The hotly anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus edges ever closer to the big screen as its shoot is now complete and its director, Ridley Scott (left), has just dropped a few more hints about its Ancient Astronaut-themed narrative.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) quotes Scott as saying: “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.”
WSJ notes that “Scott is especially excited about the story of Prometheus — you can hear the enthusiasm in his voice when he discusses the film. The screenplay was written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. “I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” Scott says. “This developed and came out extremely well.”
WSJ has also confirmed with 20th Century Fox that Sigourney Weaver – star of the first four Alien films – does not make a cameo in Prometheus, but notes that, according to Scott, “the last eight minutes of the Prometheus story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”
Regarding the use of 3-D and CGI in his film, Scott told WSJ that he has “completely taken off into this cyberworld,” referring to the Prometheus shoot as “the best time I’ve had in a number of years making a movie.”
It is also reassuring that, although the veteran director has “embraced ‘all the tricks, [and] the toys’ of computer-generated imagery and 3-D,” his movie’s fantastical effects will remain refreshingly old-school: “I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing.”
Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. It is scheduled for a June 2012 release.
'Alien' prequel to explore 'Ancient Astronaut' theory
Ridley Scott talks 'Prometheus'; first official image released