We’ve known for some time now that Ridley Scott’s currently in production science-fiction film Prometheus, started off life as a prequel to his classic Alien before moving off in a different direction, although possibly still being set in the Alien franchise universe. It’s hard to say for certain, though, as Scott has been fairly cagey about spilling details on the new plot of the film and how it may relate to Alien.
Well, io9 has reported that they’ve solved that mystery and have posted the following synopsis they were forwarded by a tipster.
Earth. Year 2058.
Archaeological digs in Africa reveals alien artifacts that proves humans were genetically engineered by a advanced alien race (space
jockeys). These “Alien Gods” also terraformed Earth in order to make it habitable for their human creations. Amongst the finds are coordinates to the Alien Gods’ home-world. To Paradise. Months later the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship PROMETHEUS and his
crew, into deep space to make first contact. Thanks to faster than light travel a few years later the PROMETHEUS enters the Zeta Riticuli star system. Humans are greeted by their makers, then transported further into space to a scary yet fascinating world.
The Alien Gods are proud of their “children”, their first creation to reach such levels of intelligence.
As a reward they share bits of their astonishing bio-based technologies with the humans. But for one member of the Prometheus’ crew it’s not enough. In a treacherous act he steals the “bio-source code” to Terraforming, a technology at the origin of all Gods’ powers, that could make humans equal to their creators. The Alien Gods may be scientists but are also ruthless conquerors,
destroyers of worlds who will not accept humans as equals. They unleash on the escaping human crew their favorite bio-weapon, a
creature used to “clean up” worlds before colonization. But something goes wrong in the process and humans manage to turn the bio-weapon against their makers. Giving birth to a smarter, nastier, bigger breed of gut eating creatures. Creatures that will be the demise of Paradise. What’s left of the Prometheus crew manages to escape the doomed alien planet.
On their trail a survivor Alien God on a familiar ship with an ultimate mission.
Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.
Well, that definitely sounds like an interesting story and anyone with just a passing familiarity with the Alien franchise can easily guess where how this would fit into the grand scheme of things.
Of course the question remains as to whether this is legit or not. We’ll see as we get closer to film’s June 8, 2012 release.