Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prometheus-ish Clip: Peter Weyland gives a TED Talk....in 2023

One of the most anticipated movies coming out this year is Ridley Scott's prequel-but-not-really film, PROMETHEUS. We all anticipated the teaser trailer, which ended up showing us next to nothing but a lot of really cool images, and now today we are seeing the beginnings of a viral marketing campaign.

A piece was created by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof shows Peter Weyland giving a speech at TED in the year 2023. This clip is not the in the movie but sheds some light on Guy Pearce's character.

Check out the clip after the jump.

The TED Blog gives this description of the talk:

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.
And describes a little bit about Peter Weyland:

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.”

Oh yes, and your ALIENS history is correct. Peter Weyland of Weyland Corp, which is half Weyland-Yutani, the big bad corporation that has its hands in space colonization and research. So sounds like Peter has a tad of a God complex, yet his speech was completely engrossing. We'll be sure to keep you updated on all the upcoming viral marketing.

PROMETHEUS will be released June 8 2012 starring Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace.

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