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#21 Jules

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:55 AM

Speaking of spoilers, the following is apparently a leak of some sort; logically that means it's for real, or not, or possibly a mixture. Whatever, don't read if you don't want to spoil things.

PROMETHEUS

CAST
Elizabeth Shaw...Noomi Rapace
Rayden Holloway...Logan Marshall-Green
Meredith Vickers...Charlize Theron
David 4.0...Michael Fassbender
Jeremiah Janek...Idris Elba
Theo Zedmore...Guy Pearce
Logan...Ben Foster
Ravel...Benedict Wong
Chance...Emun Elliot
Mudow...Kate Dickie
Yuri...Rafe Spall
Aldrich...Frank Kelly
Francis...Sean Harris
Siena...Tal Berkovich
Lettap...James Payton
Tembrook...Tuppence Middleton


Earth. The beginnings of our world. In an opening montage, we watch as our primordial planet is terraformed and bioformed by seemingly all-powerful, Godlike alien entities...the ENGINEERS. The seeds of life are introduced to Earth for the first time by these fantastic extra-terrestrials, who have the power to create and manipulate both mechanical and biological matter at will. The montage ends as the earliest genetic recipe for life is sent forth from the Engineers' massive, towering CITADEL in the dark desert.

The desolate desert of Africa: 2085. The prehistoric ruins of the Engineers' Citadel is discovered by a corporate construction team tasked with building a nuclear-powered comm-array in the wilderness. Amidst the ancient remains are found highly advanced, biomechanical relics with are determined to be of extra-terrestrial origin. This catches the attention of the mega-conglomerate WEYLAND-YUTANI CORPOTATION, who finances a massive archaeological excavation of the citadel in the hopes of reverse-engineering the alien biotech for financial gain. Running the operation is MEREDITH VICKERS, a cold, calculating corporate executive, who recruits intelligent and independent astrophysicist DR. ELIZABETH SHAW to head up the research team. Assisting Dr. Shaw are xenoarchaeologist DR. THEO ZEDMORE and her fellow astrophysicist DR. LOGAN. Shaw uncovers the secret of the citadel when she discovers a chamber of star charts, which seem to lead the way to the home planet of the Engineers. Also uncovered is evidence suggesting that the Engineers had a database of all life on Earth, and may even have been responsible for its creation including Man.

In a partially-submerged MANHATTAN, Vickers meets with Dr. Shaw and an OPO, (Off-Planet-Officer), CAPTAIN JERAMIAH JANEK, and plans a space mission following the discovered star charts in an effort to find and make first contact with the Engineers. For the scientists and explorers onboard, it will be a journey of discovery, but for Vickers, it's merely a way of obtaining new technology so that Weyland-Yutani may retain the lead in the competitive race to establish colonies off-world.

The depths of space: 2090. A highly-advanced, top-of-the-line ISRV (Interstellar Research Vessel) PROMETHEUS decelerates as it reaches its target solar system. The vessel's crew emerges from their cryo-chambers. Along with Elizabeth Shaw, Theo Zedmore, Logan, Meredith Vickers, and Captain Janek, the crew of the Prometheus is comprised of: First Officer MUDOW, Security Officer RAYDEN HOLLOWAY, Navigator CHANCE, Helm Officer RAVEL, Operations Android DAVID 4.0, Political Officer ALDRICH, Medical Officer FRANCIS, Engineer YURI, and Technical Officers SIENA, LETTUP, and TEMBROOK. The crew gets acclimated to their removal from cryo-sleep, their muscles in atrophy from five years without use. Holloway assists Shaw in her physical therapy exercises.

The crew prepares for arrival at the home planet of the Engineers. Shaw and Holloway are instantly attracted to each other, initiating a romantic relationship. However, as they enter the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system, Prometheus encounters a massive disturbance which hadn't appeared on scanners, one even more powerful than a black hole: a wormhole in space. Prometheus is sucked into the wormhole, and after a harrowing ride, emerges on the other end. The ship crashes on a barren planet, which the damaged computer system identifies as the mission's final destination.

