The premise Prospect is based on is not a new idea, it’s a classic get rich quick scheme, that gets complicated (who knew?) in a universe that still works on the concept of haves and have-nots. A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote, toxic planet on the hunt for riches. In their pursuit, they must contend with its treacherous inhabitants to survive and escape the savage world. Prospect is another in a long line of the sorts of outer space westerns as part of the legacy of Firefly and Serenity.
They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her path to escape.
Cee (Sophie Thatcher) is a teenager living with her widower father, Damon (Jay Duplass), on a space freighter. They are prospectors in orbit around a green moon rich with precious gems called aurelacs. Extracting them from their fat spermatozoidal sacs is a risky and complicated process. But Damon is uniquely skilled and also desperate to make ends meet, which is why he decides to risk their lives for the chance at one big score that would cure their financial ills for good. Of course, they aren’t the only ones after the motherlode. Damon’s get-rich-quick scheme soon turns into a fight for survival for him and his daughter.
Prospect is an American science fiction film starring Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, and Pedro Pascal. The film is written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. It premiered on March 5, 2018, at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival. The company Gunpowder and Sky, under their science fiction-oriented label Dust, will release the film in Regal Cinemas theaters on November 2, 2018. The film will arrive on video-on-demand in 2019.