Director Ridley Scott stalks Prometheus

In Stereo 3D, everyone can  see you scream

via WSJ

Prometheus is Director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated return to sci fi, and filmed in 3D no less. So far, Scott and company have kept things under a tight lid, so we’ll have to wait and see what surfaces for stars Micheal Fassbinder and Charlize Theron June 8, 2012 (taking into account, we may have the apocalypse to worry about). Let’s hope the premier happens before things go terribly awry on a global scale.

While holding our collective breath, here’s a plot synopsis from 2oth Century Fox:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.”

Apparently there’s much to be said about just how much Alien DNA is to be found in Prometheus, but according to an upcoming Wall Street Journal interview with Mr. Scott,  a few tidbits on the recently wrapped production of Prometheus have indeed been hatched. A few points, ala  @barbarachai  from  WSJ’s Speakeasy:

– Ridley Scott on the script for Prometheus: “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.” (Damon Lindelof wrote the script).

–  Prometheus & Alien;  The last eight minutes of the “Prometheus” story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one”, says Scott.

– Sigourney Weaver; She’s not coming back for a cameo.    ( Now I’m sad. )

Scott likes playing with CGI; He’s apparently “completely taken off into this cyberworld”, but opts for the real thing when he can get it. Ridley goes for the real thing in a big way, too- having booked the Pine Wood ‘Bond’ stage, filling up all 59,000 sq feet of it. The man has vision, he does.

I’m pretty excited about the return of Ridley to wield his genius in the genre that got me roped into Ridley’s stuff in the first place. ALIEN being a classic, it proved a formative element in many a filmmaker’s development. Story, structure, character development, pacing…and unalienable tension rising throughout, an impending sense of doom. And it’s got a hero’s journey running thru it, ending with Sigourney pulling out the stops in a fight I’ll remember forever. Close quarters combat with THAT THING? Crazy, brilliant stuff.  But I digress.

The following bit is from MarketSaw, courtesy of a well placed insider: (Spoiler Warning!)

Photo:“Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movie, currently going by the name Prometheus, is going to be a very large and intense story, with a scope that is epic, the final act is where the movie switches gears and shifts into Aliens territory… You may notice in the original Alien that the Space Jockey had a puncture on its considerably large chest, where the xenomorph broke out through the flesh of the creature and broke through the biomechanical armor it wears. You may also notice how big the Space Jockey is in relation to its human counter parts in the film. So imagine how big the baby must be, which is yet to grow. “

All in, Scott apparently had a grand time wielding his genius in the making of PROMETHEUS.  Scott says; “Working on ”Prometheus” was the best time I’ve had in a number of years making a movie.” That said,  I’m thinking we’re all going to be the winners when this blows open thing next summer. If Ridley’s happy, my money ‘s on the barrel his fans will be happy, too. Here’s to hoping so– and I’ll keep more posted as the PROMETHEUS Hype Machine spins up.

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Cheers, M.

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