Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus, Including How It Sets Up Alien

While talking with the Speakeasy blog at the “Wall Street Journal”, “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott dropped a few bombs about “Prometheus”, his upcoming return to the realm of science fiction. And what he has to say sounds really damn intriguing, as he drops story nuggets, details of how “Prometheus” fits into the “Alien” mythology, and whether or not Sigourney Weaver will make an appearance.

First up, the plot:

The central metaphor of “Prometheus” is about a “higher being” who challenges the gods, and the gods don’t want to give him fire. “Fire is our first form of technology,” Scott says, and so by taking fire, the higher being is punished “in perpetuity in a horrible fashion.” Much like the story of the mythological god, Prometheus, who stole fire from Zeus and for his actions was bound to a rock with an eagle eternally devouring his liver.

This stealing technology from the gods theme is fertile ground to explore, especially from a sci-fi perspective, and it will be curious to see how this plays out in space with space-age tech.

It has long been speculated, reported, assumed, and denied, that “Prometheus” is a prequel to “Alien”. Scott sheds a bit of light on that one, saying that, “The last eight minutes of the “Prometheus” story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one.” To my mind that sounds suspiciously like an admission that “Prometheus” sets up the “Alien” franchise, though it is, of course, vague and inconclusive. But whatever, I’ll take it.

The Speakeasy article also confirms that Sigourney Weaver, who appeared in the previous four “Alien” movies (am I the only one that doesn’t count the “Alien Vs. Predator” movies into this cannon, or is that the way most people see it?), will not show up in “Prometheus”. So, those of us hoping to see Ripley kick a little more alien ass will have to settle for rewatching the original quadrilogy. Worse things have happened.

Scott also discusses that, while he has accepted and welcomed some of the technological advances in speculative film making, he still has mad love for old school, practical special effects. He says, “I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing.” That brings a smile to my face. The visceral fear that the monsters in the original films create is one of my favorite parts of that movie, and I know there have been great advances in digital technology, but there is a primal, animal reaction that concrete effects can create that are hard to duplicate with pixels and a green screen.

Shot in 3D, “Prometheus” is now in post-production and stars Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”, “Inglorious Basterds”), Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”), Idris Elba (“The Wire”), and Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), among others, and is scheduled for release June 8, 2012.

Via : Speakeasy



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Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight

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