Despite swirling rumors, teaser footage descriptions, and two official studio synopses, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is still shrouded in secrecy, especially with regard to the plot and what connections it has to the Alien franchise.
As one of the creators of Lost, writer Damon Lindelof has a lot of experience keeping secrets. Which is why it came as a bit of a surprise to hear that he had disclosed so many details of Prometheus to the MTV Movies Blog.
On developing Prometheus with Ridley Scott, Damon Lindelof said:
"Having done 'Lost' for six years, I felt this tremendous responsibility because I'm one of the visionaries behind the show, so there's no safety net below you. When I got the call [from Ridley] I had this tremendous amount of relief and comfort that Ridley Scott is going to be the safety net. What ensued was a series of conversations where I was kind of interviewing Ridley to get a sense of the movie he wanted to make. Once I got a sense of that, then it was really about channeling that idea so that I was realizing his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it. That was my perspective. His perspective was more kind and generous in terms of ideas that I brought to the movie. But really everything I was coming up with was just a different spin on what he was saying to me."
Hmm – it’s unclear how being “one of the visionaries” behind Lost means Lindelof doesn’t have a safety net, especially considering he could probably always call up one of the other visionaries – J.J. Abrams – and get a co-producing or co-writing job, a la Star Trek and its sequel.
On Michael Fassbender’s role as an android:
"He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of 'Blade Runner' is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?,' wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions. When you cast a guy like Fassbender, who's going to bring a lot more to it than [makes clichéd robot movements] — that was me doing the robot, I don't know if you could tell — it's not Anthony Daniels. All due respect. He's phenomenal. But C-P3O…"
On Charlize Theron’s role as an employee of a mysterious corporation:
"Her character's name is Meredith Vickers and she's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the 'Alien' movies — that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix …. I don't think she's slimy [like Paul Reiser's character in 'Aliens']. She's not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, ‘What company is she a face of?,’ I think is a big part of the fun. As we were developing the script, she had some really cool ideas that made it not the suit you're used to."
On the importance of an ensemble cast, carried over from the original Alien:
"I think one of the really cool things about the first 'Alien,' if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you're like, 'Skerrit's [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie,' and he's one of the first to go. And then you're like, 'It's [the engineer played by] Harry Dean Stanton.' And, no, he's gone… and suddenly Sigourney Weaver, in the last 40 minutes of the movie, is the only one left alive. I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not,' [that's] part of the fun of what we set out to do."
Since this isn't the first semi-big Prometheus news piece so far this week – the other being the second official synopsis that was released on Tuesday -- might 20th Century Fox be gearing up for a teaser trailer release sometime soon? After all, the San Diego Comic-Con footage received rave reviews from the all who saw it, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to garner more goodwill by showing it to the rest of us.
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Prometheus hits theaters June 8th, 2012.
Source: MTV Movies Blog