By Gabe Toro | The Playlist April 6, 2011 at 1:39AM
Movie websites become desperate for page views. As a result, rumors take flight and somehow get upgraded briefly to "truth" before the filmmakers can sort out the misinformation. Lately, however, a spate of big releases have been playing a lengthy game of chicken with film websites, the suggestion being that false information was being leaked in order to throw publicity hounds off these movies' tracks.
Such is the case with "Prometheus," Ridley Scott's new film. The sci-fi offering, currently shooting in London, was "conceived" as a prequel to "Alien." Though hearing Scott discuss the matter, suddenly the rumor was that Fox was allowing Scott to make a $200 million movie without any ties to the "Alien" universe. Others suggested that this was the early days of the xenomorph beasts we saw in "Alien," built into a conventional science fiction story. But who claims to have the full story? Why, could it be the consistently-wrong, will-print-anything folks at MarketSaw?
The site claims to have an inside-inside bird feeding them email information about the plot. And judging by what they believe, the film will register as a genuine standalone story until the final act when "the movie switches gears and shifts into Aliens territory. Pinewood houses an exact replica of the H.R. Giger Space Jockey command post. You may notice in the original Alien that the Space Jockey had a puncture on its considerably large chest, where the xenomorph broke out through the flesh of the creature and broke through the biomechanical armor it wears.
"You may also notice how big the Space Jockey is in relation to its human counter parts in the film. So imagine how big the baby must be, which is yet to grow. Then imagine quite a few of these. If you can do that, you got a pretty good grasp on the final act. And do not be expecting the traditional look either, these are very different creatures that will keep the general architecture of the xenomorph, but will have a considerably different look, and do very perverse things." Hopefully that doesn't involve "voting Republican."
The spy also refers to the current "Prometheus" script as being similar to "2001: A Space Odyssey," as it will push"the boundaries of what a modern tent pole science fiction movie could be," though they wouldn't go into further details, only to hint that there may be more sex than people are expecting.
On a similar note, the movie site MovieNewz supposedly found out the plot details behind Zack Snyder's "Superman," which they claim will be another origin story with Metallo serving as the villain. The plot revolves around Lois Lane's father building the experimental cyborg with Kryptonite to defeat Superman. While Metallo is one of only about four semi-interesting Superman villains, we doubt the validity of a report that pretty much describes the plot of the early aughts' "Hulk."
So is all this just random BS or are there kernels of truth here and there? Guess we'll have to wait and see next year when "Prometheus" hits theaters on June 8th, while "Superman" aims for a December bow.