Happy Birthday David: Prometheus

David the Android is born in this deliberately unnerving viral simultaneously reminiscent of an Apple promo and the private prison video diary of a mass murderer. Dubious though the claim that he could perform tasks ‘other employees might find uncomfortable or unethical,’ seems like an odd reassurance that it’s not going to go frikkin’ crazy and attempt to off the crew on corporate orders.

What is strange is the way that the original Alien universe is beginning to expand. With Cameron’s Avatar 2 on it’s way soon – carrying the hallmarks of a shared universe with his instalment of the Alien franchise – what’s weird is how similar the production design is on Earth. With Avengers showcasing the first true franchise tie-in in cinema history – are we looking at a more intelligent shared universe with the associated Alien franchises? I’m counting 8 movies already (counting the admittedly poor AvP).

Hollywood being what it is and the independent nature of the associated Directors, no, probably not. However, with the success of Avengers maybe the ka-ching of broad associated universes in cinema will start to happen more often. Intriguing stuff but most likely just my head wandering about….

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TED 2023 – Prometheus Goes Viral

Marketing for Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi production is ramping up as we get closer to its global release. In this brand new viral we see visionary industrialist, Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pierce) doing his best John Hammond impression as he address TED. For the curious, “TED” stands for “Technology Entertainment and Design” and is a real organisation that hosts lectures showcasing “Ideas worth spreading,” sorry if you thought I was talking about Father Ted.

The clip is very cool and further adds to the evidence suggesting that Prometheus will be something very special. Just so long as Mr Weyland remembers that it’s all fun and games until somebody gets eaten by a T-Rex Alien.

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(That’s to Paul “King of Cameras” Wade for sending us the clip, literally seconds after it went live)