The crew sets about attempting to repair the Prometheus, while Elizabeth Shaw leads a recon expedition to investigate nearby structures, which turn out to be a cavernous Engineer temple. Inside the temple, Shaw's team encounters a bizarre BIO-BRAIN, a biomechanical humanoid face set within a towering pillar, as well as thousands of seemingly primitive URNS. David takes several of the urns back to the vessel for analysis.

Investigating the urns, David discovers that they contain the genetic material for thousands of species within a viscous liquid called BIOFORMER which can rewrite any living organism on a cellular level. Basically, possession of the substance gives its owner the power to create life. Vickers interacts with David and seemingly innocently leads to the Bioformer infecting David through a cut in his finger.

Within the depths of the Temple, we find several living Engineers who discover the transgression of the Humans, and remotely rewrite the stolen Bioformer to make it into a weapon. The Engineers capture Holloway and run a number of horrific experiments on him, injecting him with the Bioformer and allowing him to return to the vessel.

Subsequently, the crew of the Prometheus begins to fall victim to the now weaponized substance, as the "carrier" Holloway injects Ravel, Zedmore, Francis, Siena, Lettup, and Tembrook. The victims begin to lose their humanity and slowly transform, experiencing nightmarish visions and hallucinations and making pilgrimages to the depths of the Temple to receive instructions from the Bio-Brain. Holloway, in particular, is resistant to the transformation, fighting against the alien influence with his feelings for Shaw and his responsibilities as security officer. Meanwhile, David finds that the Bioformer is making him into a biological being...making him Human. The crew also finds that their trip through the wormhole took them back hundreds of millions of years and they are actually stranded on primordial Earth, having moved through space and time.

Eventually, as alien influence and the continued lurking presence of the Engineers becomes clear, the crew of the Prometheus turns on each other as the infected human victims fully mutate into PROTOFORMS: vicious, skeletal alien monstrosities which proceed to assault the unaffected Human crew through the halls of the Prometheus.

Mudow, Logan, Chance, Aldrich, Yuri, and Janek end up being destroyed by the Protoforms. In a strange, erotic ceremony, the Protoforms seemingly mate with the Bio-Brain and each other to create thousands of EGGS, the first of a new generation of the monsters. Meredith Vickers is revealed to be a sleeper CONSTRUCT of the Engineers, who are still active in their far future and Shaw's present due to the time-travelling abilities of the wormhole. Vickers was grown in an Engineer lab but escaped, fleeing to Earth while always wanting to her find creators and take their power. The Engineers activate Vickers' secondary GENE PROGRAMMING, and she transforms into an ALPHA PROTOFORM: the STAR BEAST.

At last, the two remaining crew members, Elizabeth Shaw and David, seek to confront the Engineers in the Temple. The Godlike entities prove to be utterly evil, and David sacrifices himself as he's dissolved in the LIFE SEED BIOFORMER which is the basic genetic recipe for MAN: the former android David, it turns out, is the basis for all Mankind. Shaw is captured by Holloway, but he regains enough of his humanity to remotely activate an Engineer vessel for Shaw's escape, then holds the other Protoforms and Engineers at bay. As Shaw escapes, she finds herself in the midst of the initial Engineer terraforming of Earth which we had witnessed in the opening montage, chased by the former Meredith Vickers who is now the gigantic, horrific Star Beast.

Shaw makes to her escape vessel which blasts off for the wormhole, Holloway fighting the Star Beast with both falling into the wormhole and disappearing. An Engineer PILOT detaches from the Temple in a FAMILIAR VESSEL and follows Shaw, but is lost in the wormhole. Shaw emerges above the Earth of her present day; however, she's deemed insane and responsible for the loss of her expedition and confined to a psychiatric hospital by the Company. It's implied that there are at least some of those who believe Shaw's tale, but have silenced her as part of a cover-up.

