Ridley Scott Talks Running Time and Director’s Cut of PROMETHEUS

     April 15, 2012


As one of our most anticipated movies of the quarter, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is standing strong for sci-fi in a year that is dominated by superhero fare.  While you can check out the trailers, viral marketing and a host of images for the film, Scott recently commented on a few details of Prometheus regarding its run-time and his director’s cut.  Although he’s known for his support of director’s cut releases on DVD/Blu-ray – notably Blade Runner, Kingdom of Heaven and Legend – Scott has said that:

“The cut that you’re gonna see in cinemas…it’s always the director’s cut, really.”

Whether that quote still stands once Prometheus hits the store shelves remains to be seen. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron and opens on June 8th.  Hit the jump to read more about what Scott had to say.

ridley-scott-set-image-prometheusIn a press conference for Prometheus in Paris (via The Playlist), Scott was joined by Theron, Rapace and Fassbender to speak about the film.  Scott addressed the question of run-time as follows:

“I’ve only made a mistake once on cutting a film short — I won’t say what it is right now, because this is not the time — but I removed 17 minutes off a movie, and I didn’t ruin it, but it wasn’t [as effective].  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.”

In addition to the run-time and director’s cut commentary, Scott and the cast answered a number of questions over the course of the half-hour press conference. If you’re interested, here’s the official synopsis for Prometheus followed by the full press conference below:

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which 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.


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  • grittymcgritterson

    Sounds lean and mean. Compared to Alien with a 117 minute running time, this should be plenty of time to get the story across while keeping it taught as well.

  • Northern Star

    So ‘Prometheus’ is going to run around 103 or 104 minutes, that’s a remarkably short duration, considering I thought it would have been at least near the two-hour mark, still, if the story demands it, so be it, but I was expecting something more epic…

    • Northern Star

      Wait a second, I got that all wrong, the ‘Prometheus’ running time will be around 123 or 124 minutes (with credits), not what I said above! That proper running time is much more like it, sounds like lots of time for a truly epic and effective movie, never was good at mathematics, sorry all (boy is my face red!)…

      • Tarek

        No shame northern. you deserve an A-.

      • Yoren

        No dude its going to be 1 hour and 59 minutes.
        “we’re running one hour, fifty-nine minutes and change”

      • Tarek

        Yoren. you deserve a C-.

        1h 59mn = 60 mn +59 mn = 119 mn.

  • Nick

    The movie he is talking about is quite clearly Kingdom of Heaven. Blade Runner also improved immensely with a directors cut but not due to running time. Kingdom of Heaven improved immensely from the additional scenes, the development of the relationship with the father, as well as the character of the young prince.

    • John

      I would also say Kingdom of Heaven because that was vastly improved but I think that was like 40 minutes added back in, not 17 minutes. I remember not liking Kingdom of Heaven after watching the theatrical cut but then I watched the director’s cut and it fixed everything that was wrong with it and made it a great movie.

    • Jorge

      Well said, i agree with both of you.

    • different john

      i actually think the movie he is talking about is Legend. he cut about 20 minutes outta that movie and changed the score at the last minute mostly due to studio pressure. to my recollection, ridely has never cared for the american release of Legend and has always preferred his longer, more complete cut which ran in the rest of the world. the commentary of Legend could possibly confirm this, although it has been years since i listened to the commentary.

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  • Boris

    The movie that lost 17 mins was Aliens.

    • Andy

      But that was James Camerons film, not Ridley Scott. So Legends or KoH is the most likely one…