Monday’s are rarely the most exciting day of any week, but today could just be the exception for film fans hungry for more information on Ridley Scott’s eagerly-anticipated film Prometheus. Not only have we got ourselves a brand new image, but the director has used Comic-Con to tell us a little more about his sci-fi epic.
“What I want to do is scare the living shit out of you. It shares one piece of DNA with the original Alien but that’s all.” said Scott as he described the film which is due in cinemas next year. “It involves a space exploration mission that finds a “civilisation that is home to some very uncivilised behaviour.”
We’re just glad that Scott has returned to the genre after some years concentrating on historical legend…
“I was too busy doing other movies and exploring other genres, so frankly I never thought about science fiction until I started to realise that there was something in the first of the Aliens that no one had ever asked the question about, and in the next three there was no exploration of that question, and I thought that could be the centre of what we’ve just completed. That said, that’s the only link to the original Alien. But in the last few minutes of the movie you’ll understand what I’m talking about.”
Asked about whether the film would be getting a PG-13 rating, Scott advised that he’s keeping his options open: “I have a responsibility to my studio, but I always make sure we have both options. You’re crazy not to. Tom and I will both look at it and decide what the best way of going. I’ve fundamentally covered our ass. But there will still be naked push-ups.”
There were a couple of rather undetailed clips knocking around the Convention (none of which have yet made it on to the net in any acceptable form..) but little else is known of the plot.
What we do know is that Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron are starring and Theron was happy to talk about her own experiences, playing her character: “She’s very different from anything I’ve done. She’s a suit, essentially. She’s kind of the machine that runs the machine that takes this mission into space. At first she comes off very cold and frigid and like it’s about the economics for her – she’s not a scientist, not a believer, and she runs a very tight ship. But you can tell that she’s going to be a problem. What I love about Ridley is that we layered her: you think you know what she is but then you realise that she’s mysterious. Ridley had me lurk in corners all the time so she’d seem suspicious. But the really exciting thing is that in the third act you strip her to her skin and see what that’s really about.”