Ridley Scott makes good movies. Not all of the time, but most of the time.
Ridley Scott also can scare the hell out of you when he wants to. The Alien flicks were fantastic, and not just because Sigourney Weaver plays the best bitchy broad in the business. Sure, they went off the rails when they started mixing and matching the aliens with that dreadlock-wearin’ cat from outer space that Schwarzenegger whupped up on, but prior to that they were great.
MacAoidh tells me he didn’t wanna eat boiled crawfish as a kid after he saw the first Alien movie, because mudbugs looked like the Aliens. He had a point, even though he was still a candy-ass for it. He says he got over it and he’ll eat ’em all the time now.
Anyway, this summer it looks like the biggest movie is gonna be the latest one Ridley Scott did. It’s called Prometheus, and it’s supposed to be a prequel to the Aliens movies. Here’s the trailer…
Now – last week Gawker had a story in which a tipster told them this was basically the plot line to the movie – the Gawker folks said they thought it sucked, but I dunno…
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.
But then Gawker updated the story to say that they talked to the Fox people and that ain’t it at all. My guess is that it’s more like kinda-sorta it, but there’s some big differences. My guess is also that the tip Gawker got was probably an inside job by somebody at Fox who wants all of us to hear all kinds of different stuff about how the plot actually goes, so that when the movie does come out we’re gonna have heard so many different things we won’t have a clue.
But I could be wrong. You never know about these things, and everybody’s got a different story. After all, there are people who’ll tell you Hugo was a good flick.
Don’t take their word for anything ever again, by the way. That movie was painfully crappy. Cool special effects and all, great cast, boring as math class.