WonderCon 2012 Event Report: Prometheus Q&A with Ridley Scott and Damon Lindeloff

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A few weeks ago I ranted and raved about my excitement for Prometheus and hope that Fox will do the right thing with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic. One thing they are doing right is promotion: After attending AMC’s Q&A during WonderCon, my enthusiasm has reached a fever pitch.

After screening the film’s trailer in gorgeous 3D (no horrible post-conversions here), the event launched into a 30-minute Q&A with Sir Ridley and co-writer Damon Lindelof. Both men were as tight-lipped as ever and spent the majority of the event spouting mission statements while joking that Fox would have them killed if they revealed too much.

The most interesting thing that came out of the event is just how philosophical Sir Ridley is getting with this film: While the Alien films were straight-ahead monster movies, Prometheus seems largely concerned with asking the big picture questions regarding humanity’s role in the universe with a heavy emphasis on science and religious themes.

But don’t expect Scott to soft-peddle on the scares. When asked if we were going to see anything as shocking and memorable as Alien‘s legendary chestburster sequence, Scott replied with a devilish grin and an enthusiastic “OH, YEAH!

You can watch the full Q&A session below courtesy of AVP Galaxy.

So long, AVP movies. Enjoy your life in cinema obscurity. All hail, Ridley Scott!


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  • darkamor

    Sir Ridley Scott & Warner Bros are doing the right thing (giving fans a “taste without revealing anything”) & actually created a 3D film that adds atmosphere (vs. juvenile “pop out at you” effects). I will miss old school practical miniatures (at least the CGI looks decent for the Space Craft), I am pleased to see the use of H R GIGER (inspired by) designed sets (actual sets on a state vs. all CGI); & I hope GIGER receives proper listing in the film’s credits (something Warner Bros became disrespectful of after the ALIENS) ….

    I think PROMETHEUS will be one of the 1st sci fi horror films to receive a strong IMAX release (at this point, as much as I want an R rating, if its PG-13 in theatres & unrated later on Blu-ray? I’ll accept that because ALIEN left a lot of questions I believe this film will answer) ….

    The best thing Warner Bros can do is let the director deliver a great film (& don’t f@ck it up with inferior / unnecessary sequels). While I’m not a fan of everything that Sir Ridley Scott has directed (ALIENS & BLADE RUNNER & LEGEND are my top 3), what he brought to genre films inspired others to offer their versions (& that deserves acknowledgement) ….

    I don’t expect films to be marketed like they were 30 years ago, since we have the internet + larger budgets that require a considerable profit before a release onto dvd – bluray – on demand. I just hope PROMETHEUS isn’t promoted later with unnecessary marketing of video games / toys ….

  • Cinemascribe

    “So long, AVP movies. Enjoy your life in cinema obscurity. All Hail Ridley Scott!”

    Well said, Kasch!

    The thing about Prometheus is that-for the first time in a long time- I’m getting that “sense” about a movie. I suspect fans will be acknowledging this film with a fair amount of reverence a few decades down the road.

    It may not even be as big a hit in it’s initial run as expected. I certainly hope it is (and I hope it warrants it),because it would be nice to populate another stretch of time where a project firmly established within the boundaries of our beloved genre is not only financially but critically successful on an unprecedented scale, like when Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs adaptation bowed and not only dominated the cinematic conversation over the next few months, but also the box office lists and, eventually, the Academy Awards(Actually, another perfect example would be Scott’s original ALIEN itself. Even though I was eight when that film debuted, I can remember clearly what a legitimate cultural phenomenon it was.Suddenly the creature feature set in deep space was scary AND respectable).

    But let’s be honest….the trend today with mass consumption is to lean towards candy coated crap rather than quality cinema. The continued success of the Twilight saga is a glaring illustration of this. So, like Scott’s seminal Blade Runner, Prometheus might be a film that is respected but not the overall summer tent pole cash cow it’s intended to be. That said, something about the feel of this one tells me it’s going to be a great movie, one which establishes for itself (and then maintains) the type of lasting reputation that will stick for the long haul. I feel it in my gut.

    • Vanvance1

      I hope you’re right but I think you should temper your expectations with the rememberance that Alien and Bladerunner were made 3 decades ago. Scott is not the same director now that he was then; also, the script doesn’t come from Dan O’Bannon or David Peoples. Damon is a terrible writer as was made clear repeatedly by the nonsensical, shallow and stupid show ‘Lost’.

      Scott’s last film was ‘Robin Hood’, a very expensive extremely forgettable take on a popular story. He didn’t bring anything new to the table; worse still the elements he did bring didn’t work. Do you really believe he still has cinematic magic in his mind?

      Add in the fact that this isn’t a small film. It’s a giant, expensive studio project. That means it has to be dumbed down to please the lowest common denominator.

      Aside from Inception has there been a truly big budget Hollywood SF film that brought the story in the last 10 years?

      • Cinemascribe

        I get where you’re coming from Vanvance, but keep in mind that, objectively speaking, not everyone agrees with you about Lost. Personally, I was neither a fan nor a hater of the series because I missed the first few episodes and was , well lost. So I never got into it. But I am aware that there are still plenty of people who hold that series in very high critical regard (despite their dissatisfaction with the final episode). So any assessment of Damon’s talent is a conversation I can’t honestly engage in since there are people on both sides of the fence. I will point out that this isn’t a twisting, multi-season series..it’s a single motion picture. Maybe given a chance to rein it in and tell a tighter, self contained story, Damon will have more success. Let’s hope so.

        From my perspective, Robin Hood wasn’t a bad movie,it just wasn’t remarkable. Nothing I saw suggested to me that Scott has lost his touch so much as he picked the wrong subject for a movie in the 21st century. I can’t think of a single person I’ve met who was yearning for a new Robin Hood film. No kidding..every time the subject came up, the general response I encountered was “Eh. Who cares?”

        If you want an example that demonstrates Scott still has some of that magic on hand, how about Black Hawk Down? That’s was a movie Scott directed which I thought was excellent. Or how about Kingdom of Heaven, which I also thought was superb. The thing about Ridley Scott is that the financial success of his films has never been a stable barometer by which to judge their quality. Blade Runner and Legend are both considered by many genre fans to be high water marks of their type and yet neither was a box office smash by any means, with their acclaim coming in later years.

        I absolutely agree that not having the writers of the original ALIEN available is lamentable (In particular, I was very sad when O’Bannon passed away), but ALIEN owes as much of it’s mystique to Scott’s directorial ability as to the writing. He also seems to be genuinely enjoying himself with this project , and I think that passion may make a difference. I’m willing to give this one a chance.

        You advised me not to set my expectations too high. While I certainly appreciate your reservations, I urge you to not set them too low, either. Scott may well deliver.

        In answer to your question about big budget Sci-Fi : I thought the 2009 Star Trek had a surprisingly entertaining “time line altering” story at it’s core. Pixar’s Wall-E was another science fiction entry that was surprisingly well written,even adopting an unexpectedly dark tone at times.

        Given the new technology which propels the plot , you could make a case for Iron Man (2008) as well. Buried underneath Downey’s great performance and the top notch F/X work there’s a solid story line about a privileged man who is suddenly forced to examine his life and subsequently chooses to pursue a more noble path because he realizes the product he makes is responsible for incredible amounts of death and destruction.