Weyland-Yutani is a fictional mega-corporation set in the Alien universe that works to terraform worlds like the hostile LV-426.
It was there Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and crew of the Nostromo encountered a deadly race of aliens in Ridley Scott’s first film of the groundbreaking franchise.
And now Weyland is back with a TED teaser video for Scott’s long-awaited Prometheus sci-fi action film. Ostensibly set in March 2023, actor Guy Pearce gives a standing monologue about the the history of human technology and Weyland’s ultimate goal to design advanced cybernetic individuals.
"My name is Peter Weyland. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to change the world," Pearce says in the teaser video.
"We are now three months into the year of our Lord, 2023. At this moment in our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals who, in just a few short years, will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to the obvious conclusion: we are the gods now."
There are yet more teasers are ahead, as Weyland’s fictional bio may offer us some potential clues about the enigmatic plot of Prometheus:
"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."
Prometheus, which explores its own mythology and is not directly linked to Alien, hits theaters on June 8, 2012 via 20th Century Fox. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts, along with Damon Lindelof.