Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is currently running neck and neck (or space helmet and bat-cowl, if you like) with The Dark Knight Rises for the title of Most Mysterious Action Film of Summer 2012. More and more plot elements, both leaked and featured in the excellently spooky trailer, indicate that Prometheus is a full-on prequel to Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien…and a newly released Prometheus viral ad posing as an android infomercial, only serves to strengthen the connection to the original Alien.
In the pseudo infomercial advertising the benefits of androids—specifically, the “David” model portrayed by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus—we learn that the androids of Prometheus’ future have been created by the Weyland Corporation. For those of you who don’t obsess over such things, the Weyland Corp is one half of the fictional (and evil) Weyland-Yutani megacorporation behind the most of the human misdeeds in Alien and Aliens.
In another callback to the original Alien, David notes that he is capable of actions that most humans would be uncomfortable with, including dangerous or unethical acts, which seems like a definite nod to Ash, the deranged android from the original film; further, the fact that David begins to cry when he states he is incapable of human emotion doesn’t exactly speak well of the artificial man’s stability.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until June 8th to find out if any of these connections hold water. Until then, we must stay strong, and use the internet for the one thing it was designed for: ceaseless, unfounded speculation about movies that will be released in the next 6-8 weeks.
What do you think of the Prometheus android ad?
Source: Coming Soon