In the final scene, we see the vessel of the Engineer that was chasing Elizabeth Shaw emerge from the wormhole in the Zeta 2 Reticuli star system, still in the prehistoric past, and crash on a nearby planetoid, the Engineer Pilot helplessly lost and the EGGS in the ship's cargo hold stirring as something alive moves from within...

The Beginning.

From http://blastr.com/20...ay-promethe.php
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:35 AM

Interesting, the use of 'off-planet officers'; one wonders if Scott is alluding to the claims of that autistic hacker from England and his alleged lists of personnel who were apparently stationed somewhere other than Earth.

That would suggest that Scott might hook into the internet rumors a 'black' space programme operating beneath the awareness of the general public; who are unknowingly financing the scheme via their taxes and vanished funds. (As you've probably guessed, this idea - though beyond the scope of the recorded game - was a backstory assumption of Alien0.)

Applied to the world of 'Alien', that means the Nostromo might well have been part of such a 'black' effort, or possibly a 'grey' one, as the public is gradually made aware of the scheme, over generations.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:41 AM

Oh, and someone please tell me that my fears of a timetravel plot hook are not bourne out by the above.
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:19 AM

Hi-Definition 'Prometheus' trailer is up at:

http://trailers.appl...fox/prometheus/

Nice lighting. Lots of characters. Not sure all the super-crispness is as effective as the damp, murky look of the original 'Alien'.

In the last seconds it looks like they're going with the full Giger Croissant which featured in the script involving the off-world farm-rape stuff.

Image-rich breakdown of the trailer available here:

http://imgur.com/a/9uSOO
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:37 AM

Thanks for sharing! I don't see many movies a year, but I might see this one...
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 05:53 AM

Any bets on how long the token black crewmember lasts?
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:27 PM

Regarding the leaked synopsis, above, the decreasing coherence of the later stages makes me wonder if it might be using the old 'mapmaker trick', a variant of which is commonly used in intelligence circles.

Let's say you have a complex secret, and doubt the integrity of the team working on it. You can make variations available to individuals or cells within your organisation, and thereby be able to trace any leaks.

So, it might make sense for the early stages of the synopsis to be similar across such theoretical variants, but to throw in complicating factors towards the end, ones you don't intend to film, perhaps.

Then again, it could simply be bad writing.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:57 PM

For example, can anyone identify how the Vickers reveal as an engineered 'Construct' from the parent alien civilization (who somehow traverses light years, establishes a fake identity on Earth, gets inducted into a NASA-style space project, etc.) is not a deus ex machina?

And does the cuteness of her being a literal DEM make it anything more than cute?

While we're at it, any physicists (or metaphysicists) out there care to comment upon the recursive logic of an android (via time-travel) becoming the human gene-line which then manipulates that gene-line to create biological androids (assuming that is what David represents) etc.?
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 04:58 AM

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas giving, we have here an interesting interview (or parts thereof, following a take-down order from the film production, which seems to violate the point of doing an interview in the first place) with Scott:

http://www.avpgalaxy...p?topic=41273.0

Looks like the word is in; 'Prometheus' is an ancient-alien-creator story. Those gods that our ancestors intuited/documented/worshipped? They're another lifeform, it seems, not an entirely different order of being.

And they're humanoid, judging from the Debbie Harry-pierced male face in the ampoule chamber.

The space-jockey? Looks like it's a biomechanical suit of some kind (and not an elephantine species) almost certainly for the sleek, giant humanoid in the trailer, to the right of the chair/phallus-console as it emerges from the floor of what I assume is a navigation/control room, judging from the holo-projection that seems to be offered to the blonde, male synthetic.

For the record, in Alien0, the jockey was assumed to be a biomechanical organisim specifically engineered for nothing but piloting duties, and is the result of no regular Darwinian evolutionary line. (It needs no holidays, or retirement package, or child-care. Think of it as a perfected Frankenstein monster, which has no ability to rebel.) The long-headed, quasi-reptilian technological species which appears in a nearby thread (the creator of our beloved xenos and the jockey) are a regular, evolved species, which simply thinks nothing of fusing tech and biology to do their work, and tends to produce seriously Gigeresque-looking products, as a result.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:41 PM

Looks like it's time to revisit the 1965 Mario Bava science fiction film 'Terrore Nello Spazio' aka 'Planet of Vampires' aka many other dopey-sounding titles.

