So here are my top five things learned from today’s Prometheus panel at Wondercon, with some reporting from the Little Bleeders we have on the con floor.
1. We now know what the crew of the Prometheus have as their mission
Our characters are hunting a hieroglyph that has appeared, without explanation, in the artefacts of many ancient and unconnected civilisations. Essentially, this is Chariot of the Gods stuff. It seems like aliens have had their hand in our past, and left this symbol behind.
As to what this symbol means, Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace, refers to it as “an invitation.” You’ll see that in the full trailer later.
2. Damon Lindelof has no illusions about Ridley Scott’s standing with the fans
Talking in the Q&A Lindelof said “We all know it’ll be my fault if the movie sucks.”
If the film isn’t as good as hoped, it certainly won’t be down to the cinematography or production design, and it’s a bit of a stretch to think this cast will drop the ball. It seems like the biggest concerns at this stage will be the plotting, the thematic ideas and the dialogue, any of which could be extremely faulty and we’d not yet know.
And for for all of those, I can see Lindelof having to carry the can.
3. It’s not a spoiler to know that Michael Fassbender’s character David is an android.
We “start the movie” knowing that David is a Weyland robot. You certainly will if you’ve seen the most recent viral video. But I guess what they’re trying to tell us is that it’s never any kind of secret.
4. There are unanswered questions at the end of the movie
Ridley Scott is serious about wanting to make a sequel. He also noted that he’s missed the sci-fi genre and, refreshed by this experience, is going to make another pic like this “as soon as possible.”
5. Mark Strong is in the film?
That’s what our colleagues at HitFix believe anyway. We’ll all see when the new trailer goes live in just about 75 minutes from time of writing…
Thanks to Twitter’s KKJordan for the image at the head of the post.