What is Prometheus?

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Last updated: 1st May 2012

Summary

Director Ridley Scott

Prometheus is a new Sci-fi film from director Ridley Scott, scripted by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, based on a story idea from Scott and an earlier script by Jon Spaihts.

That earlier script WAS for the originally planned Alien prequel, but Lindelof and Scott have come up with something more stand-alone. While there are still strong links to the original script, this is no longer a direct prequel, though it does take place in the same fictional universe, and in Scott’s metaphorical words, the film contains ‘Alien DNA’. Scott has also said that the final few minutes of the film link more directly to Alien

Who’s making it?
As well as Scott, Lindelof and Spaihts, other members of the creative team include:

  • HR Giger – the original Alien creature designer, apparently brought back in a consultant capacity
  • Neville Page – current golden boy of creature design, whose recent work includes Cloverfield and Super 8
  • Arthur Max – production designer extraordinare, known for his work on David Fincher’s Se7en and Panic Room, as well as Ridley Scott’s recent work including historical epics Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood, and his more contemporary work such as Black Hawk Down, American Gangster and Body of Lies
  • Neal Scanlon Studios Ltd – Creature and special make up effects
  • Visual FX are being provided by a number of companies, including The Moving Picture Company

Who’s in it?
So far, confirmed main cast members are:

  • Original Swedish ‘Dragon Tattoo’ star Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, the lead female character
  • Michael Fassbender as ‘David’, an android. At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Ridley Scoot revealed there “may be two” androids
  • Idris Elba as ‘Captain Janek’
  • Charlize Theron as ‘Meredith Vickers’ – at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con refered to her character as “a suit”, ans she would appear to be working for the Weyland Corporation.
  • Guy Pearce as ‘Peter Weyland’ – the man whose Weyland corporation sends the crew of the Prometheus on their ill-fated journey
  • Kate Dickie as ‘Ford’
  • Logan Marshall-Green as ‘Holloway’
  • Rafe Spall as ‘Milburn’
  • Sean Harris as ‘Fifield’
  • Benedict Wong as ‘Ravel’
  • Lucy Hutchinson as the young Elizabeth Shaw
  • Patrick Wilson – Elizabeth Shaw’s father

The full, official cast list:

Elizabeth Shaw - NOOMI RAPACE 
David - MICHAEL FASSBENDER 
Meredith Vickers - CHARLIZE THERON 
Janek - IDRIS ELBA 
Peter Weyland - GUY PEARCE 
Charlie Holloway – LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN 
Fifield - SEAN HARRIS 
Millburn – RAFE SPALL 
Chance – EMUN ELLIOTT 
Ravel – BENEDICT WONG 
Ford – KATE DICKIE 
Mercenary 1 – BRANWELL DONAGHEY 
Mercenary 2 – VLADIMIR FURDIK 
Mercenary 3 – CC SMIFF 
Mercenary 4 – SHANE STEYN 
Last Engineer – IAN WHYTE 
Ghost Engineer – JOHN LEBAR 
Sacrifice Engineer – DANIEL JAMES 
Shaw’s Father – PATRICK WILSON 
Young Shaw – LUCY HUTCHINSON 
Linguist Teacher – DR. ANIL BILTOO 
Greeting Message Violinist – LOUISA STAPLES 
Mechanic 1 – JAMES EMBREE 
Mechanic 2 – FLORIAN ROBIN 
Mechanic 3 – MATTHEW BURGESS 
Mechanic 4 – EUGENE O’HARE 
Shaw’s Mother – GIANNINA FACIO 
Archaeological Assistants – RICHARD THOMSON,
JENNY RAINSFORD, PHILIP McGINLEY,
RHONA CROKER 
Ship Computer Voices - ANNIE PENN,
ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES 

Story

In late June 2011, this alleged detailed plot breakdown spread across the web:

“Earth. Year 2058.

Archaeological digs in Africa reveals alien artifacts that proves 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 the finds are coordinates to the Alien Gods’ 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 member of the Prometheus’ crew it’s not enough.

In a treacherous act he steals the “bio-source code” to Terraforming,

A technology at the origin of all Gods’ powers, that could make humans equal to their creators.

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 alien planet.

On their trail a survivor Alien God on a familiar ship with an ultimate mission.

Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.”

This was soon debunked as a fan-produced elaboration of story elements that had already been rumoured and reported. Within a couple of days, however, 20th Century Fox released this frustratingly vague official plot 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.

An updated synopsis was later released via the film’s official Facebook page:

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.

When’s it out?

Prometheus is scheduled for worldwide release on the following dates:

Belgium 30 May 2012
France 30 May 2012
Netherlands 30 May 2012
Switzerland 30 May 2012 (French speaking region)
Israel 31 May 2012
Finland 1 June 2012
Norway 1 June 2012
Sweden 1 June 2012
Turkey 1 June 2012
UK 1 June 2012
Australia 7 June 2012
Hong Kong 7 June 2012
Portugal 7 June 2012
Russia 7 June 2012
Singapore 7 June 2012
Brazil 8 June 2012
Canada 8 June 2012
Chile 8 June 2012
Lithuania 8 June 2012
Poland 8 June 2012
Spain 8 June 2012
USA 8 June 2012
Germany 9 August 2012
Switzerland 9 August 2012 (German speaking region)
Italy 14 September 2012
Switzerland 14 September 2012 (Italian speaking region)in the USA on June 8th 2012. International dates have yet to be confirmed.

As we know more we’ll keep this page updated.

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