A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
- Originally scheduled for a March 9th 2012 theatrical release.
- Those worried that the film may be trimmed can rest easy, as Ridley Scott confirmed that the version of the film that will be shown in theaters is his cut, saying: "The cut that you’re gonna see in cinemas...it’s always the director’s cut, really. In this instance, you got a pretty good version here, pretty good cut. We’re running at about -- I think without the end titles, which normally run about four to five minutes -- we’re running one hour, fifty-nine minutes and change. It’s very tight, it’s what it should be."
- Ridley Scott reveled some details on Guy Pearce's character in a recent interview, saying: "When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well."
- Actress Kate Dickie revealed some spoilers about her character recently. Highlight to view: Her character is called Mudow and she helps the crew become acclimated to their removal from cryo-sleep. After apparently five years in hypersleep, she helps the crew get fit only for the crew to fall victim to creatures stalking them for food. It's said that her character lasts 28 minutes before an alien eats her and the aliens actually chase the characters through the halls of the Prometheus ship.
- Guy Pearce recently revealed that he's only in the film for "a minute."
- Actress Charlize Theron spoke a bit about her character recently, saying: "I actually don’t play the heroine in it; that’s Noomi Rapace. I play somewhat of a villain in it. She’s not a believer, she’s not a scientist, she is the red tape that everyone has to go through. She’s working with the company that’s sponsoring this whole thing, and you can feel she definitely has an agenda, which we pick up in the third act. She’s more quiet thunder."
- The original "xenomorphs" will not be in the film.
- The story behind the infamouse "Space Jockey" will finally be revealed in this film.
- In a recent interview actress Noomi Rapace detailed how similar her character would be to Ripley from the original Alien series, saying: "They are kind of in the same family. Even though I think that my character is kind of more feminine. She's more naïve in the beginning and a believer and full of hope, and then in the middle of the movie she kind of changes into more of a warrior and a survivor."
- It's said that 95% of the film is an original piece, while the remaining 5% has "strands of DNA" from the Alien series we're familiar with.
- It's said that the last eight minutes of the Prometheus story evolves into a "pretty good DNA of the ‘Alien’ one."
- In a recent interview Ridley Scott was quoted saying: "The central metaphor of “Prometheus” is about a “higher being” (Scott’s words) who challenges the gods, and the gods don’t want to give him fire. “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."
- Director Ridley Scott used the "007 stage" (more commonly known as the "Bond stage") at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. to film a lot of scenes. That stage is known as one of the biggest stages in Europe at about 59,000 square feet.
- Noomi Rapace had this to say about her character: "I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She's British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self. She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She's very stubborn and determined. She lost her parents when she was a child, so she's been alone from a young age. But she's very intelligent. I know that when one has to survive alone from an early age, one becomes strong. But also fragile, because the hurt child within her hasn't been able to evolve in a natural way. You get easily hurt emotionally. She's full of hope, a dreamer, a little naive. Halfway through the movie a lot of things happen and she turns into a fighter. Another part of her comes to life."
- Writer Damon Lindelof had an interview recently where he offered some new details on key characters: On Michael Fassbender's Role: "He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of 'Blade Runner' is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?,' wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions. When you cast a guy like Fassbender, who's going to bring a lot more to it than [makes clichéd robot movements] — that was me doing the robot, I don't know if you could tell — it's not Anthony Daniels. All due respect. He's phenomenal. But C-P3O…" And on Charlize Theron's role: "Her character's name is Meredith Vickers and she's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the 'Alien' movies — that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix …. I don't think she's slimy [like Paul Reiser's character in 'Aliens']. She's not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, "What company is she a face of?," I think is a big part of the fun. As we were developing the script, she had some really cool ideas that made it not the suit you're used to."
- The original official synopsis: 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.
