The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy
Finally the man himself, director Ridley Scott, is speaking about his upcoming film Prometheus, and while he doesn’t reveal a whole lot, there are a few little odds and ends that fans should appreciate, especially considering how starved we’ve been for any info on the flick at all!
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, Scott explains that the central metaphor of Prometheus is about a “higher being” who challenges the gods, and the gods don’t want to give him fire. “Fire is our first form of technology,” Scott says, and so by taking fire, the higher being is punished “in perpetuity in a horrible fashion.” Much like the story of the mythological god Prometheus, who stole fire from Zeus and for his actions was bound to a rock with an eagle eternally devouring his liver.
Speakeasy’s Barbara Chai says she could hear the enthusiasm in Scott’s voice when he discussed the film, which was written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. “I think the reason why I haven’t attempted science fiction in a number of years is because I haven’t really come across a script that I really liked,” Scott says. “This developed and came out extremely well.”
As has been hinted previously, Scott says that the last eight minutes of the Prometheus story evolve into “a pretty good DNA of the Alien one.”
Regarding the use of 3D and CGI, Scott says he has “completely taken off into this cyberworld” and called working on Prometheus “the best time I’ve had in a number of years making a movie.”
Finally, although Scott embraced “all the tricks, the toys” of computer-generated imagery and 3D, he says, “I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can, and so I did a lot of building the real thing.” He used the “007″ stage (more commonly known as the “Bond” stage) at Pinewood Studios in the UK, one of the biggest stages in Europe at about 59,000 square feet, as well as other stages at Pinewood.
Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Logan Marshall-Green, Ben Foster, and Michael Fassbender.
Look for Prometheus in theaters on June 8th, 2012.
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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