Wow. Two weeks ago to the day, we learned that Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy had taken a break from writing his stripped down novels of violence in order to write his first feature screenplay, The Counselor, which will presumably be a stripped down tale of violence as well. Producers quickly grabbed up the spec script, and at the time said that they would sort out funding then set to work finding a director. Seems they may have skipped a step, as one of the biggest directors in the game is in talks to direct: Ridley Scott.
A new international poster for Prometheus is currently making the rounds online, and the first thing you'll notice is that it is almost identical to the previously-released domestic one sheet. But what the heck, this mysterious quasi-prequel to Alien is Ridley Scott's first time back in the science fiction realm since Blade Runner back in 1982, so we're going to keep posting about it regardless of how novel the poster is or isn't.
Straight talk from the Straight Talk Highway: Prometheus is at least a little bit of a prequel to Alien, in that explores the mysteries of the big dead Space Jockey and the derelict spacecraft where the crew of the Nostromo encountered the xenomorph eggs in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic. We know this based on many things, including the teaser trailer and a new image that shows star Noomi Rapace in yet another exceedingly H.R. Giger-esque setting that includes not one, but two Space Jockeys making like sentries or maybe empty suits of armor. So why, then, have Fox and the filmmakers distanced Prometheus from Alien? Probably because, unlike most of the prequels we're used to, this one won't go out of its way to very specifically link up to the first film, showing how Ripley got her job at Weyland Yutani and whatnot.
Hey, here's a treat: Two official images, one each from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Prometheus, two of the biggest, most anticipated event pictures of 2012. The images are all kinds of different, with Noomi Rapace wearing her stylish spacesuit in a dark, Giger-y set, and Martin Freeman in full Bilbo Baggins mode on a sunny day in Middle Earth.
Prometheus and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have a lot in common, though. Both are technically prequels to beloved, hugely successful properties, both find crazy-popular directors returning to the properties with which they're most associated, and both see those directors filming features in 3D for the first time in their long careers (Get your Rogue 3D Eyewear right here, folks). So hey, check out the image from the new movies directed by Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson.
Synopsis: 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.
Production company Alcon Entertainment is currently cooking up two new films based on two very familiar, though very different, movie properties. The first and more high-profile of the two is a new Blade Runner film that would take place with the universe of Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction classic, which is itself an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The other is a straight-up remake of Point Break the Kathryn Bigelow-directed 1991 actioner that combined surfing, skydiving, armed robbery, and Gary Busey to crowd-pleasing effect.
As a three-day countdown featuring teasers for a teaser trailer have promised, the first trailer for Prometheus is now online. In a week stuffed to the gills with excellent, high-profile trailers, this one is probably the best of the bunch. For the last year or so, Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have played awfully coy about the extent to which Prometheus is a prequel to Scott's seminal 1979 hit Alien, but this teaser makes it abundantly clear how how much this is stylistically and spiritually connected to its predecessor. It's designed just like a trailer for that film, and even includes a space jockey shot.
There's very little indication of plot and even less of character. Instead, the trailer maintains the mystery that has so far defined the film and ladles on thick spoonfuls of dread. While we've all been excited to see Scott return to science fiction after a three decade break, Scott apparently remembered to make Prometheus scary as hell. So that's good.
This week has basically been the trailer-pocalypse, with a cavalcade of them arriving one on top of the other starting Monday, and it's not over yet. Fox is counting down Thursday's reveal of the first trailer for Prometheus in style. On Monday, the studio released two trailers for the trailer, little thirty-second teases featuring footage from the film, behind the scenes snippets, and director Ridley Scott loquaciously discussing his return to science fiction for the first time since 1982's Blade Runner. With one day to go until the trailer arrives online to what should be the delight of many, Fox has eschewed the teases and instead debuted a new image from Prometheus.
Over the last several years, I have found it odd how, increasingly, we see ads for ads for movies in the form of quick previews for trailers, but I can't keep from getting giddy at this new thirty-second tease designed for prime the pump for the first official Prometheus trailer. The whole shebang will arrive on Thursday, December 22nd, but for now, this quick bit of business, which combines footage from the film with glimpses behind the scenes and Ridley Scott waxing verbose, will have to suffice. Well, that and some words from an interview with Scott about whether or not we'll see that slimy xenomorph from Alien spilling acidic blood.
One of the biggest question marks for next summer is Prometheus, the first science fiction film from director Ridley Scott since 1982's Blade Runner. While pretty much every major summer 2012 movie has released a teaser trailer, we've seen no actual footage from Prometheus aside from the Comic-Con footage that made it clear, visually at least, that the film does indeed take place within the universe of Alien. A teaser trailer should be arriving shortly, but today we may have a look at the film's teaser poster. There's no confirmation that the image you'll find below is, in fact, the official teaser poster, but is very much in line with the images we've seen from the film, with a tiny little spacesuited explorer before a giant, creepy face.