A synopsis for Ridley Scott’s mysterious sci-fi flick Prometheus may have leaked online. Details on the film have been kept under wraps to the point where there’s still confusion over how much of it is an Alien prequel and how much is its own beast. At this point, the consensus seems to be that it is a prequel to Alien, but it’s outside the mold of the franchise to date. This synopsis sheds some light on how Prometheus could be both an Alien prequel and not an Alien-prequel. Keep in mind that that this could just be elaborate fan fiction from a guy (or gal) with too much free time deciding to take what disparate elements we think we know and build it into a convincing synopsis.
Hit the jump to read the synopsis and my thoughts on it.
Here’s the synopsis via io9:
Earth. Year 2058.
Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that humans were genetically engineered by an 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 [its] 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.
So we’ve heard the thing about terraforming before as well as the name “Paradise“, the Weyland (of Weyland-Yutani) and space jockeys tie into the Alien mythology and presumably the “bio-weapons” are the xenomorphs or at least proto-xenomorphs. However, there are also some confusing elements:
If the Alien Gods are conquerors, then why terraform Earth, let humans evolve, and then reward them with gifts? Furthermore, wouldn’t the terraforming process already clean up the Earth? And how does a bio-weapon like the xenomorph (again, presuming this is the xenomorph we all know and love) exterminate flying creatures or microorganisms? Finally, if humans from 2058 could control and use the xenomorphs, then why was that process lost to future generations?
Whether this is the actual synopsis, a synopsis of an earlier draft, or just outright false, we’ll know the truth when Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8, 2012. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, and Idris Elba.