I won’t be seeing the anxiously-anticipated Prometheus this summer. Mainly because of its marketing, or better described as pre-marketing. For those not plugged into nerd culture/news, let me recap for you:
- ‘Alien’ Prequel Takes Off (Variety, July 2009)
- Ridley Scott Reveals ‘Alien’ Prequel Details (MTV, April 2010) The choice quote from director Ridley Scott in this interview? “It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley]. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair. Remember that?”
- Ridley Scott Directing ‘Prometheus’ For Fox (Deadline New York, January 2011) At this point, the statement was issued that Prometheus was definitely not a prequel to Alien, in fact it was described as only having some “alien DNA” in it (meaning it shared the atmosphere and some thematic qualities.)
- Ridley Scott Reveals the Connection Between ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Alien’ (Movieweb, February 2012) Choice quote: “The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.”
Wow, so according to the director the only real connection between this movie and the Aliens franchise is the inclusion of the character of Peter Weyland. This is incredibly disappointing, because apparently Scott missed the fact that this plot point appeared in ‘Alien3’ and the first ‘Aliens vs. Predator’ movie, making his work achingly unoriginal. It’s also blatantly false. Look at how many connections were identified at Den of Geek based on the trailer.
This is why I won’t be seeing the movie; because if it was a good movie (or had any hope of being one) they wouldn’t have felt the need to jerk around their audience with this schtick of “it’s a prequel … OR IS IT?!” It’s like the tendency of movies these days to fail to commit to being straight up science fiction (see my comments on ‘Take Shelter’ and ‘Another Earth’) taken to a metatextual level and applied to audiences.