Official Prometheus Synopsis Still Vague: Foster Joins Rapace, Theron, Elba, Pearce, Fassbender

by Maggie Lange
July 1, 2011 7:03 AM
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Arriving in theaters in less than a year, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in mystery, plot details and the big-picture concept behind the grand-scale epic have been non-existent. The film was first reported in 2009, and named as an untitled prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien.

In response to a source claiming it had access to the storyline, 20th Century Fox finally released the film's official plot synopsis. See below: plot details remain obscure.

Fox’s synopsis reads:

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.

Other than locating the film in “the most dangerous corners of the universe,” “on a distant world,” the synopsis doesn’t give us much to go on. As Cinema Blend notes, “the synopsis itself is only 70 words (26 of which are dedicated to stroking Ridley Scott’s ego).”

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Scott himself has given out more intel, telling Screen Daily last year that the film will be located, metaphorically, on: “the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare?” In January, he spoke to MTV to undermine the tie to Alien, saying: “The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative.”

New news: Ben Foster has been added to the lineup, joining an already stellar cast that includes Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, and Michael Fassbender. Still in production, the film is set for release on June 8, 2012.

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  • ag | July 1, 2011 9:16 AMReply

    no, no. now, wait just a minute here. that synopsis tells us a lot. it tells us the scientists' journey is 'thrilling' for one thing. that's something. isn't it? that's goddam substantive if you ask me.

    there was a rumor on a discussion board saying the trip was boring. that got huge buzz online. everybody was saying the trip in 'prometheus' was a snooze-fest. nothing happens the whole trip. but, the synopsis makes it clear the trip is 'thrilling'. shot that rumor down. it's thrilling, not boring -- thank you very much.

    also, now we know there will be explorers. we didn't know that before. did we, now. i was under the impression it was a scientist-only excursion. no non-scientists allowed. did not know there would be explorers. that's a whole different story. that's the 'scientist/explorer' sub-genre. horse of another color. i, for one, am glad they set that straight. everything is more fun when you bring explorers. they want to go and check things out, like, 'what's in that cave over there?' an explorer will say, while the scientists just sit around playing games on their laptops. we should rejoice the fact the writers had the foresight to include action-packed explorer-driven storylines. let's face it, the 'scientist only' movie has been done to death. nobody wants to see any more of those.

    in addition, (as if we weren't already overwhelmed with plot details) we learn 'prometheus' will be an 'epic' story. nobody knew that. can you name one person that knew that? can you? word was 'small-scale character piece', not epic. like a stage play made into a movie. now that i know it's 'epic' i really want to see 'prometheus'. i love epics!

    except, now, i don't care anymore because they practically gave the whole thing away with this long-winded, super detail-oriented synopsis. why bother seeing the movie at all? they ruined it. synopsis idiots.

    ps -- love that you did a word count

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