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Prometheus (2012)

Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Director: Ridley Scott

U.S. Opening Date: March 9, 2012


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.


Somehow along the way plans for an Alien prequel directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the original movie that kicked off the whole franchise back in 1979, changed into a plan for two “set in the same universe” movies named Prometheus and Harvest. So are they Alien movies or not?

It doesn't seem so . . .

Director Ridley Scott had the following to say about the project:

"While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative."

In an earlier interview he had the following to say:

"As we speak, I've got a pile of pages next to me; it's like the fourth draft. It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot]. It's a work in progress, but we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film."

"It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley is born]. It's fundamentally about going out to find out 'Who the hell was that Space Jockey?' The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle - there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer's chair. Remember that?"

"The main character [in the prequel] will be a woman, yeah. We're thinking it could go down that route, yeah. When I started the original Alien, Ripley wasn't a woman, it was a guy. During casting, we thought, "Why don't we make it a woman?" "

"Yeah, the thing about Alien vs. Predator is, I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design - or redesign - earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in Alien, which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger."

"We're hoping to have it in theaters in late 2011, or maybe the best date in 2012."

So who knows what will happen – maybe it will all change into a Terminator movie or something . . .

Anyway, actress Noomi Rapace who starred in the European Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies will appear as a character named Emma Shaw.

Anyway, one thing is certain: that Scott's Forever War and Brave New World (starring Leonardo diCaprio) projects are pretty much dead. Also, some 20th Century Fox suits will be seriously miffed now that they can’t sell Prometheus as an Alien movie!






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