Ridley Scott Teases ‘Prometheus’ Plot & Connection To ‘Alien’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 8th, 2011 at 11:18 am,

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Fans are still eagerly awaiting the release of an actual teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – which, according to an early description, visually grounds viewers in a sci-fi universe that bears a strong resemblance to Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror film, Alien.

Scott recently provided a brief update on the status of his next directorial project, a new Blade Runner film (probably a sequel). He has also offered yet another tease of the Prometheus plot – along with a comment that suggests the movie will indeed serve as a semi-prequel that lays the narrative foundation for Alien… to some degree.

Here is the most recent official 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.

“Prometheus” is the name of the Greek titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humankind – only to be punished for his actions by being strapped to a rock and having an eagle eat his regenerating liver out every day, for the rest of eternity. Scott informed Speakeasy that his new sci-fi project is very much an allegory for that tale, saying it too involves a “higher being [who is punished] in perpetuity in a horrible fashion” for stealing technology from more powerful beings and handing it over to humans.

Some may also recall that Scott previously to referred to Prometheus as being a film that contains “strands of ‘Alien’s’ DNA, so to speak.” He has now provided a bit more support for that claim, with the additional detail that the final eight minutes of the Prometheus plotline (in particular) is “a pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one.”

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A purported Prometheus plot outline popped up online this past summer, but 20th Century Fox was quick to (sort of) dismiss it. However, it seems worth mentioning again, simply because it gels quite well with what Scott is saying here… and, when you put the two together, the synopsis also appears to suggest that Michael Fassbender’s character in the film (who co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof has confirmed is an android) could be the “higher being” that steals advanced technology from the “gods” (a.k.a. the Space Jockeys?).

On the other hand: anyone who was both familiar with the original Prometheus mythological story – and has been attentively following the popular rumors concerning Scott’s new project – could have concocted the aforementioned plot outline for the movie. So it’s certainly possible that all of the previous speculation will ultimately prove to be entirely off-base. We shall see…


Prometheus stars the likes of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, Sean Harris, and Katie Dickie. It it scheduled to hit theaters around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  1. Carnt wait for this , Sounds amazing , bring on a trailer !

  2. This is going to be terrific. I guess i’m late but wasn’t Ben Foster signed on for this?????

    • He is, I just neglected to mention him as one of the well-known cast members (sorry about that). He’s listed now, though.

      • no biggie fries just curious.

  3. I havent been pumped like this for a movie in a very long time – since the Matrix.

  4. Ben Foster not a well-known actor!? That guy has proved time and time again that he is an incredible supporting actor! From 30 days of Night, 310 to Yuma and The Messenger are just a few of the films where he stole nearly every scene he was in. This cast sounds better than any sci-fi film I’ve ever seen! I’m sure the connection will be very subtle but yeah…I can’t wait for it! Let’s make sci-fi awesome again!

    • Dont forget Pandorum…Ive been following Ben foster since the mid 90s when he starred in Flash forward on the Disney channel.

  5. I think this will be a prequel to Alien and maybe at the ending of the film will show connection between the original and this movie.

    Prometheus will neither be the greatest action and scartiest sci fi movie prequel ever or just a disaterious movie.

    I hope it will the best movie of 2012.

  6. Not since the first trailer for Alien: Resurrection have I even been this excited!!!

  7. I am so down for this.

  8. i wonder if/when they’ll do a sequel to resurrection, that movie was awesome (in terms of action and sci-fi elements) and i would def love for them to continue the story (what makes the team get so pissed off about earth – what happened to it etc ?)

    • It’s interesting how different people regard the different Alien movies. For example, despite “Resurrection” having probably the best effects and the thought of having a space pirate crew and a cloned Ripley, I find it the weakest, or at least least enjoyable.

      Alien three I have a real soft spot for. I like it’s intimacy, premise and initially unlikeable characters along with the most awful of possible endings.

      Alien I really like and admire. But I don’t find it enjoyable to watch. I find it hard work and have many-a-time dozed off in the middle.

      Aliens on the other hand I find to be the perfect Sci-fi/horror/action movie. I absolutely love it. It’s IMO James Cameron’s finest film.

      The alien Vs predator movies however, despite sounding great on paper or exciting in a comic book IMO have failed miserably.

  9. Thought theres a sequel to this film.

    But really cant wait for this, good no set pics ave been leaked

  10. Space Jockeys created mankind in testubes to be hosts for the Aliens

    The end

    • If they go by some of the themes written on this subject human may have been created to build the work the terraformed planets and/or build the machines needed to convert a planet. Unless they are not going by the ideas used in the other movies and comic books, the bugs can infect many different species, so humans are not exclusively needed for that purpose. This goes along with the idea of the bugs being used to clean planets off, but the reality is they don’t seem like they would be much use doing labor.

  11. Ben foster isnt in the movie. his agent confirmed he wasn’t check n scriptflags dot com

    • Yep, looks like Ben Foster isn’t in this thing after all. I’ve re-updated the article, accordingly.

  12. Wasn’t this at some point going to be a two-parter? Is that still in the works, or no?

    Also, Ben Foster owns, as does Guy Pearce and Idris Elba. Sounds like an awesome cast.

    • D’oh. Foster isn’t in this? Tease.

  13. i dont buy this “last eight minutes” stuff…. WHY !?!?!? would he give that away?? MISSDIRECTION !!!!!!! but if its true then let it be the best eight minutes in movie history !

  14. The cast sounds good and intriguing, but sometimes when you put too many good actors in film, it doesnt turn out well. Sort of kind the difference between oceans 11 and 12 & 13. if this movie isnt going to involve a detailed story of the Space Jockeys and the development of the Xenomoorphs it will be a huge waste of time.