaked(?) outline. Oops
        However, reaching any other star system in any reasonable length of time would take some special tech. The official synopsis refers to “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”. Fassbender, in an mtv interview mentions, “… it’s creeping, it’s sinister, things are happening and building, all the different intrigues and politics going on between the different relationships onboard”. I think Fassbender slipped up when he says the action is in the final third of the movie. I mean, if the first 2 thirds of the movie is creating and building dreed and suspense you need to think it could break loose at any minute, but maybe not.

        • One trick that’s been used time and again is to NOT talk about the technology being used, thus leaving that task to the imagination of the viewer. In addition to this we don’t know a whole lot about extra solar system space travel. Will dark matter or dark energy become a problem to be worked around for example? What about the fact that our gaps in knowledge in what’s out there astronomically? Scientists speak of the chaos of the heavens because everything isn’t known, it’s difficult to predict the movement of objects that are known with unknowns moving around in the background. Their’s even been recent speculation whether our own sun doesn’t have a companion star. That’s how far ranging scientific thinking has gone in attempts to just explain phenomena like periodic extinctions…

  7. The title makes so much more sense now. :)

  8. I’ve been happering away at this for a week, most of those sick days. I’m about ready to give it a rest until I hear something that sparks my interest to re-engage. Here is why.

    Official Synopsis:
    “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.”

    I now believe this synopsis completely. The definition of the word strand is (I believe this synopsis was carefully crafted) “to leave in a strange or an unfavorable place especially without funds or means to depart”. If we rule out being rescued from a distant star system, whats left? I think it’s acceptance of your fate as you contemplate “the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery”. I think I’ll watch 2001 A Space Odyssey again.

  9. I’m probably showing my stupid when I say this, but…can someone help me out with the whole “Space Jockey” thing? Maybe I should go watch the “Alien” movies again, but I don’t remember anything about them…? Apparently, they’re a super-advanced alien race, but what role did they play in the “Alien” franchise (excluding “Prometheus”, of course)?

  10. Al, when some of the Nostromo crew went to to the astoroid to investigate the alien signal that triggered mother to wake them from hyper-sleep, they entered the alien craft and found a remains of a giant alien in what looked like a chair/telescope. That dead alien has been referred to as the “Space Jockey”. With thousands of pods in it’s cargo bay,the unanswered question has always been; Who is this guy, where does his race come from and what was he doing with all those alien pods?

  11. Damon Lindelof’s interview, from the Kevin Pollick show, is fantastic. He talks about getting the call, reading the Jon Spaihts script, meeting and working with Ridley to develope the current Prometheus script. It’s a real inside baseball interview. It also has a lot about Damons work on Lost with JJ Abrams.

  12. Space jockeys as gods?… It could be a double knife-edge weapon for the entire movie. A new cult movie: Yes! Believable: Not so sure! It sounds a little bit pretentious to me.

  13. This is great !!
    As a ” fan ” of almost everything related to ” Alien ” I am really lookin’ forward to this movie.
    The plot seems smart n’ interesting.
    Hope we ‘ll get to see the ” Queen ” again.

  14. This all sounds great at first glance. However, they still failed to adress one problem that every supposedly “leaked” script or synopsis has over-looked. The Space Jockey in Alien was fossilized. This is a several thousand if not several million year long process. So the survivor that set out to get revenge on humans died and became fossilized in 30 years? Could be explained, but probably not convincingly. Still, I hope this synopsis is real. It wouldn’t be the same without the alien as has been suggested.

    • dallas had no idea what he was looking at. he only commented that it looked fossilized. look whats inside! its charlize theron!

  15. i’m pretty sure (based on interviews and fox press releases) that………………………………………………………………………………………SPOILER!………………………………………….SPOILER……………………………..SPOILER……………………………………………………………………………………..we know that the humans get stranded on this planet, so how do they get off? why does the space jockey look like hes “growing out of the chair”?
    the space jockey is growing out of the chair, the chair is growing out of the ship. its a bio-mechanical flight suit, kinda like in ‘ID4′. dallas and kane should have looked inside the jockey. they would have found a human.

  16. I don’t get the “they would have found a human” comment. You could see where his rib cage was blown outward, so they could see the humanoid. I’m convinced they don’t get off the planet. Not until the sequel to the prequel anyway.

