WonderCon Weyland Corp. Viral Cards Unlock a New Android Video
by Alex Billington
March 18, 2012
"Big things have small beginnings." Already one of my favorite lines. It's a big weekend for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, as it earned massive buzz at WonderCon in Anaheim from Q&A's and the trailer premiere, which skyrocketed this to the very top of my most anticipated list this summer. Thankfully they're keeping things moving and the viral is still very active. On our way into the panel, we were given small translucent white Weyland Corp. business cards that contained nothing but a shiny logo, the viral website address, and phone number: **WEYLAND. Which if you dial, will unlock this rather eerie new android viral video.
As explained by our friends on the Alien Prequel News blog, the new video (seen below) was discovered by calling that number, which goes to a Weyland operator informing you that all lines are busy, but it sends a text in return. The text contains a link and now we get our first reveal of the birth of David, the "synthetic being", or rather, android, played by Michael Fassbender, seen in Prometheus. Let's get it out of the way now that is not a spoiler, but this video is a rather sneaky way to really introduce fans to "David". Watch:
This isn't the only viral Prometheus update either. During the panel (and seen on twitter) they announced that you could also call the phone number: **MOVIE, which actually instead just sends out a link to that original "Prometheus Has Landed" IMAX trailer we featured the other night. So there's tons of new footage to see, tons of new viral content to sift through (including these cool cards), and even more to unlock ahead.
As part of the updates the previous evening when the shorter IMAX trailer hit, there was also a brief update on WeylandIndustries.com in the Corporate Timeline. It announced the "Project Prometheus" title and link to, also seen in that trailer, ProjectPrometheus.com. Which is the latest viral/ARG website to be discovered as part of this. Considering how much "Project Prometheus" seems to be mentioned in the movie and in the viral already, this might become a full featured site for the actual mission or the spaceship itself.
That's all on the Prometheus viral updates for now after a big day at WonderCon. I have a few extra Weyland Corp. cards, so find me on twitter if you want one. This entire viral for Prometheus is very impressive so far, not only being fantastically well-designed, but for also being a part of the reveal and fan experience, too. That android video above is kind of freaky, but awesome, and I'm hoping this is the start of more (android) content to come over the three months until this arrives in theaters in early June. Stay tuned for updates.