A fictional TED talk from the year 2023 has been released today as a viral promotion for Prometheus, confirming what we heard a few weeks ago. TED is a non profit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In this talk, Peter Weyland from Weyland Industries (played by Guy Pearce), talks us about his own technological ambition, humankind and Prometheus. The video was conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof and directed by Luke Scott. You can watch the talk below. Alternatively you can download it in HD here.
Fox has also launched a new promotional website named after Weyland Industries: www.weylandindustries.com. In which they have included the following blurb: “Considered a seminal moment in the career of our founder Peter Weyland, this 2023 TED Talk launched Weyland Corp into the international spotlight.
In honor of our 50th year, Weyland Corp is planning to offer a new round of investment soon. Interested parties can expect to find out more within the next few days. #weylandinvestors“
Additionally, Jon Spaihts has commented on the TED talk, Weyland and canon via twitter, stating the following: “We tried not to violate canon wherever possible; but the canon’s not completely coherent and in the end story wins.”
Ridley Scott has apparently talked about the connection between the first Alien movie and Prometheus in an interview with IC Press. The news arrives via Hungarian website Mozinezo.hu, revealing some spoilery and yet to be confirmed details about Guy Pearce’s role in the film. According to them, Ridley stated the following (translated via Google, courtesy of APN):
“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, and 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.“
Update: This has been now confirmed via a viral promotion for Prometheus.
Thanks to Darkoo and Ikarop for this news. A nice chunk of production information for Prometheus has been unveiled via iMoviei.com.
The website lists the shooting locations which includes the previously unknown, Petra: “Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges.”
The business section also mentions the usage of animals and horses. Might not be anything but it is curious.
IGN.com has released a brand new cinematic trailer for Aliens Colonial Marines. The video is 1:14 minutes long and shows a slow motion scene featuring a group of Colonial Marines fighting an horde of Aliens. It’s definitely worth a look! We can also exclusively reveal that the trailer was crafted by Axis Animation in a team effort with Gearbox and Sega. You may remember them from this highly acclaimed cinematic trailer for Dead Island.
You can watch the trailer in Youtube below. Alternatively you can download it in glorious HD by clicking here. Thanks to Sega for the news & details.
Update (13/02/2012): Axis Animation has exclusively commented on the trailer for us. Find out what the studio has to say about their work on project by clicking the read more button below.
For the first time in almost a decade, an Aliens story will be featuring in Dark Horse Presents, it has been announced:
The story is written by John Layman and the artwork is being done by Sam Keith. It was also revealed back in July that these pair would be working on a new Aliens series. Whether this is related to that series is unknown at the moment.
Liam Sharp’s novella, Alien – Fast Track to Heaven, was also recently released. You can find that online or in your local comic shops. Look out for news of an upcoming 2nd novella.
Time for a bit of a round-up of small bits of recent Prometheus news!
Thanks to Ikarop and Darkoo for the links.
Today, Sega has revealed the box art for the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines game. You can find high-res shots of the artwork on PC, Xbox 360 and PC as well as the full press release by clicking the image below. Check out all the versions here. Also be sure to let us know your thoughts on the artwork in our forums.
In related news, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has talked about the game’s delay & Prometheus during a recent interview with Playstation. You can read the full thing here. Thanks to Sega for the news.
Amazon.com has revealed an upcoming art-book for Prometheus. The book, named Prometheus: The Art of the Film, will be available from June 5th, 2012 and comes in both standard (hardback in slipcase, $34.95) & limited (hardback with dust jacket, $75) editions. You can also pre-order the standard edition at Barnes&Noble or Forbidden Planet at a price of $19.75 and £19.99 (RRP £24.99) respectively.
“Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. Produced with the full co-operation of the filmmakers, this lavish book, showcasing stunning production design art and behind the scenes photos, will be the only tie-in publishing to this eagerly awaited film.”
Thanks to APN and Glaive for the news.