There have been all kinds of rumors about what exactly Ridley Scott's new sci-fi epic Prometheus is about. And now it seems like we may have an answer.
io9 has received what is allegedly the official plotline of Prometheus, which Scott is directing now in London from a script by Lost guru Damon Lindelof. The site questions the authenticity of the synopsis, and it's actually pretty crappily written, but there's reason to believe that it could have at least some truth to it. Check it out:
Earth. Year 2058.
Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that humans were genetically engineered by a 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 God's home-world, to Paradise. Months later the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship PROMETHEUS and his 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 Alien God in very familiar ship with one ultimate mission. Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.
If that sounds like it could almost be a prequel to Alien, well, that's correct. Prometheus started life as an Alien prequel, but once Lindelof came on board he turned the script into something else—although he has said recently that the two are connected.
Meanwhile Scott himself showed up this week at an event called CineEurope to talk about the film, along with stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Scott said that the movie was originally inspired by his desire to explore the background and fate of the dead "space jockey" being glimpsed in the first Alien film.
He added that the title referred to a ship "sent from earth by an all-powerful corporation of the kind familiar to fans of the Alien franchise," adding, "NASA and the Vatican agree that is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today without there being a little help along the way. That's what we're looking at (in the film), at some of Erich von Daniken's (Chariots of the Gods) ideas of how did we humans come about."
If you put together Scott's remarks with that rumored synopsis above, that storyline sounds more and more plausible—although hopefully Lindelof did a better job with the script that whoever summed it up above.
Do you like what you're hearing about Prometheus? Does this sound like a cool storyline or a half-baked Alien prequel?