I was absolutely certain there was already a thread about this next upcoming film from Scott, set 30 years before the event of Alien.
Anywho, I did look, and couldn't find anything. Im sure most of you interested are aware of the rough outline, but I found some pretty cool stuff on MSN site of all places. Full link here: http://movies.uk.msn.com/future-movi...e-know#image=1
Ten years ago, Aliens director James Cameron worked up an idea for a fifth Alien film that would explore the Xenomorphs' origins. Then he heard about Alien Vs Predator and dropped the franchise like an old sock. Ridley Scott initially intended to make a prequel to his haunted-house-movie-in-space Alien. But Prometheus - named after the Titan who stole from the Greek gods and gave humankind the gift of fire - will be an original movie that takes place in the same universe as Alien but 30 years earlier.
What's the story? It's very hush-hush. Cast members were only allowed to read the script under supervision in Scott's office. 'Both NASA and the Vatican agree that it's almost mathematically impossible that we can be where we are today without there being a little help along the way,' teases Scott. Written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens), the plot sees the crew of the spaceship Prometheus exploring an advanced alien civilisation and searching for the origins of humanity.
Weyland industries - the corporation driving the scientific expedition that is taking shape in Alien - now has a website (https://www.weylandindustries.com/). And it's a terribly cunning marketing ploy. You can watch a video of Guy Pearce giving a speech in the role of dangerously ambitious chairman Peter Weyland.
But there's more. Click on the 'About Us' section and you'll see a mysterious shot of Earth in space. Look closely. There's a star that's flashing (http://www.prometheusnews.net/movie/...tery-1-solved/). Someone awfully clever (we'd love to take the credit but can't) figured out that it's actually flashing in morse code. The code produces a sequence of numbers and letters that leads to a site with the above image. What we're seeing was recently revealed by scriptwriter Jon Spaihts: 'We called this The Orrery,' he said on Twitter. What's an Orrory? Well it's a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the Solar System of course. Duh!
Since it's 2085 and Ellen Ripley hasn't even been born yet, our heroine is archaeological scientist Elizabeth Shaw. After considering Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Gemma Arterton, Carey Mulligan and Abbie Cornish, Scott cast Swedish star Noomi Rapace after seeing her tough-but-delicate turn in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. 'Things happen and she changes into more of a warrior,' says Rapace, who described the film as 'brutally beautiful'.
Just in case everyone wasn't excited enough about Prometheus, footage was release of Charlize Theron doing naked push-ups. 'I totally know how to sell a movie,' joked Theron, who plays mysterious corporate ice-queen Meredith Vickers. Michelle Yeoh and Angelina Jolie were also considered for the role, which is 'somewhat of a villain'. 'She's the machine that runs the machine that takes this mission into space,' reveals Theron, who says Scott had her 'stand in corners and lurk' during filming to amp up the mystery.
Remember the 'space jockey' in Alien? Expect to find out more about the deceased pilot of the derelict spaceship discovered by John Hurt and Tom Skerrit. Expect brand new Aliens, too. Swiss bizarro artist HR Giger, who designed the original Xenomorph, was hired to help reverse-engineer what the Aliens' ancestors would look like. But the creatures from the original franchise won't appear. 'No way am I going back there,' says Scott, who claims he doesn't want the film to be 'burdened by all the tropes of that franchise with Facehuggers and Chestbursters.'
Yes, Prometheus will be another one of Summer 2012's big 3D spectaculars. Shooting using post-Avatar technology, Scott will use post-production to add darkness and shadows so that Prometheus doesn't look like the inside of a bin bag. But CG will be kept to a minimum. Scott wants to use practical effects wherever possible - and he'll never go back to shooting in 2D.
'I'm only in the film for a minute,' says Guy Pearce, who plays Peter Weyland, egomaniac founder and head of Weyland Corp. Prometheus' crew is completed by talent from the small-screen: The Wire's Idris Elba (acting captain of the spacecraft), The OC's Logan Marshall-Green (a crewman with romantic connections to Shaw) and Game Of Thrones' Kate Dickie (a first officer who rehabilitates the crew after five years in suspended animation). James Franco and Ben Foster were linked but not signed. Oh yeah. And some guy called Michael Fassbender's in it too...
Prometheus will open with a 15-minute 'beginning of time' sequence that was shot in the unique volcanic landscape of Iceland. Switching cold for hot, scenes involving a water tank and a recreation of the giant space ship have also been filmed in Spain. 'It's not a small film. I'm using the giant James Bond 007 stage at Pinewood and six other sound stages to film it,' says Scott.
'The film will be really tough, really nasty,' says Scott, who wanted two things: a budget of $250m and an R-rating. Studio 20th Century Fox weren't keen on spending that much. Lindelof's script brought the budget down to $160m - the screenwriter says the film will capture a feeling somewhere between Alien and Blade Runner, a movie that's most visceral and cerebral. Scott will make two versions, PG-13 and R-rated, and show both to Fox. We'll find out how far he's been allowed to go on 1 June. His ultimate goal? 'To scare the living s*** out of you.'
The links supplied in the text are pretty cool, and I also like the idea that two versions of this film will be released.