    • the space jockey is part of the ship. one and the same. the jockey IS the ship. the pilot rides inside the jockey. all bio-mechanics. the look of the aliens who created this technology are maybe the films best kept secret. that and the fact that the jockey isnt really a race.

  17. if you read the official fox outline you would know that the humans get ‘stranded’ on the second planet they go to. leaving their ship behind on the first one and traveling with the gods to their home world. MAJOR SPOILER! only one human escapes the gods home world. (charlize theron)in the very well known space jockey ship. only there are no space jockeys. they are not a race. its a bio-suit and very much part of the ship. “it looks like its growing right out of the chair.” -Dallas (alien)
    so there are two very well kept secrets here. 1. that the ‘gods’ are not the space jockeys. so what do they look like? 2. that there is a human carcass inside the jockey in the film alien. interesting.

  18. This synopsis is GREAT!!! Hybris element couldn’t be better used!!! I hope this is the real synopsis. It will also be great to see Ridley using his psychologist skills when directing the movie, as we saw in the 1979 Alien, using the group and individuals to project emotions and objectives of those playing in the story.

  19. Hmmm. Patrick Wilson is listed on IMDB simply as “cocooned man”. I wonder if it is referring to cocooned like the xenomorphs do in Aliens or cocooned in a “Space-Jockey” suit? Perhaps he is one of the gods? “God made man in his image”.

  20. I am disapointed with the above synopsis & the fact that ‘Prometheus’ has anything to do with being a prequel to the unparalleled ‘Jaws in Space’ 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece ‘Alien’. In the decades since I saw Alien as a teenager I have speculated that a pre story space jockey was an alien race that unfortunately encountered the Xenomorphs, perhaps in a similar way to the Nostromo crew. I always thought that the eggs in the alien ship hold or bilge was the result of the chest burster growing from devouring the jockey’s internal organs & growing into the xeno queen & then laying the eggs randomly , not part of a cargo as suggested as surely such a menacing threat would be locked up very tight? A truly engrossing prequel would have explored the origins of the space jockey & the alien Xenomorphs & how they came to meet. The human role in this story should have been a totally separate & unconnected species stumbling on this warnng as foolhardy, curios discoverers & anthropologists that some how unravel the story of the Xenomorphs preceding the Nostromo landing by perhaps thousands of years

    • You nailed it. Everything I’ve read so far has been very, very disappointing.

    • I am in total agreement! I always imagined that the space jockey had somehow stumbled across the xenomorphs at some point in his travels and met his demise after having been “impregnated” by a facehugger. The birth of an Alien sent his ship crashing onto LV 426. It had to be a queen. She laid all those eggs in the chamber and, due to lack of sustenance, she died off long before the Nostromo found the derelict ship. I imagined a prequel delving into that contact between the jockey race and the Aliens. What if the jockeys found a pyramid shaped “hive” on another world? They took eggs for samples to study and also found a queen that they captured and confined on their second ship? Unknowingly the queen always had warriors close at hand. She unfolds her arms and, like additional appendages, the warriors climb away from their queen and find a path to the pilots chair. The other jockey ship notices the first tumbling out of flight (the warriors just took out the pilot), and follows as the ship crashes on a nearby world. SJ leaves his ship and enters the crashed remains of his fellow ship. This is where he is attacked by a face hugger. Time passes and not realizing he has been impregnated he returns to his ship and resumes his flight. He gives birth to the Alien and his ship nose dives onto LV 426 where he is later found by the Nostromo. Meanwhile the other ship is found by the company while terraforming and a new movie begins. I had a full screenplay written (much better detailed than this, and tied to both Alien and Aliens) but Prometheus was announced to be underway so my script is just sitting in the closet waiting to see if it can be tied in to Prometheus, Alien, and Aliens. Anything after Aliens should be written off as a bad dream Ripley had while in hypersleep aboard the Sulaco. Oh, well. That’s my 2 cents worth.

