Following on from Damon Lindelof's recent PROMETHEUS plot hints (read them here) comes not one, but two synopsises to help us understand what Ridley Scott's mysterious movie is exactly.
The first has been doing the rounds today after it was leaked by an unknown source 'close to the production', but has since been debunked by the makers Fox themselves, who quickly issued (a significantly less detailed) follow-up synopsis in response. And here it is...
"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."
While our first reaction might be to scoff at Fox's vagueness, a quick mull over got us talking about how these days - as audiences - it's so rare to go into a movie without knowing every single story beat before you've even bought your popcorn. Everybody involved in this production seems to be rallying against this trend, which we can only applaud. Then again, this strategy might go completely out of the window when the marketing machine kicks into gear later this year.
That said, some of us couldn't resist taking a look at the aforementioned 'debunked' synopsis, which we might as well print for those just as hungry for PROMETHEUS info. After all, Fox might simply be doing a little back-tracking just to throw us off the scent. Have a read and decide for yourselves...
*that's what our Spoiler Alert sounds like. Consider yourself warned.
"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."
Sounds pretty interesting. Will it turn out to be true? Fox calls it "way off", but they would, wouldn't they.
In related news, actor Ben Foster (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) is the latest to join the cast. Odd considering how long this thing has been shooting. Could some recasting be going on here?
All will be revealed next June!
Would you be happy with the direction detailed in the 'unofficial' synopsis? Share your thoughts with your fellow Starbursters below!