Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof has tonight tweeted a link to the best bit of Prometheus marketing yet: a TED talk from the year 2023, presented by Peter Weyland.
As we learned the other day, Weyland is Guy Pearce’s character in the film. Pearce has said he only appears “for a minute” in the movie, which, if literal, would mean he gets more screen time in this viral.
Sounds like an awful lot is going to go down in the next eleven years. Anybody else surprised how early in the Alien timeline that these events are taking place? Also: does this confirm that the old man seen in the trailers is Weyland, and therefore Pearce in makeup?
TED say of Weyland:
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.
Sir Peter Weyland was born in Mumbai, India at the turn of the Millennium. The progeny of two brilliant parents; His mother, an Oxford Educated Professor of Comparative Mythology, his father, a self-taught software Engineer, it was clear from an early age that Sir Peter’s capabilities would only be eclipsed by his ambition to realize them. By the age of fourteen, he had already registered a dozen patents in a wide range of fields from biotech to robotics, but it would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire.
In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth. “There are other worlds than this one,” Sir Peter boldly declared, “And if there is no air to breathe, we will simply have to make it.“
The promo was directed by Luke Scott, and conceived by his pa, Ridley and Damon Lindelof but kudos to all involved, this is great stuff.