      • Ben, I also thought of a similar explanation for the Space Jockeys and their fate from the first Alien movie, but the reality is that Hollywood would never make a movie focused on two weird biotech alien species. Who would the audience identify with? Other than the truly hardcore, who would go watch that movie? Your plot (and the one I and so many others probably played out in our heads) would make a nice graphic novel or animated movie, but never a major motion picture. I”m still exited though about the possibility of Prometheus, because I love any revisitation of that universe, but thanks for your two cents, it was cool. I”d love to read your screenplay too if you still have it.

        • Audiences would be able to relate to such a story if it was revealed as discovery thru a human observation of events, as I’ve said as anthropologists – not genetically or any other causal way aware of the Jocky or the Zenos prior to the Nostromo encounter – it would be a science fiction, monstor – horror, slowly revealed mystery type genre, with a nightmarish – hellish landscape/design, the same successful ingredients that gave the original ’78 ‘Alien’ such umph. Anyhow the die is now cast, ho hum, you’re right Guille, Hollywood doesn’t do logical, interesting, original, stories any more, seems Gen young like their fiction fantacy trip to be franchised & shoot ‘em up

  21. So about the Faster Than Light drive…
    In the world of Alien the creew of the Solaco are in cryo-sleep for severel years, there’s hundreds of thousands of light years between star systems let alone ones with usable, minable, materials. To me this implied an already functioning ‘FTL’ otherwise it would literaly be thousands of years in cryo.
    How many years did the Mars Rover take to actualy get to Mars? An accurate answer is irrelevant as it definately took years and we didn’t have an FTL, and that’s just a five minute drive by inter-stellar standards.

    I guess what i’m trying to say is; Space is big, light takes millions of years to travel to us from other solar systems, an FTL would have been on the Solaco.

  22. if this plot turns out to be the real deal and if the rest of the elements on the picture are high quality stuff such as what we are used to find on Ridley Scott’s movies, It’s perfect for me.

  23. The movie appears to be a combination between ab end of the world movie and an Alien movie. Will be an interesting film. Ridley always makes a good movie.

  24. Dear God (or gods),I hope that this is indeed the real plot!As for all of the esteemed Mr. Scott’s non-committal bluster about this NOT being a prequel…c’mon! We’re not stupid.
    1:The trailer uses the same radio static and squelch that the original 1978 trailer did.
    2:The font of the films title is EXACTLY the same,and it even appears in pieces so you don’t know just what the word is spelling until the last possible moment…JUST like in the 1978 trailer and the films opening a year later.Its not rocket science.
    This is a prequel,and I say ‘Bravo’. The only thing that could make this film any better than it no doubt will be,is if Hans Zimmer were doing the score.

  25. iF IT’S NOT RATED “R”, THERE IS NO WAY IT CAN BE AS GOOD AS THE 1ST ONE.PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  26. Agreed,Plainandsimple. But Scott usually gets his way (Kingdom Of Heaven was ‘R’)

  27. this movie looks interesting but is going to be another chronicles of Riddick movie, in which the plot veers of into a totally different direction from the original and its only commonality is its cast or in this case space critters.

    a stand alone for sure

    the preview looks nothing like the original four movies.
    The space ships and space suits in Prometheus, are so crisp and flashy given the fact that this is based what 30 years prior its nothing like the original that painted the picture of a used and rusting future.

    not some George Jetsons crap!!

    And besides the whole evolution thing lets be honest von danikins chariots of the gods theory is stupid and lame and to tie the space jockey into it well i dont know!!

  28. Read the plot and it has me hooked, i cant wait to see it. While i agree with John Hynds thoughts on how it went before and while yeah it can raise a few questions i do think its a nice take on proceedings i just hope its around the 2 hour mark so plots and story lines don’t looked rushed and pointless.

    The only thing i don’t like atm is that humans or the comapny android are responsible for creating the new alien that is the apparent down fall of our so call gods/creators.

  29. I like the synopsys. However the comment below the synopsys makes no sense at all. For instance; “However, as an Alien prequel, it has a bit of a too-coincidental-for-its-own-good prequel plot”. I disagree. This prequel does not end up where the original Alien starts. If it did, that would be a literal prequel. I’m particularly confused by the comment, “typical of these sorts of films”. What films? I ask, what prequel has none of the charactors from the original film and is about something completely different? Also, the original Alien makes no mention of what or who is the space jockey in the chair, and how he may be one of our creators.