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Comic-Con: Prometheus First Look
UPDATE! New Pic added

25 July 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Prometheus

High times at Comic-Con today, as screenwriter Damon Lindeloff and Charlize Theron appeared in person at the Fox panel to talk about Prometheus, the Ridley Scott film that has everyone who cares about films just about jigging up and down with excitement. And it got better: Sir Ridley himself appeared with Noomi Rapace via satellite link-up from Iceland to tell us a bit more about the film.

But first there were some clips, which didn't give much away but which looked stunning. Michael Fassbender, looking robotic, examining scientific samples, and wearing a yellow visor standing over a female body under a similar yellow shield. A vast, cavernous space dotted with little shapes on the floor that are about the size of Alien eggs but much more regular. Charlize Theron, hair slicked back, looking cold - but also wielding a flame-thrower later on and doing naked push-ups. Noomi Rapace, whose softer dark hair makes her seem nicer and more likely to survive. Idris Elba, looking unbelievably cool. Incredible sets. BAGS of Scott style.

Scott said, "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." It involves a space exploration mission that finds a "civilisation that is home to some very uncivilised behaviour."

So why has he returned to sci-fi? "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."

And will that planned PG-13 rating limit Scott? "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."

Meanwhile, Theron had a few words on 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."

Rapace, meanwhile, seems to carry some of the brunt of the stunts. From Iceland, where she and Scott are finishing off the last few shots of production (but filming one of the first scenes in the film), she said, "But I’m bruised, I have cuts and scrapes all over. I’m so ugly today! I just came back from space like two days ago, so it feels really weird to come back to Earth again.

Update: A second picture was added to the stockpile on the Sunday following the panel, so you can check them both out below.

Prometheus will be out next year or, to put it another way, not soon enough by half.


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Got to be Joking - PG13? No way!
WTF? This is a warning sign. With a PG-13 rating expect cheap out of frame action, stifled dialog and stereotypical morale choices. Who cares about naked push-ups? What does Ridley think this is? The 1980's? There's an invention called the internet. It has porn. Why do I want to see naked push-ups in a sci-fi flick? More

Posted by Crankgorilla at 15:55 on 21 September 2011 | Report This Post

Looks great!
At first I bad mouthed this movie during its genisis: as a huge fan of Alien I felt let down when Ridley admitted it wasn't a real prequel/sequel. Instead something new...But now I'm REALLY excited. HR Giger back? Thank you...Clever sci-fi epic answering big questions? Yes please...And what about all the cynical merch that goes with these 'franchises?- I'm sorry to be so materialistic (and against what everyone else seems to say) but I look forward to that too! The full movie experience... More

Posted by Cyberleader at 13:13 on 16 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
I'm with BatFan on this: When will fucking studios realise that it isn't merchandise tie-ins that will drag a new audience in (who the fuck wants merch, anyway?); but the hardcore rating of the movie that will drive the story? They should release both a pussay and 15 rated version (very much like they did with Saturday Night Fever in 1977) and see which one gets the bigger audience? It ain't rocket science is it? I blame this merch tie-in on George "Wasn't I a Good Director Once?" Lucas! Promet More

Posted by jace007 at 06:46 on 02 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: BatFan L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD n his last film, he should retire] Yes, he made one bad summer blockbuster film. He should totally end his career. That's what happens with directors, as soon as you make a mis-step you can't work anymore. &:] By that rationale sack off The Hobbit because The Lovely Bones was awful! And halt the Coen’s pursuits post Burn After Reading. Even the best bands can make poor albums and the most exquisitely talented painter can produce sub standar More

Posted by pete_traynor at 11:57 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: " My studio controls me"
L: JIm R L: Simon124 We'll get the 18 cut in a few years on Blu-ray, extended cut, tin box, nice little book and an action figure. Did we ever get the Watchmen Ultimate Cut over here? I got bored waiting.... 1 only ote]   I managed to get myself the Ultimate Cut Blu-Ray for Christmas 2009. It's a beautiful collection for a fantastic cut of the film. As it was a limited release in the US only I've seen copies going for upwards of £300 on fleaBay and Amazon market. More

Posted by The Whyte Fox at 07:58 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
A few films have been released as two differently rated versions...Bruno, King's Speech, Excalibur. More

Posted by The Whyte Fox at 07:54 on 25 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: " My studio controls me"
studio will be wanting this to be a franchise i'm sure More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 14:12 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: " My studio controls me"
L: Simon124 We'll get the 18 cut in a few years on Blu-ray, extended cut, tin box, nice little book and an action figure. Did we ever get the Watchmen Ultimate Cut over here? I got bored waiting.... sp; 1 only More

Posted by JIm R at 14:09 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: " My studio controls me"
We'll get the 18 cut in a few years on Blu-ray, extended cut, tin box, nice little book and an action figure. Did we ever get the Watchmen Ultimate Cut over here? I got bored waiting.... More

Posted by Simon124 at 14:07 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
ummmm, ok More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:42 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD i only think he's made one good film period, Alien. Based on that as well, IMO he should retire ood thing you don't run a Hollywood studio then. More

Posted by BatFan at 12:41 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
i only think he's made one good film period, Alien. Based on that as well, IMO he should retire More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:30 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD based on his last film, he should retire es, he made one bad summer blockbuster film. He should totally end his career. That's what happens with directors, as soon as you make a mis-step you can't work anymore. More

