I used to love the summer movie season, but now that I have kids, I’ve grow to dread it a bit. First, the kids want to see all of the kiddie movies, which causes scheduling problems - there are only so many weekends in a summer. Second, the kids want to see the crappy movies – “Daddy! Another Madagascar sequel!” I’d love to be able to take the kids to the movies they want. I also want to see a bunch of grownup movies as well. Between working full time and writing for a bunch of websites, what oh what is a dad to do? The folks at the Weyland Corporation have the answer, it seems.
Of course, that’s Michael Fassbender; also, androids aren’t real (the Republican Candi-bot being the exception). The above is the second in a series of viral ads for Ridley Scott‘s forthcoming Prometheus. What’s it about, you ask? Here’s the official synopsis:
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.
Wait a sec, you say. That sounds a bit like 2001: A Space Odyssey. Wasn’t this supposed to be a prequel to Alien, Ridley Scott’s first big hit, the benchmark of sci-fi horror films? Not that I mind if it isn’t, you continue, because frankly the only good Alien sequel was Aliens and I lost interest after noted sci-fi author William Gibson’s pretty badass script for the third Alien movie was rejected in favor of the lackluster one used for Alien 3.
So a few teasers and trailers have been released, and they all seem to support the Official Synopsis – a bunch of people in a spaceship land on a weird planet and bad things start happening to them. But is it really an Alien prequel? It looks pretty scary – definitely not for the kiddies – and Alien geeks will note that some of the scenes feature some of the stuff that the Nostromo crew encountered on their ill-fated voyage (a giant U-shaped spaceship, dead alien astronaut sitting in the big Space Pilot chair). On the flip side, Scott himself has been pretty coy about the whole thing, giving out very few details about the plot, and refusing to call the movie a prequel while acknowledging that it does have roots in the previous Alien movies. Whatever that means.
Thankfully, the Internets have not done a whole lot to spoil anything, but if you’re so inclined, Harry Knowles over at Ain’t It Cool News got his mitts on the script and posted a fairly detailed overview of the movie. (I didn’t provide a direct link, as I didn’t want to ruin it for myself.) I’m one of those guys that yells the loudest when it comes to Hollywood belching out sequel after prequel after reboot. And yet I’m really looking forward to this, prequel or no. And if Bill Paxton makes a cameo as Hudson’s dad, so much the better.