Here’s the thing about Prometheus, the 3D sci-fi movie coming out in June of this year. Prometheus was made by a genius. Its story is connected to, by degrees, one of the most important science-fiction narratives in movie history. In short, hardcore followers of Ridley Scott and the tetralogy inspired by his brainchild, Alien, have been waiting for this moment since it was first announced several years ago.
That anticipation was palpable at the WonderCon 2012 Fox Film Panel. The crowd cheered at length before one of the Prometheus script’s writers and panel moderator, Damon Lindelhof, came out to introduce the trailer. (It was to have been the first time an audience saw the Prometheus trailer, but unfortunately, someone leaked the trailer online 12 hours ago).
The crowd was understandably excited. Sir Ridley Scott is directly responsible for stunning movies of visual and narrative splendor across genres. From Alien (1979) to Bladerunner (1982) to Thelma and Louise (1991), Black Hawk Down (2001) and Gladiator (2000), his mythology is specific, humanistic, and resounding.
The full theatrical trailer for Prometheus is now online. Phrased another way: The new Prometheus trailer can now forcibly insert visual marvelousness into your eyeholes. We've long known that Ridley Scott's return to science-fiction and the universe of his 1979 masterpiece Alien would be a stylistic treat, since it's Scott and all, but this trailer gives us a better idea of the film's actual story.
This Saturday, March 17th, as WonderCon rages in Anaheim, director Ridley Scott and co-writer Damon Lindelof will also be in Orange County to reveal the theatrical trailer for Prometheus. Fox is turning the trailer's debut into an event, with Scott and Lindelof partaking in a Q&A relating to the oh-so mysterious Alien quasi-prequel.
As with anything relating to big summer movies, it wouldn't be an event without some ridiculous hype, and Fox has offered up a tease of the trailer. Since it's fundamentally a trailer for a trailer, it is definitely brief and teasing, but does contain new footage and plenty of atmosphere.
About two months ago, The Counselor was a project of which we were wholly unaware. It wasn't even really a project, really. Now, though, the Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor is one of the most exciting things going. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's first screenplay immediately got no less a director than Ridley Scott on board, and with Michael Fassbender attached to star, the supporting cast is coming into focus. Right now, a trio of Oscar-caliber actors are in early talks, as Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, and Javier Bardem all look to join the film.
3D has too often been used as a gimmicky means of jacking up the ticket price on a movie without actually adding anything to the presentation. If there's a rule, though, it's that masterful directors like James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Steve Spielberg can actually do something substantial with that extra dimension. Ridley Scott makes his first 3D feature with this June's Prometheus, and we'll be able to see what the inimitable visual stylist can do with 3D in jumbo-size, as Prometheus is getting an IMAX release.
Given the mysteriousness that has surrounded Prometheus for the last year, it makes perfect sense that, in the lead up to its release, the Alien quasi-prequel is building anticipation through a viral marketing campaign. A more assaultive and straightforward promotional effort just wouldn't be in keeping with the style Ridley Scott and company have established around his much-discussed return to science fiction. The latest nugget to emerge from the viral campaign is a new image, a still of a moment from the Prometheus teaser trailer that premiered in December.
Yesterday, we learned from no less a source than director Ridley Scott that Australian actor Guy Pearce is playing Peter Weyland in this summer's Prometheus. This is important because fans of Scott's Alien will remember that the corporation owning the Nostromo was Weyland-Yutani. Now, a viral promo for the science fiction epic properly introduces us to Weyland, a titan of industry in the future of Prometheus.
A minor spoiler is the crux of this post, so consider this your warning. It has been some time since we've heard so much as a peep from Prometheus. In lieu of another still featuring awed actors in spacesuits staring offscreen or another stunning trailer, today we have some words from the man himself, director Ridley Scott, on his not-really-a-prequel-but-totally-a-prequel to Alien.
Specifically, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner, making his first foray into science fiction since 1982, provided a bit of information about a role that has, like so much about Prometheus, been mysterious. During the film's production, it emerged that Guy Pearce, who you'll remember as Leonard from Memento, was a part of the cast. Since that rumor was eventually confirmed, we've heard noting about just who the Australian actor is portraying. He didn't seem to pop up in the teaser and he hasn't been in any official stills. So what gives?
When Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and American treasure Cormac McCarthy suddenly had a spec screenplay in the ether, Ridley Scott prompted went about making it his next project. While Scott always has at least a half-dozen potential projects lined up at any given moment, he set them all aside in favor of The Counselor. When Scott's involvement was confirmed, word was that he wanted Michael Fassbender to play the title character, but Fassbender's schedule suggested that he might be too busy.
Last summer's X-Men: First Class ended with a snap, crackle, and pop, as erstwhile BFFs Professor Xavier and Magneto ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum agitating for mutant rights. While Xavier set about establishing his school for gifted youngsters, Magneto adopted his codename and helmet to bring the fight to the Man. That doesn't mean, however, that Erik Lensherr will be twirling his mustache as an arch villain in the planned sequel, though. According to screenwriter Simon Kinberg, Magneto will remain a conflicted character in the continuation.