In Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, David (Michael Fassbender) was an android that become obsessed with the power of creation, and thus was the catalyst behind the black DNA being released among the crew. His head survived the end of the film and was whisked away by Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) to the Engineers’ home planet. We have no idea what has happened to Shaw, although it was confirmed that she does appear in the forthcoming Alien: Covenant in some capacity. As for David, well, he’s apparently the sole inhabitant on a newly dead planet when the Covenant crew arrive.
But that’s not Fassbender’s only role. He also plays Walter, an android aboard the Covenant. The two look exactly alike because, well, they are. Fassbender’s likeness is the base of Weyland-Yutani Corp’s androids. David was apparently so successful that the next model was revealed – you guessed it, the Walter series.
From the launch video released today you can see that the look of the new synthetic remains in tone with previous editions, yet vast improvements have been implemented across its processing core. Higher levels of human interaction, vast array of skills and knowledge, deeper understanding of human empathy and personality levels that will make you come to question if he isn’t, in fact, human.
The video is another high-level marketing tool for Scott’s Alien: Covenant, in theaters May 19th. In a short video that’s better than HBO’s “Westworld”, we watch the beautiful dance of creation as two techs bring to life the very first “Walter” android. It’s an absolutely stunning short film that I can only hope is included on the home video release of Covenant.
Morgan‘s Luke Scott directed the video, which is a companion to the previously released viral short, “The Last Supper”.
Reserve your Walter at: http://www.meetwalter.com
Twentieth Century Fox’s much anticipated, action-thriller, “Alien: Covenant,” hitting theaters May 19th, marks visionary director Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he created. Continuing to enthrall fans, FOX has tapped Advanced Micro Devices to be the official CPU/GPU partner for “Alien: Covenant” and today will release its branded short, “Meet Walter” that stars Michael Fassbender as his character Walter. As the centerpiece of the #MeetWalter campaign, this short introduces Walter, the latest synthetic android with intelligence powered by AMD, RyzenTM and RadeonTM processors, and manufactured by the film’s fictional corporation Weyland-Yutani.
The short, conceived by Ridley Scott and 3AM, produced by RSA Films with technology partner AMD and directed by Luke Scott, showcases Walter as the world’s most advanced synthetic companion, created to serve and designed to help achieve a better human experience with intelligence. As part of the campaign, a limited-edition poster debuts online and at SXSW, plus a Twitter activation allows users to tweet #MeetWalter to receive a personalized video autoreply from Walter.
“Partnering with AMD, one of the world’s leading technology companies, for our film’s ‘Meet Walter’ campaign aligned perfectly with our vision of the incredible potential of AI that Michael so wonderfully brings to life through Alien: Covenant’s Walter,” said Ridley Scott. “In AMD we have a partner at the forefront of developing and implementing artificially intelligent technologies, showcasing where the future of AI may well be heading. Bringing AMD into our longstanding collaboration with 20th Century Fox on the Alien films is inspiring and exciting.”
“AMD is at the forefront of advancements in AI, machine learning and at developing technologies which are used every day,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice-President, Marketing Partnerships. “Given their amelioration in these technologies, we knew this was the perfect partnership for our film.”
“Once we saw the great connection between ‘Alien: Covenant’, the ‘Meet Walter’ short and AMD processor technologies, including AMD SenseMI technologies in our new Ryzen processors, and our Radeon Instinct accelerators, this technology collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox and Luke Scott was one we couldn’t resist,” said Jim Anderson, SVP & GM Computing & Graphics Business Group.
Alien: Covenant follows the crew of a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy that discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. The ensemble cast includes Michael Fassbender (The X-Men Franchise), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”). In addition to directing, Ridley Scott serves as producer along with Mark Huffman, Michael Schaefer, David Giler and Walter Hill. The screenplay is by John Logan and Dante Harper from a story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green.