Peter Weyland Talks the Future
In one of my favorite viral videos I’ve seen thus far, Peter Weyland, played by Guy Pearce, talks about the history — and the future — of technology. As he does, he weaves the story of Prometheus into his talk and while the story supports his claim that “we are the gods” now, it also casts an eerie foreshadow on what we are to expect from the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi thriller Prometheus.
For those of you who might not remember, it was the Weyland-Yutani Corporation that was ultimately responsible for the discovery of the xenomorphs in the first Alien movie and were the ones responsible for most of what happened in Aliens (what with sending those marines back to the planet to collect a xenomorph or two). Fans have been eager to discover the link between Prometheus and the Alien franchise and they were just handed it on a silver platter. Only time will tell if there are other connections.
What fascinates me about this is the way the summer blockbusters are shaping up — specifically the common theme that unites them: You can’t trust companies, corporations, or the government.
See: The Dark Knight Rises.
See: The Hunger Games.
See: John Carter.
One might even include Brave for its clear “tradition isn’t always a good thing” message. It’s not-at-all surprising, considering the political climate we’ve found ourselves in the for the past ten years, but it is interesting. It reminds me of the movies that came out in the last sixties and early seventies and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if this is just the beginning.