7 November 2011

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus': news update

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."

WSJ continues...

“’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.

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  1. This film has slowly grown on me --let's hope it doesn't burst out my chest :P

  2. One can only hope that Prometheus doesn't get so over-hyped prior to release that we can only be disappointed when we see it. The original Alien film didn't have this level of pre-release hype, and neither did Blade Runner, yet both became Sci Fi classics.

    After all the hype, I found Avatar to be a not very interesting film, despite its orgy of 3D special effects. Maybe if we hadn't been inundated with PR before the film opened, I might have been more receptive to it. It just felt as if we had been set up to be let down.

  3. Yes, excessive PR can - and often does - ruin movies. Knowing this to be the case, I actively avoided pretty much all 'Avatar'-related marketing. I also didn't have high expectations for an innovative story; and so, knowing very little about the movie beforehand, but with my faith firmly in James Cameron's directorial prowess, I came away from 'Avatar' a very happy cinemagoer. Looking forward now to the next instalments in the franchise.

    Looking forward to 'Prometheus' too. If the script is good, then the movie will be excellent. That seems to be the rule with Ridley Scott. Great director, but not always the greatest taste when it comes to choosing scripts!

  4. Agree with you about Scott. Great director who has come within a hair's breath of pulling off some pretty dicey scripts (the movie about The Crusades springs to mind). Fingers crossed that this is the same league as Blade Runner, which I read in some film buff blog is one of the most influential films of the 20th Century. New generations of filmmakers are still "borrowing" from it, even for non-Sci Fi genres.

  5. Scott will never better 'Blade Runner'. He'll never come close. His 'era of true inspiration' has long passed. That period when a director's films are pure, passionate, and seem to breathe with a life of their own. All great directors have these periods, usually - though not always - in the first five to ten years of their career. There are of course exceptions to this rule (Kubrick and Malick spring to mind).

    Scorsese will never make another 'Taxi Driver' or 'Raging Bull'; Oliver Stone will never make another 'Platoon' or 'JFK', and so on. And once a director reaches a certain age their creative juices start to dry up and they begin to operate on auto-pilot. They'll continue to produce good (sometimes very good) films with flashes of genius, but the seemingly 'divine' inspiration of their earlier years rarely returns. Genius is a fleeting wonder.

  6. Robbie Graham- TRUE but i dont think Scorsese is down for the count yet...

  7. Scorsese is still making very good films, no question. He's still one of the best and most interesting directors around. But even his best work of the past decade - The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, for example - pales in comparison to his work from the 1970s, 80s and '90s. At least, that's the way I see it. The same can be said for Spielberg.

  8. The way I see it, there are 2 types of genius: The Picassos and the Cezannes.

    The Picassos, like Pablo, are the precocious ones who create their most important work very early in their career, and so enjoy popularity at a very young age. Over time they still make interesting work, but not as relevant as their early age.

    The Cezannes, on the other hand, are the ones who mature slowly, and refine their talent over the years. Their best work is their latest, because they learn from their mistakes.

    I suppose that you don't get to see too many Cezannes in the movie industry because the studios are ruthless, and only like to support 'sure bets'; they are not interested in helping aspiring directors polish their skills, they want as much $$ as they can make with every film produced.

    Hence, the movie business is proliferated with Picassos only.

    Maybe things will change if independent filmmakers stop depending so much on the studios, and release their stuff exclusively on-line.

  9. Nicely put, Miguel. For me, though, a person either is a genius, or is not a genius. Genius is not something that is attained through a long process of (in this case artistic) refinement or by learning from one's mistakes. Genius simply is - in which case its works are 'perfect' - or it is not.

    Although there is no scientific consensus on what genius actually 'is' or how it arises, I believe it's something people (very few people) are born with, and which fades naturally over time.