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Ridley Scott teases anticipated “Prometheus” at Comic-Con

By Adam Frazier While director Ridley Scott remains vague on the specifics of his latest film, Prometheus, the director gave a jam-packed Hall H their first glimpse at San Diego Comic-Con.

Prometheus marks director Ridley Scott’s return to the science-fiction genre and has been described as a sorta-kinda-but not really prequel to Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, “Alien.”

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, the Prometheus panel was moderated by screenwriter Damon Lindelof, co-creator of “LOST” and writer/producer of the upcoming “Cowboys & Aliens.”

Lindelof started the panel with a story of how he came to be involved with the project and chosen to pen the final draft of the script. You may have heard this story previously on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show — if not, you can enjoy the entire two-hour-and-40-minute interview here:

Next, the panel jumped right into the footage presentation. The presentation began with a video montage of Scott’s past works with the promise that the director who created such iconic works as “Blade Runner” and “Alien” is returning to the genre he redefined.

Next came the footage from “Prometheus.” Jason Dussault of Geeks of Doom described the rapid-fire sequence as “astronauts searching the dark corridors of a ship before coming to a huge ancient–looking structure with alien writings on the walls and small, evenly spaced protrusions on the floors.”

The footage was accompanied by a voiceover, with Ridley Scott explaining, “There is the DNA of the original ‘Alien,’ but that’s as far as it goes.” This seems like Scott’s attempt to downplay the influence of his own 1979 film, and keep things as mysterious and vague as possible. We already know the film will explore the mystery of the “space jockey” — the giant fossilized organism seen in the first “Alien.”

As the shots fired off faster, those in attendance were treated to scenes of a naked Charlize Theron doing pushups (not sure why, but I don’t think anyone’s complaining), Michael Fassbender touching some strange goo (the infamous gel-like secretion left by the Alien, perhaps?) and someone being torched by a flamethrower.

Perhaps the most interesting snippet taken from the Prometheus panel is Ridley Scott’s comments on using 3D technology. As SlashFilm points out, Ridley Scott told the audience, “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.”

Prometheus is certainly one of my most-anticipated films of 2012 and here’s to hoping Scott makes a triumphant return to the science-fiction genre and, simultaneously, validates 3D as an artistic element and not just a money-making tool used by studios.

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  • July 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Ridley Scott can do no wrong. If he can produce he original alien film, and blade runner…then Prometheus is in the right hands.

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