- The rumored premise is as follows: Earth. Year 2058. Archaeological digs in Africa reveal alien artifacts that humans were genetically engineered by an advanced alien race (space jockeys). These "Alien Gods" also terraformed Earth in order to make it habitable for their human creations. Amongst finds are coordinates to the Alien God's home-world, to Paradise. Months later the Weyland Corp launch the spaceship PROMETHEUS and its crew into deep space to make first contact. Thanks to faster than light travel a few years later the PROMETHEUS enters the Zeta Riticuli star system. Humans are greeted by their makers, then transported further into space to a scary yet fascinating world. The Alien Gods are proud of their "children", their first creation to reach such levels of intelligence. As a reward they share bits of their astonishing bio-based technologies with the humans. But for one crew member of the Prometheus it's not enough. In a treacherous act he steals the "bio-source code" to Terraforming, a technology at the origin of all Gods' power, that could make humans equal to the gods. The Alien Gods may be scientists but are also ruthless conquerors, destroyers of worlds who will not accept humans as equals. They unleash on the escaping human crew their favorite bio-weapon, a creature used to "clean up" worlds before colonization. But something goes wrong in the process and humans manage to turn the bio-weapon against their makers. Giving birth to a smarter, nastier, bigger breed of gut eating creatures. Creatures that will be the demise of Paradise. What's left of the Prometheus crew manages to escape the doomed planet. On their trail is a survivor Alien God in a very familiar ship with one ultimate mission: Bring the wrath of the Gods to Earth.
- Actor Logan Marshall-Green (Devil) plays "Holloway" a potential love interest to Noomi Rapace's character.
- It's said that actor Michael Fassbender will play an Android in the film.
- The film's title is the name of a space ship sent from earth by an all-powerful corporation of the kind familiar to fans of the Alien franchise. The mythical reference - in Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man - is deliberate.
- An unconfirmed source at a website was quoted detailing the following on how the Alien connection will exist in the story: [Prometheus] "has the Alien aliens in it. The catch, though, is that you might not recognize them – at least, not at first. Remember how the alien took on canine qualities after gestating in a dog? You may even suppose that the first film’s alien was so recognizably humanoid because it had grown in a human. The same applies here: generation by generation, the creature mutates. As Prometheus begins, the xenomorph is not too recognizable. Sure, it has that alien DNA that Scott and Fassbender teasingly referred to, but it’s missing … well, it’s missing human DNA. Or dog DNA. All you have to do is imagine how it might look if it were to mix DNA with another alien species ... and I think we’re starting to work it all out."
- The infamous "Space Jockey" that was seen in the first film will be making an appearance and will reportedly be pulled off with good ol' fashioned animatronics.
- Ridley had this to say about the progression of 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. I couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my heart."
- Jon Spaihts wrote the first draft based on Ridley's idea, but the project became something else entirely when Damon Lindelof and Ridley started working together on the new script.
- Actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) stars.
- It's said that the studio is pleased with the new script for a couple reasons -- there are no "expensive set pieces" meaning no big-budgeted action scenes (early estimates on the budget was around $150-million), and it may reach a wider audience with a PG-13 rating.
- Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof recently turned in a new draft of the script, which the studio is reportedly pleased with and may finally bring the project closer to production.
- It's said that the main character will once again be a woman.
- When it was still the Alien prequel, Ridley Scott briefly revealed minor details as to where the story would go: "The film will be really tough, really nasty. It's the dark side of the moon. We are talking about gods and engineers. Engineers of space. And were the aliens designed as a form of biological warfare? Or biology that would go in and clean up a planet?"
- Designer H.R. Giger will be consulted to create new designs for the creatures in the film. Ridley is interested in possibly creating a new look for the aliens.
- Director Ridley Scott had this to say about the story when it was still thought to be a prequel to Alien: "It's set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. 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. And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says "There's been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?" I'm basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I'm explaining who the space jockeys were." He added... "[The film] is about the discussion of terraforming — taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life. "
- When this was still intended to be a prequel to Alien, it was goin to be the first of two prequels that lead up to the events of the first film.
- This will be in 3D.
- The film's storyline, and script by Damon Lindelof, was partially inspired by the writings of legendary Swiss sci-fi writer Eric van Daniken, who is the author of the 1968 bestseller Chariot of the Gods, which is best known as the first proponent of the so-called ancient astronaut theory, which holds that aliens kick-started civilization on earth. It's said that the film will explore that concept and how humans came about.
- Keanu Reeves hired writer Jon Spaihts to script the space journey epic Passengers, which apparently got him the meeting with Fox and Scott Free, where he pitched the idea of an Alien prequel that the studio and Scott loved.
- Originally the film was to be directed by newcommer Carl Rinsch and merely be produced by Ridley Scott, and his brother Tony Scott. However, 20th Century Fox eventually decided to bring back Ridley himself to helm the prequel.
- This project was originally intended to be a prequel to the classic 1979 film Alien, but eventually branched out into something else entirely due to several re-writes of the script. Though, it's said that there will still be a small connection to the Alien films.
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