The Weekly Geek: “Prometheus” goes viral


As if we couldn’t be any more excited for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien-related sci-fi flick, Prometheus, a new viral video has just launched. It was released from this year’s TED 2023 conference, of all places, and it’s a tasty bit of fan-baiting, featuring Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, the menacing suit behind the Weyland Corporation.


Check out the description from TED’s site:

Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade. Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three-year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.

If that doesn’t quite sound familiar to you, think back to Aliens. Ignore the visions of space marines and Sigourney Weaver in a tank top – remember the corporation everyone worked for? That’s right: Weyland-Yutani. Weyland is the connection between the Alien series proper and the new flick, as revealed on I09:

When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship.

The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.

So, to recap: Prometheus will have Alien’s visionary director (Scott), Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and thematic connections to two of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Are we missing anything?

All signs point toward a June 8 release date. Needless to say, we can hardly wait.

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