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The annual Wondercon was held over the weekend and one of the big events was the reveal of the second trailer for Prometheus, the sort-of Alien prequel written by Star Trek sequel writer/producer Damon Lindelof. Check it out below along with a cool viral video for the film.
Prometheus Trailer – remind anyone else of "The Chase"?
Here is the Prometheus trailer that was shown during Wondercon (plus the international version).
Prometheus director Ridley Scott has noted that theme of clues hidden in ancient civilizations about the origin of man was inspired by Erich von Daniken's 1968 book "Chariots of the Gods." However, I am also getting a bit of a vibe from Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Chase" (which was inspired by Carl Sagan's "Contact"). Let's not forget that Lindelof is a big fan of TNG and he is not above borrowing from he show. Four years ago he talked to TrekMovie about how the pivotal Lost episode "The Constant" was an homage to TNG's "All Good Things."
Trailer for TNG's "The Chase"
Cool viral video for Prometheus – should be model for Trek sequel
Also of note, a couple of weeks ago Fox released a very cool viral video to promote Prometheus. The video conjectures a future TED conference talk with Guy Pearce as Peter Wayland talking about where his company is headed and the future of robotics.
Damon Lindelof confirmed that this scene actually isn't in the film, so it is just an in-universe bit of viral video promotion. Hopefully as a producer on the new Star Trek film, Lindelof can make these kinds of things happen for the sequel. As director JJ Abrams is famously concerned about secrecy, these kind of viral promotions could be something that can be down, while not actually showing parts of his super-secret movie.
Prometheus comes out June 8, 2012.