Ridley Scott returns with his first sci-fi film since Blade Runner (1982). Fans have been waiting with bated breath for the release of Prometheus, the might-be or might-not-be Alien prequel, since 2012 when Scott announced his intention to do a prequel to the 1979 blockbuster.
Scott brought in Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof to rewrite Jon Spaihts’s early script of the supposed prequel, which has apparently turned out to be something “quite different” to what the legendary director was expecting. Whilst the trailer might nod in the direction of Alien, from the overall style right down to the title font used, the studio seemed to have downplayed the connection to the 1979 space-horror epic. Scott however has said that the movie shares the same DNA as the other Alien films. Not quite sure what that’s supposed to mean…
Due to hit US screens in June this year, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Patrick Wilson and Idris Elba star as a troupe of explorers who discover a clue as to the origins of the human species on Earth – and our possible extinction. According to Scott, Prometheus deals with some pretty dark concepts about not only our ‘birth’ on this planet, but also our eventual downfall.
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof said: “The movie is definitely epic in its scope…We wanted to make the movie feel big by having the characters be small in big spaces. That connected to the larger themes we were talking about — that we’re all just these little gnats crawling around on our little planet.”
Watching the trailer, it’s no surprise that sci-fi fans are scrambling like mad to uncover the mysteries surrounding the release of what promises to be one of the most exciting cinematic adventures of 2012. The film looks to be beautifully shot (also in 3D as an added bonus), with flashes of terrifyingly violent images and some impressive sets.
Prometheus will be released in US cinemas 1 June 2012 (approx).
Noomi Rapace on her character’s similarities to Ripley. Video sourced from YouTube