Posted by BatFan at 12:28 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
he's an old man, he's past it by a long shot, his last movie evidenced that. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:27 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD I don't like Gladiator or Blade Runner. He's only made one movie i like, Alien. Ridley Scott is not some kiind of god to me, like he is to a lot of people on these boards. He's just another Director who makes boring films and is very, very, very old. sp; es age have to do with the capacity to make a film ? Yes the director's capacity to work on set may have to adapt but the ability to have vision, ideas, knowledge of craft of film making are skills and ideas not dim More

Posted by JIm R at 12:26 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
based on his last film, he should retire More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:24 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD so then he should retire hy? He wants to keep on making films. He likes doing them. More

Posted by BatFan at 12:23 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

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so then he should retire More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:22 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: BatFan L: Rgirvan44 L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD ll be terriible, Ridley Scott is just too old now. He's an old man who does not have his finger on the pulse.st film was incredibly dull. Also, Ridley Scott going PG just proves that he is doing it for the money. You know people were saying this about him in the late 90s. Then he came back with Gladiator. And did you not read the bit where he said he covered himself for both an R and  PG-13, but it w More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:21 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
Age has nothing to do with ability to make films. Sidney Lumet was still making great films into his 80's. More

Posted by BatFan at 12:20 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

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I should be surprised, but I'm not really. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:20 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: BatFan L: Rgirvan44 L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD ll be terriible, Ridley Scott is just too old now. He's an old man who does not have his finger on the pulse.st film was incredibly dull. Also, Ridley Scott going PG just proves that he is doing it for the money. You know people were saying this about him in the late 90s. Then he came back with Gladiator. And did you not read the bit where he said he covered himself for both an R and  PG-13, but it would depend on what the f More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:20 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
I don't like Gladiator or Blade Runner. He's only made one movie i like, Alien. Ridley Scott is not some kiind of god to me, like he is to a lot of people on these boards. He's just another Director who makes boring films and is very, very, very old. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:18 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: Rgirvan44 L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD ll be terriible, Ridley Scott is just too old now. He's an old man who does not have his finger on the pulse.st film was incredibly dull. Also, Ridley Scott going PG just proves that he is doing it for the money. You know people were saying this about him in the late 90s. Then he came back with Gladiator. And did you not read the bit where he said he covered himself for both an R and  PG-13, but it would depend on what the final cut? For More

Posted by BatFan at 12:18 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD ll be terriible, Ridley Scott is just too old now. He's an old man who does not have his finger on the pulse.st film was incredibly dull. Also, Ridley Scott going PG just proves that he is doing it for the money. sp; You know people were saying this about him in the late 90s. Then he came back with Gladiator.   And did you not read the bit where he said he covered himself for both an R and  PG-13, but it would depend on what the final cut?   More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 12:15 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
this will be terriible, Ridley Scott is just too old now. He's an old man who does not have his finger on the pulse. His last film was incredibly dull. Also, Ridley Scott going PG just proves that he is doing it for the money. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 12:11 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pass on PG13
L: bnicholson50 If this goes PG13 then I'll wait for the DVD. An interesting question has been raised here on the comments though. Has a movie ever been given a theatrical release with 2 cuts & 2 ratings? hey did this with /i]it was initally an 18 but was resubmitted in a new cut which was given a 15 so that it could be seen by younger audiences. Not sure how successful a move this was though. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8148698.stmttp://www. guardian.co.uk/film/2009/jul/ More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 12:09 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
Also - have to remember, the film likely won't have THAT much blood anyways. Neither Alien or Aliens was awash with the red stuff. Where I think the movie may not have a choice with regard to rating is the tone of the piece. If Scott has made this with the distrubing sexual edge which Alien had, then it will be an automatic R and no amount of cutting of swear words or blood with stop that from happening.   Neither an PG 13 or an R gives you an idea of the quailty of the film - look at More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:47 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
I think given the response to how Fox treated Kingdom of Heaven, there is a better chance that they will keep hands off of this film - Scott just has to remind people he made Gladiator - an R-Rated epic which did pretty well at the box office. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:39 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
But only one cut will be released in the cinema? If thats the case then its clear to me the 12A rating will be released. Or is there a possibility that they will release the 18 cut at the same time for later showings. Has that happened before? Ill pass if not. More

Posted by kumar at 11:19 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
Did you not all see him saying that he has shot for both ratings AKA he has shot an R-Rated cut of this film. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:00 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: SO IT WILL BE 12S??
I have to agree with you to a certain extent, but let's not forget that Ridley is an experienced filmmaker and this isn't Sherwood Forest. This 'space' opens up far more opportunity for implication and clever camera angles that make you think you've seen what happened but you're not quite sure. This was what was the most frighening thing about the first movie. I have a feeling that when people worry that it won't be as explicit as the first they're actually thinking about ALIENS rather than ALI More

Posted by Simon124 at 10:47 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: PG13?!?!
I cant wait for this. The big daddy of sci fi back doing what he does best. Roll on 2012 More

Posted by shool at 09:49 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: PG13?!?!
Spot on ceejay3001. Even the blood free Robin Hood felt so soft compared to the guts of Gladiator. And why does he have to bend to the will of studios after all this time?? His RIDLEY BLOODY SCOTT! All of his films get poorly cut these days (you mentioned Kingdom of Heaven, which bored me no end at the cinema but I consider it to be the greatest directors cut ever as the extra 40minutes change the film into something excellent). Do hope he gets his own way come the theatrical release. More

Posted by Blyman at 09:03 on 22 July 2011 | Report This Post

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