Speculation about the ties between Ridley Scott's upcoming return to the sci-fi genre, Prometheus, and his definitive sci-fi/horror genre classic, Alien, remains as rampant as ever. The director has revealed that the conclusion of his new film directly sets the stage for the events of his famed 1979 release, but other than that, official details on the matter are scarce.
We should soon get a better look at Prometheus when the impending teaser trailer is released (read an early trailer description). However, for now, we have another image from the film available for your viewing pleasure - along with some comments from two cast members, who continue to stay (mostly) mum about the project.
Prometheus tells a futuristic tale about a pack of scientists who end up trapped on a distant planet where they discover the truth behind humankind's origins and end having to "fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race." The film's title not only refers to the name of the explorers' ship, it is also meant to emphasize the symbolic connection between Scott's mystery project and the famous Greek Titan who stole fire (re: technology) from the gods and gave it to humanity - only to be cruelly punished and doomed to suffer for all eternity, because of his actions.
Among the individuals who find themselves marooned on said strange planet are: capable human scientist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace); an android named David (Michael Fassbender); and Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), another human member of the crew.
Check out an official image from Prometheus that includes (going left to right) Holloway, Elizabeth, and David (via EW) below:
The spacesuits and strange architecture in Prometheus recalls the visual aesthetic of Alien, yet still looks different enough to stand on its own. Similarly, certain elements (ex. the giant head bust in the above image) are recognizably human in design and lack the uninvitingly bizarre structure of the alien world glimpsed in Alien - which, again, ties into the idea that the characters in Prometheus are indeed visiting a place that has ties to the beginning of human existence and civilization.
Charlize Theron (who plays corporate executive Meredith Vickers in the film) likewise suggests that people "should really let go of the idea that ['Prometheus' is] an 'Alien' film," indicating that while the movie will undoubtedly connect to that 1979 flick, it is no longer the straight-forward prequel originally in development.
So, how exactly then will Prometheus connect to Alien? Well, Fassbender (who's already proven more willing to drop interesting hints about the project) says that the movie contains certain extraterrestrial creatures "that you'll recognize." Whether that means the Alien xenomorph or the Space Jockey (or both) will be showing up, as has long been rumored, remains an unsettled matter.
For additional imagery from and information on Prometheus, you will have to pick up the latest issue of EW.
Prometheus is slated to arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.