Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace Talk PROMETHEUS

     June 28, 2011


Today is Speak in Broad Strokes About Prometheus Day.  For some, it may be a cause for celebration since the project thrived for months on misinformation and double speak.  First we believed it to be a strict Alien prequel, then two prequels, then one prequel again.  Oh, but it isn’t really an Alien prequel, except that it kinda is in the sense that it’s set in the same universe prior to the events of Alien, as scripter Damon Lindelof emphasized earlier today.  Glean from that what you will.

In part two of SIBSAP Day, Ridley Scott and Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace attended CineEurope tonight to sell European exhibitors on the prospects of the 3D sci-fi project.  Production is underway in London, but they obviously didn’t bring any footage or images or anything that would reveal what Prometheus is literally about.  But the trio did speak to the themes of the movie.  Quotes after the jump:

The first hint of a prequel centered on the question “Who the hell was that space jockey?“  Scott conceded that the desire to explore that mystery inspired him to revisit the Alien universe.  He attributed further inspiration to sci-fi author Erich von Däniken, a proponent of the “ancient astronaut” theory that credits civilation on earth to extraterrestrials:

“The (space) journey, metaphorically, is about a challenge to the gods… NASA and the Vatican agree that is almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today without there being a little help along the way.  That’s what we’re looking at (in the film), at some of Erich von Däniken’s ideas of how did we humans come about.”

That is an intriguing idea.  In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan that stole fire from the gods and gave it to the mortals.  Scott confirmed at CineEurope the title refers to a space ship sent from Earth by a powerful corporation, possibly for the purpose of terraforming.

THR doesn’t provide a direct quote from Fassbender, instead offering this maddening paraphrase:

“Fassbender did hint his character, David, might be a version of the infamous corporate-designed android that plays a pivotal role in all Alien films.”

I welcome Alien fans more knowledgable than myself to speculate in the comments.

Rapace restricted herself to talk about the production: she described her work as “hard and sweaty” and claimed the 73-year-old Scott “still has more energy than all of us combined.”

I really like that there’s this big, mysterious sci-fi project looming. I don’t mind knowing very little about it.  But I hope we can push the pause button on quasi-coverage after SIBSAP Day (just 20 minutes left here on the east coast).

Prometheus is scheduled for release on June 8, 2012.

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  • Agent_Black

    Since the recent Star Wars trilogy I remain guarded about prequels, particularly when they promise to take away your imagination by way of explaining away a great event or myth in an inferior manner. One of the biggest strengths of the original Star Wars trilogy (for me) was that the Clone Wars and Darth Vader’s becoming was left to the viewers imagination and there was a whole other backstory of infinite possibility whichwas subsequently ruined by Hayden Christiansen, a weak plot, CGI and Jar Jar Binks.

    Who the Space Jockey was, what he looked like and how he got on to LV421 really doesn’t concern me, I am happy with the mystery remaining part of my imagination. That was a strength of Alien, the mystery, the darkness and tension. I trust in Ridley Scott so I’m cautiously optimistic yet remain guarded in that another great myth/legend from my childhood may about to be exposed as a bitter disappointment.

    • Old Soldier

      Friendly reminder: it’s LV426,and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Old Soldier

    DON’T YOU SCREW THIS UP! Do you hear me? Alien and Aliens are two of my favorite movies of all time. Alien III Destroyed this great series possibly forever.(Whhhaaaaa, but it’s Fincher!) After you make this movie reboot the series from Aliens and let’s pretend Alien III and Resurection never happened.(Whhhaaaa, but it’s Fincher!)

    • AJM

      I have to dissagree with you on this. I used to hate HATE the third film, but after seeing the “directors cut” from the 4 movie box set that came out a few years ago, I fell in love with it. I almost feel it’s a stronger movie than 2 and almost as good as 1. I think it’s worth revisiting for anyone who is a fan of the series. The 4th one is the one that led it all downhill. The AvP series. Yuck. I don’t really care that it’s Fincher.. it’s just worth a revisit… the re-cut version.

  • Tarek

    Sir Ridley Scott is a great artist, and a visionaire. You can’t compare it with the Senile Luca$ and his video game-like prequels.
    Blade Runner, Alien, Legend…All Masterpieces. He is terrific when it comes to Sci-Fi.

    • Old Soldier

      I agree except for Legend. That’s Sir Ridley’s Howard The Duck.

      • tarek

        Are you serious Old Soldier ? The Darkness Seduction scene is simply terrific. And the music of ol’Jerry Goldsmith is a masterpiece.

      • Old Soldier

        Yes I am serious. The only thing missing from Legend was Falcor the luck dragon.

  • HC

    ooooh my interest is peaked…

  • Brett

    Not a Damon Lindeloff fan, who did write the thing but I’m a HUGE Ridley Scott fan. My love for all work by RS overrides my disdain for DL’s work. I’m seeing this and looking forward to it as a fresh Ridley Scott epic of grandeur.

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  • Woody

    Fear not – The one thing this prequel has going for it is that it’s Ridley Scott at the helm.

    He’s not George Lucas and will not randomly p**s all over everything he’s done before. He will do it HIS way, THE way and unlike certain other Xenomorphic spin-offs, this WILL work perfectly well with what he first set out in Alien in the first place.

    Have faith in Sir Ridley…

  • lee

    Trust someone who knows what their talking about ie me …prepare to be gobsmacked, humbled and blown away this i can guarantee will seperate the wheat from the chaff and will put sir ridley where he always belonged as the finest filmaker of his generation and quite frankly most other generations in a league of his own.
    LB the mill.

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  • Ally

    Love sci-fi boys/men and their sci-fi speak. In real life of course — it never works.