Fox CEO Tom Rothman: Prometheus is 95 Percent Original and 5 Percent Alien Prequel

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The latest in the long line of people associated with Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Prometheus has chimed in on whether or not the flick is actually a prequel to Alien. Why this is so difficult to just straight up clarify is anyone’s guess, but in any event … read on.

During an interview with MTV Tom Rothman, CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, had a lot to say about the upcoming film as well as his feelings regarding last week’s trailer leak.

“It’s heartbreakingly unfair because … the quality of the visuals is as spectacularly beautiful, shot in 3D compositionally the way only a master could do it,” Rothman said of the pirated online preview. “For some early, early, early, early half-baked, half-assed test to leak, it’s so unfair. I will promise you this: When that material is ready and it comes out, you should go see it in 3D on a screen. It will deliver.” Of that we have no doubt.

As for the whole prequel business …

Rothman denied that the film was one, even going so far as to place his hand over his heart. When pressed to explain how Prometheus could share continuity with Alien and take place before the events of that film but still not qualify as a prequel, Rothman offered up his explanation.

I suppose if you want to definitionally be that literal, but it does it a great disservice. I will tell you, here’s the way to think about it. If you looked at the whole movie, 95 percent of it is entirely unto itself,” Rothman said. “Ridley said it right: If you’re a fan and you look closely, you’ll spot strands of DNA. I’ll tell you the great thing: It’s way bigger than that. The ideas are way bigger, way more original and — it’s a scary word — way more profound.

Check out video of the interview below.

Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Logan Marshall-Green, Ben Foster, and Michael Fassbender.

Click on the images below for a better look! Prometheus will be 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.

Fox CEO Tom Rothman: Prometheus is 95 Percent Original and 5 Percent Alien Prequel

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  • Caterpillar

    It’s funny that Rothman is calling Scott a “master”. Thinking oh-so-highly of him sure didn’t stop him from butchering KINGDOM OF HEAVEN to downright incomprehensibility for its theatrical release. Frankly I’d be surprised if he didn’t screw with Scott and this film in post-production in some way, just to show everyone who’s boss.

  • Sirand

    It’s just a semantics debate at this point. The film is obviously a prequel, considering we see the Space Jockey and derelict ship in the trailer. I think they’re trying to lighten expectations since the film isn’t about the Aliens themselves.

  • Diavolo

    Even though we keep being told that they don’t want people thinking its a sequel, I’m sure they appreciate the extra buzz that it provides. Ridley Scott (Alien, Bladerunner), or Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Body of Lies)?

  • shallowcuts

    tom rothman being anywhere near scott’s prometheus scares me.