New Image and Details for Ridley Scott's Prometheus Revealed at Comic-Con
07.22.11 by Ryan
To date, the secrecy surrounding Prometheus, director Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi movies, has been frustrating, culminating in an official synopsis that revealed little to nothing.
Finally, fans are getting an inkling as to how Prometheus is connected to Scott's 1979 classic Alien. The first photo from Prometheus only shows an unidentified figure falling in space. However, the spacesuit looks like the ones used in the original movie. There were more similarities between the two movies revealed during the panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.
During the panel, moderated by Lindelof and joined by Charlize Theron, Empire Tweeted that "2 minutes of Prometheus" was shown that revealed a "blond [Michael] Fassbender, Charlize Theron doing naked press-ups [us Yanks call them "push-ups"] and a creature getting flamethrowered."
Theron's character was given more details, with The Playlist reporting that the actress plays the head of Weyland-Yutani, referred to as "The Company" throughout the Alien movies. "She is really the suit, she's the one that runs the company," said Theron. She is also apparently a fan of naked press-ups. Theron explained how she came to be cast in the movie.
When Mad Max  was [delayed], Ridley reached out to me and it was like, read it in 30 minutes or its going to explode. You can ask any actor, there's always that one director that's a dream and Ridley was that for me. This character is so different from everybody else that's on this mission, somebody who comes from a cold, economic suit business. We explored how to make her more layered and that's when I really got excited. There's something incredible when you see that potential and really want it to work out. You're just throwing these crazy ideas at someone you admire and a week later I get this draft and I'm like, Wow. It was really flattering and exciting.
The other characters of the scientific team in the movie — played by Fassbender,Noomi Rapace,Logan Marshall-Green, and Idris Elba — remain secret. Speaking to Scott via a live video link from Iceland, Lindelof asked if there will be a robot in Prometheus (Fassbender's character is rumored to be an android). "There may be two," replied Scott.
While fans are clearly desperate for more details, Lindelof did reveal that Prometheus will tackle some "big ideas," EW reports. "It covers a vast expanse of time, past, present, and future," said Lindelof.
It doesn't take place on Earth in any real significant way. The way we're exploring the future is away from Earth and [asking] what are people like now? What have they gone through and what are they thinking of? Space exploration in the future is going to evolve into this idea that it's not just about going out there and finding planets to build colonies. It also has this inherent idea that the further we go out, the more we learn about ourselves. The characters in this movie are preoccupied by the idea: What are our origins?
Scott revealed, as usual, next to nothing, except his love of 3-D.
3D has been a wonderful exercise but I was brought up as a camera operator so its really about lensing and all that kind of stuff. So with the help I've had from a wonderful cameraman and his technical team its been, for me, a pretty straight forward ride. That said I'll never work without 3D again, even for small dialogue scenes. I love the whole process. 3D opens up the universe of even a small dialogue scene so I've been very impressed with that.
While this is the most that has been revealed of Prometheus, there's still plenty of questions left, such as: Will there be aliens in the movie? Will the movie include the "space jockey" character from Scott's Alien? Lindelof explained that more of Prometheus will be revealed later this year. "You're going to see some things in the late fall that are going to start proclaiming what Prometheus is," said the screenwriter.
Prometheus began as a prequel to Alien, but after
screenwriter Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the script, the Prometheus title was unveiled and Scott explained that the movie had "evolved" into a "new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place" with fans able to recognize "strands of Alien's DNA — whatever that means.