Damon Lindelof Comments on if Prometheus Viral Campaign & Trailer Spoil the Film?

(Photo from Collider.com)

It is safe to say that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has had some of the smartest marketing I have ever seen for a film.  Not only does it tease us with some of the horror and action to be seen but leaves a lot of questions in your mind about how it all comes together.  So there is still a lot of mystery behind the film and everyone is keeping a tight lip about it.  The reason for the secrecy is that the completed version of the film is much different from the original script because of the involvement Lost writer Damon Lindelof according to Adam Chitwood of Collider.com.

Prior to Lindelof tossing his two cents into the script for Prometheus, Jon Spaihts had written essentially a direct prequel to Scott’s Alien.  An interview with “Entertainment Weekly” reveals that it was actually Lindelof’s idea to have Prometheus be a “parallel prequel.”  I must say that is pretty genius because ever since Alien 3, the xenomorph and all its different forms have lost their flair.  Alien Resurrection and the AVP’s just were no good.  This also should allow for a Prometheus 2, should fans demand it.

Lindelof then goes on to comment on the viral campaign, the videos featuring Michael Fassbender as David 8 and Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland.  This is what helps place it in front of Alien if you were to plot it on a timeline.  In Alien, Weyland Industries is well established where as in Prometheus it is just starting out considering its creator is still young and alive.

The latest full length reveals a lot more about the events in Prometheus.  If you have not yet seen the trailer that debuted almost two weeks ago refer to one of my earlier blogs about it.  If you have seen it, do you think it showed too much?  Lindelof states that with a lot of trailers lately you walk out thinking you just saw the whole freaking movie, why would you want to go see it now?  As I stated earlier I think there is a good balance of what it does show and what is left to your imagination.

Now the final bit to the interview was about what does the title of the film/ship stand for and/or suggest?  As the myth goes, the Gods were uncertain over the potential intentions of the human race if give the power of fire.  So how does this apply to the film?  To put it plainly without giving too much of the Prometheus’ story, Lindelof says:

“So the essential story is:  I don’t want to give my kid this toy because eventually he will develop it into a weapon that will kill me.  So I will therefore withhold it from him.  And what is the price I must exact on somebody who betrays me?”

Does this mean the human in the film are given an opportunity of greatness and when they choose to do the wrong thing with it other worldly being will unleash a wrath upon them?  I cannot wait to see Prometheus!  For more on the story here is a featurette released not too long ago:


Consulted Article:

Chtiwood Adam. “Damon Lindelof Talks Turning an ALIEN Prequel into PROMETHEUS, the Viral Campaign, Revealing Too Much in Trailers and More.”  Collider.com.  Date Published:  May 11, 2012.

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  1. #1 by condemnedmovies on May 13, 2012 - 9:26 PM

    I’ve basically had the whole thing spoiled for me already by a graphic somebody put together with stills from the various trailers, interpreting the storyline. It’s not as big of a deal for me, because I’m more impressed by narrative than plot, unless it’s a serial like Sopranos or Mad Men or something. If all the film has going for it is plot and no creepy psychological subtext, then it’s an unworthy successor to the legacy of Alien. If it’s a pulsating action film, then perhaps it meets the standard set by Aliens. I kind of suspect that it’s got a far better chance at the latter.

    • #2 by rochpikey on May 13, 2012 - 9:46 PM

      I hear what you’re saying. Knowing that it was show for 3D purposes it is definitely gearing up like Aliens but I think Scott wanted to implement some of the elements gave Alien that psychological, sci-fi horror effect with the story. I don’t for sure though until I see it, everything has been very hush-hush. And thanks for the comment! Glad someone reads this!

  2. #3 by Jamie Helton on May 15, 2012 - 5:00 PM

    In my opinion, this is the way sequels (well, okay, prequels) should be made. Don’t try to tell the same story repeatedly, but bring something new and innovative to the universe the original created. “Aliens” did this by taking the elements of “Alien” and beefing them up and throwing them into the middle of a military action flick instead of a truck-drivers-in-a-haunted-house-in-space movie. In fact, each of the films in the series (not counting the lousy AvP ones) attempted to do this. That’s why I appreciate “Terminator Salvation” more than most people do, because the filmmakers had the guts to break from the time travel setup that had become cliched by the third film (you’d think that after their second failed attempt, the robots would give up sending terminators back through time to kill John Connor) and actually give us the future war, at least in some form. There seems to be a lot more to explore in the “Alien” universe, so hopefully “Prometheus” will deliver the goods.

    • #4 by rochpikey on May 16, 2012 - 8:33 AM

      Yes! I couldn’t agree with you more. Sequels and Prequels need to have the same elements of their predecessors but have to add something to the story so long as it is in the realm of the story. Example of this done wrong: Jason Goes to Hell. Why on Earth would they have made that movie? Your example of Terminator Salvation is a great one of adding to the story done right. you can only do so many movie about preventing Judgement Day. Thanks for reading this and commenting!

  3. #5 by randomgingernija on May 19, 2012 - 4:05 AM

    I’m hocked already, really want to see this movie and totally agree the marketing on this movie has been great.

    • #6 by rochpikey on May 19, 2012 - 3:54 PM

      Thanks for the comment and the follow! Yeah I am already on this movie being the best of the summer simply because of the marketing.

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