Props to Sir Ridley Scott for maintaining secrecy about Prometheus, his upcoming return to the sci-fi genre (and former straightforward Alien prequel). While there's been rampant speculation about just how exactly the film is connected to the Alien franchise, the only concrete information released about the project concerns its cast - which recently added Guy Pearce to the mix.
Yet another batch of plot details from "an inside source" who claims to have connections to the Prometheus production has recently made its way online - so those who wish to avoid POTENTIAL SPOILERS should stop reading after this point. Everyone else should take their customary grain of salt before continuing on.
Latino Review fished out the following post from a commenter over at Star Seeker:
"I was speaking with a guy who is working on the set of ['Prometheus'] and he showed me some pictures and told me [about] the storyline. The space jockey that you see in ['Alien'] who has had his chest busted open is the guy who engineers the aliens. He sends the aliens to planet that he wants to take over. The aliens kill the locals and he flys in and pillages the land of its resources. It seems as though he is responsible for the aliens creation, i’m guessing that he is some kind of super scientist."
"The engineer is played by some huge guy who is 8ft tall. He appears even bigger in the space jockey scene from ['Alien'] as he is wearing a space suit. He appears to have died in a seat that looks like it is some sort of weapon control, this is in fact the navigation system that the space ship uses to open worm holes and plot its course. Perhaps the aliens revolted and, knowing that he has been impregnated, he is desperately trying to return home to have the alien extricated?"
Rumors about the Space Jockey appearing in Prometheus are nothing new, so it's difficult to assess whether these new supposed plot details lend further support to previous assertions about the creature's role in Scott's film, or if this material is just false information being spread by 20th Century Fox, in order to keep moviegoers in the dark about Prometheus. Sources behind past Prometheus plot rumors suggested that the studio could be spreading disinformation on purpose - all the more reason to be skeptical about anyone who claims to have insider knowledge regarding the project.
On the other hand: Scott himself has described Prometheus as being "the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them." Between that tease and the film's title (which refers to a Titan from Ancient Greek mythology who was severely punished for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humanity), it seems all the more likely that Scott's new sci-fi flick will tackle issues related to genetic engineering and manipulation. So the idea that the Alien xenomorph is the result of a mortal being with a major god complex (specifically, the aforementioned Space Jockey) messing with the laws of nature could very well play a pivotal role in the plot of Prometheus.
If nothing else, it's looking more and more likely that Prometheus will in fact feature the Space Jockey in some form - and, presumably, the iconic Alien xenomorph as well. Previous rumors about the project also describe it as being "reminiscent of '2001'" with regards to how it approaches some pretty big and controversial ideas about the natural process by which organic life-forms (and possibly even planets) are created and destroyed.
In short - Prometheus could feature a whole lot of sex, spaceships, and giant killer aliens. How's that for a marketable logline?
Prometheus will arrive in theaters on June 8th, 2012.
Source: Star Seeker (via Latino Review)