Excuse us while we when just sweep away the tumbleweeds and cobwebs.
Right, where were we? Oh yes… after a deafening silence from the world of Prometheus, Noomi Rapace has revealed in an interview with The Playlist that she has already met with Ridley Scott to work on the story for a sequel.
While publicising her new movie Dead Man Down, Rapace brought us up to date on how develpment is going:
“They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.
“… it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue. I would love to do it.”
It’s certainly good to know that, despite committing himself to a Blade Runner sequel, Scott is still working on bringing us Prometheus 2. Whether he’ll find the time to direct it himself is another matter…
You may remember back in September one of our readers ‘Zeus’ wrote an article “Prometheus for Dummies”, which attempted to explain many of the questions raised by the film.
Since then, he has been hard at work refining his ideas, taking into account new information on the film and addressing some of the responses to his original piece.
Now we are happy to present “Prometheus Demystified”.
It’s a long read, with plenty of illustrations, so we’re providing it in PDF format, which you can download via the link below:
Give it a read, then leave your thoughts below!
On hiatus from the fright-film industry, I think we are all glad to see Ridley Scott return to this realm with Prometheus. Somebody should have told him a while ago to lay off the partycasino.com, and get back to what he knows—films! If there is one thing Scott should be noted for, it is his masterfully-crafted ability to blend the Sci-Fi and Horror genres into a cinematically-spectacular experience for viewers. Luckily, to say that Prometheus was a hit would be a complete understatement. It might even be safe to say, “He’s Back!”
To further exemplify this, for those of us who saw Prometheus know that Scott ended the movie with Elizabeth Shaw embarking on a journey into the unknown, hoping to track down the Engineers. With questions still left to be answered, and a fate unknown to us, it seems as though there is still a story to tell (or at least finish). I don’t know about you, but to me, this seems like the perfect opportunity for a sequel to Prometheus to evolve.
Even better, Scott personally hinted to the idea of a Prometheus sequel in an interview with publishing giant, Metro, when he says, “Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe.” He goes on, mentioning how Shaw still has the head of David, which is still fully functioning. Furthermore, the detached-head is completely capable of assisting Shaw in the reattaching the head to its body, which of course means that David is dangerous once again. Not to mention, there is still the begging question—“Who are the engineers?”
After the initial hint to a sequel, Scott moved into a discussion of film-making, and how he prefers digital film-making, as well as 3D viewing. So if you loved the look, the feel, and the overall aesthetic qualities of Prometheus, you will most likely enjoy the sequel since it appears Scott will stick with the same tendencies in his film-making. Not only is talk of a Prometheus sequel buzzing around the cinema scene, but Scott also verifies that Blade Runner will also see a sequel too.
Tony Scott 1944 – 2012
Writing in Saturday’s Guardian newspaper, actress Keira Knightley has written about her time with Tony Scott, working on one of her early break-out lead rolls, Domino, which Scott directed. It’s a really nice article, and well worth a look.
You can read the whole piece here, but here are a few snippets:
“They say he held the record for the fastest speeding ticket in Los Angeles – 170mph on a motorbike along Pacific Coast highway. They say he totalled two Porsches along Sunset Strip. I don’t know if any of that’s true and I don’t care. He was a man people liked to tell stories about…
“I knew Tony for three months, seven years ago, when I worked with him on Domino. Every second I spent with him was a privilege…
“One day we stood in a room together, with six naked women, choosing me a bum double. We disagreed on whose bum was the best but, being a gentleman, he gave me my way…
The world is a lesser place without Tony Scott. He was an original in every way. There will never be another like him. He was the only truly rock’n'roll person I’ve ever met. Watch his films, be part of his violent delights. He was, is and always will be a legend.
While development is still presumably in its early stages, Prometheus co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof has officially ruled himself out of working on the sequel.
Speaking to Collider, he says:
“The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.”
I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.” He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
I think that’s a shame. While many were frustrated by perceived shortcomings in Prometheus’s script, I like what Lindelof did. Not all of his revisions to Jon Spaihts’s script were ideal, but overall he elevated the movie away from a general Alien movie into something that could stand alone and head off in its own direction.
On the other hand, given some of the vitriol sent his way, I don’t blame him for wanting to step away. It’s pretty clear that the basics have already been thought out for the sequel’s storyline, and hopefully Lindelof at least played a part in that. And who knows, maybe he might be persuaded to come back for a little script polish if it’s needed!
While Fox have confirmed that a sequel is in development, an exact release date is yet to be set. We’ll bring you more as we get it!
Tony Scott 1944 – 2012
Paramount Pictures have officially announced that the late Tony Scott’s classic hit Top Gun is getting a limited IMAX 3D release, followed by a Blu-ray release in February 2013.
I don’t envy Paramount when it comes to the timing of this release. Although the 3D conversion was supervised by Scott before his death, some may see this as a cash-in from Paramount. On the other hand, with what I imagine is a considerable investment made in the conversion, Paramount understandably want to see a return. I think the timing of the release is about right.
My understanding is that Paramount were going to use this re-release to gauge the public’s interest in a sequel, but with development on the film abandoned after Scott’s death, that me no longer be a part of the plan. Besides, which director would want the responsibility of picking up the baton on this project?
Anyway, here’s Paramount’s press release in full:
“TOP GUN” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® 3D FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
THE CLASSIC FILM RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX 3D THEATRES FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8, 2013
“TOP GUN” Debuts on Blu-ray 3D™/ Blu-ray 2D™ Two-Disc Set February 19, 2013
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 11, 2012) – “TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013. The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.
TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “TOP GUN” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.
The “TOP GUN” Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more. The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology.
A couple of weeks ago I lent a hand to a friend setting up a new site dedicated to steelbook Blu-ray releases, called, with amazing good luck, www.steelbookbluray.com.
He’s now got his first competition running, where you can win a copy of the Basket Case Trilogy and The Return of The Living Dead on Blu-ray, both with very nice, limited edition steelbook packaging. The competition is open worldwide, so please check it out here. You can also follow via Twitter here.
Amazon UK currently have the 9 disc Prometheus to Alien: The Evolution Blu-ray boxset for a staggering £26.50!
As well as all the content from the old Alien Anthology and new Prometheus SE Blu-ray sets, this box also includes:
- Weyland Corporation T-Shirt
- Art of Prometheus exclusive book extract
- Art cards
This is a ‘Lightening Deal’, and part of Amazon’s Black Friday promo, so be quick!
Following the appearance last week of a Jon Spaihts draft of the then Alien prequel script, Collider have now posted a later revision, written by Damon Lindelof, and called “Paradise”.
As Spaihts did with his, Lindelof has confirmed that this script is genuine, so feel free to download it and read it here.
It’s well worth taking a look at both scripts side-by-side to see how the story evolve; it’s not often us fans get such a chance, as old scripts are often consigned to the studios’ dustbin.
Download both scripts
Jon Spaihts’ Alien: Engineers
Damon Lindelof’s Paradise
Ridley Scott Associates, Black Dog Films and Scott Free London have put out a call to fans of Bruce Springsteen
They have been asked to contribute their own short films, highlighting what the musician means to them, which will then be collected together and used in “Springsteen & I”, due for release in 2013.
According to THR:
Producer Svana Gisla said: “We are searching for a wide variety of creative interpretations, captured in the most visually exciting way you can think of, whether you’ve been a hardcore Tramp since ’73 or have heard one of his songs for the first time today! If you have a parent, a sibling, a neighbor or a colleague who has an interesting tale, we want to know about them. If you can’t use a camera or are not sure how to capture your story then get in touch and we will link you up with someone who can!”