Earlier this morning, Gavin posted the new Prometheus trailer, the epic return of Ridley Scott to the lands of Science Fiction. That fact alone would have been enough to see it quantum leap it?s way to the top of my list of most anticipated movies of 2012, but there is a mystery around Prometheus that has my geeky mind racing at warp speed.
When Prometheus was first announced, it was said to be the long rumoured prequel for Scott?s 1979 classic, Alien. All the initial leaked images ? with their mix of futuristic industrial tech and Geiger designed landscapes and spaceships - as well as all the plot descriptions supported this assertion. Sci-fi film geeks around the world simultaneously developed indelible grins, for it seemed that the messiah was finally returning.
Then suddenly it was announced that Prometheus was not going to be an Aliens prequel but rather a separate story ?with strands of Alien DNA?, and the internet was filled with a collective ?What the???
MTV then outright asked one of the lead actors, Michael Fassbender, if Alien and Prometheus was connected and he replied with an unequivocal ?Oh, absolutely. There?s a definite connecting vein.?
Now the trailer has been released, and eagle-eyed viewers immediately spotted a few, shall we say, interesting clues.
The first of these is the overall design and editing of the trailer itself. Thematically and structurally, it is eerily reminiscent of the original Alien trailer, complete with the movie title being slowly revealed a letter at a time.