What wasn't dopey was the cinematography (Bava's baby) and the story concept; human space explorers encounter a distress call, crash-land on the originating planet, encounter a giant dead alien, and get infected by what seems to be another alien species.

Sound familiar?

Below is the photo of the original space jockey. The upbeat-looking fellow to the right is Bava:

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So, we already know that the original 'Alien' stole hand-over-fist from this source. What's interesting is that it looks as though Scott & Co. are going back for seconds...
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:47 PM

Here's a link to a typical discussion about Bava's flick, pointing out his penchant for style-on-the- cheap:

http://watchinghorro... ... pires.html

Of course, as we all know Scott's first career as an ad-man required him to do the same for his clients, and he certainly delivered. (Google up some of his ads from the 70's for some beautiful use of natural light, and his signature use of atmospheric haze and backlight.)
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:54 PM

Now check out some moving images from the redubbed trailer, and compare it to the recent 'Prometheus' trailer, posted above:



From costuming tones and lines, to the disease-stuff, to the resulting conflict between the crew, to the abundant sexy actors/actresses, we seem to see an increased convergence with the original source material, rather than divergence.
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:15 AM

Well, folks, it looks like Scott & Co. are more than simply being (re)influenced by the 1965 Bava film; it seems they are actively referencing it in the visual design. (One wonders; is it a subtle protest at a less-than-hoped-for budget, given Bava's own notorious financing problems? Or a kind of rabbit's foot?)

Take costuming, for example. The bright piping against the dark panels, and the pronounced 'turned up' collar motif.

1965 Outfitting:
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2012 Outfitting:
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1965 Tush:
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2012 Tush:
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Not to forget the main plot device.

1965 Space Disease:
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2012 Space Disease:
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:59 AM

Some interesting potential spoilage, apparently by way of the Prometheus art department, a pub, and some beer.

Could be disinfo, but in that case you probably get a refund, huh?

http://cinemart-onli... ... sk-design/
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:36 AM

I love the styles from planet of the vampires. That is one of my guilty pleasures sitting on my DVD shelvs
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:34 AM

Hi Thing. Cool. I've not seen it myself, but intend to sometime soon.

It'll be interesting to find out how familiar 'Prometheus' seems to you, perhaps?
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:46 AM

Looks like we have some more imagery leaking out of the 'Prometheus' project.

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That Knowles guy at http://www.aintitcool.com is noting that the two figures in the corridor behind the (badly composited?) heroine look quite familiar. (They also seem to be wearing very practical footwear. Spacesuits? Statues? Who knows...)

Different piping on the spacesuit in the foreground, compared to the previous photo, above.

And it looks like the spacesuits have on-board cameras, too. So, perhaps both 'Alien0' and 'Prometheus' are stealing from 'Aliens'? (Footage from a vaccsuit camera is a plot point around Episode 7 or so, I think.)

Anyone else find the corridor in the background a little ordinary? More 'Dr Who' than 'Alien'?
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:14 AM

Some cute fan trailer rejigs, meanwhile:

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Pooh
http://youtu.be/ICWa50CaHvc

Scott?
http://youtu.be/Sw7nds0Qye0
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:02 AM

Some production images from the upcoming release.

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Scott is apparently using two RED systems in tandem for that all-important 3D. (Looks like a Steadicam rig.)

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Noomi looks like she's tied down, or having a baby, or something.

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"No, really, there's this great little bistro around here somewhere. A real hole-in-the-wall type of place. Trust me..."
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:20 AM

Interesting photo with Shaw, the synthetic to the right, and what looks like a grunt to the left. Perhaps this grunt is the security guy she's attracted to in some of that spoiler text, above?

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