Guillermo Del Toro has stated emphatically that he'll never make a movie that doesn't include a monster or monsters. We've known for some time that his new movie, next summer's Pacific Rim, will involve some bigass monsters wreaking havoc and some equally bigass anime-inspired mecha-bots going up against them in order to save humanity.
Though it may not be a prequel in exactly the manner we expect, Prometheus still takes place in the Alien universe, and as such it requires a corporate shill willing to sell out the characters we actually care about. This time, in the rich tradition of the Aliens human dicksplash Carter Burke, Charlize Theron plays Meredith Vickers, a representative of Weyland-Yutani predecessor Weyland Industries.
A new international spot for Prometheus serves to illustrate the tricky place in which we find ourselves regarding spoilers overall and with this film specifically. Basically, if you want to know absolutely no more than you already do – if you'd rather not glimpse a single revealing new image, no matter how brief, or know a single scary beat, no matter how abruptly presented – then move along without watching this or really any more Prometheus promo material.
We've seen all manner of impressive, anticipation-stoking promotion for Prometheus, including many a teasing image and that behind-the-scenes featurette that closed out last week. 20th century Fox is starting this week off right and ensuring that the Alien quasi-prequel remains a much-discussed summer movie event by releasing the first official Prometheus clip.
Earlier this week, you may have seen the featurette exploring the thematic underpinnings of Prometheus. If so, then you might be interested in a batch of new stills from the film, as well as yet another featurette. This one admittedly very similar to the last, though entirely more thorough, including additional material from the film, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with director Ridley Scott, screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and stars Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, and Michael Fassbender.
Guillermo del Toro is currently at work on Pacific Rim, an epic monster movie set for next summer. More than a year ago, though, it looked like Universal Pictures was going to spend big money on del Toro's dream project, an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella At the Mountains of Madness, with James Cameron producing and Tom Cruise starring.
Considering the budget and del Toro's insistence that he not be locked in to a PG-13 rating, Universal ultimately passed on the project, but del Toro still owns the rights and seemed hopeful that eventually he would get At the Mountains of Madness going at another studio.
So far, the promotional campaign for Prometheus has proven remarkably adept at playing it mysterious, providing tantalizing clues and glimpses at the film's interstellar horrors. The approach has worked tremendously well, and today, a new international trailer doesn't ruin that sense of mystery or anything, but the three-minute trailer definitely shows off a lot of new Prometheus imagery, including our first look at some creature designs. It's another outstanding trailer, but if you want to be surprised in the theater, then just skip this latest epic trailer.
There are precious few directors who are basically movie stars themselves, whose names and resumes are familiar enough to mass audiences to act as selling points. Ridley Scott is one of them. If it does absolutely nothing else, a newly released behind-the-scenes featurette from Prometheus ensures that you're psyched about Scott directing an ambitious new big budget movie, but it's also guaranteed to get your endorphins running over Scott's return to the universe of 1979 classic Alien.
Remember that Prometheus viral video from a month ago? The one that was an ad for fictitious Weyland Corporation's newest innovation in the field of robotics, the eighth iteration in the David android series? Remember how it was slick and insanely well-made like an effective commercial then got crazy-creepy at the end? Well now there's a new Prometheus viral video for David 8 that features Michael Fassbender as the android, taking the stylistic and thematic content way, way further to great effect.
Most of the imagery we've seen from Prometheus has focused on the extraterrestrial setting, showing a lot of dark, foreboding, H.R. Giger-style chambers and weirdness. Today, though, we've got no fewer than eight shiny new images devoted exclusively to the Prometheus itself, the eponymous interstellar craft that takes our intrepid heroes to the planet LV-426, where they're introduced to the horrors that kinda sorta set up Ridley Scott's classic Alien.