In 1979 Ridley Scott’s Alien changed the world of cinema with its blend of sci-fi and horror. Over thirty years later, the multi-Oscar-nominated director returns to the genre(s) he helped redefine with Prometheus, a sci-fi/horror tale set within in the same cinematic universe as Alien – though Scott and Co. have promised that this is no mere prequel.

Now fans have the chance to see where the old and new elements of Scott’s sci-fi/horror universe converge and diverge, thanks to the debut of the official Prometheus trailer – which will be arriving in just a few days’ time. Until then, we have a preview of the trailer, featuring some new footage and a word from Sir Ridley Scott himself.

The film tells the dark tale of  “a team of explorers, who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.” The film also boasts a pretty impressive cast, including the likes of Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrik Wilson, Guy Pearce, and Logan Marshall-Green.


The official Promethus trailer will debut on Thursday – for now, check out the preview below (via iTunes Movie Trailers):

Just knowing that Ridley Scott is back doing sci-fi horror is enough to give any Alien fan goosebumps. The scenes briefly teased in that preview certainly do echo the sort of sci-fi future Scott envisioned in Alien – and I can only hope the old-school horror movie music featured in the preview is a taste of the music in the actual film. It sets the perfect old-but-new tone for a film like this.

But more than anything, fans will surely wonder about Ridley Scott’s statement regarding this film, “It’s epic. And not just by definition of the scale of the sets – it’s about the very grand ideas and notions. The surprising things that will appear to be small, yet will be enormous.”

Previous interviews with the director have shed some light on what those grand ideas and notions might be – but I think we all sit in wonder as to what the those ‘small, surprising’ elements of the plot are. And of course there’s the question – what is the film’s connection to Alien?

We’ll know for sure when Prometheus hits theaters (2D and 3D) on June 8, 2012. Check back on Thursday for the full trailer.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers