The chaps from Hey U Guys were at the Prometheus premiere in London last night, and managed to have a few words with Producer Michael Costigan, who, among other things, touched on what the future holds for Prometheus, in terms of sequels, a director’s cut and Blu-ray extras.
Prometheus explores a lot of different ideas, and a lot of different themes. Do you think that you’ve got enough material for a sequel?There is so much already packed into the film.
Sequels are hard. We should be so fortunate to have that problem is the short answer, the longer answer is, yeah of course there’s enough different ideas. You meet these makers, but you don’t know that much more about them, so there’s a larger story to be told about them in the future, and our relationship to them. I think one of the biggest questions, but this is getting ahead of ourselves, is why they stopped coming? If they came once, why didn’t they come again? There’s plenty of questions. That’s what Noomi’s asking about at the end of the film, and what she’s asking at the end of the film, there’s 15 movies in that. Certainly one more.
Obviously Ridley’s known for doing director’s cuts of his films, quite epic long ones. This comes in at two hours, so how much is on the cutting room floor, and how much will we get on the Blu-Ray?
The nature of those director’s cuts has changed with Blu-Ray. There’s certainly some additional material that can be added, I think enhance a few things. It’ll be to show more, it won’t be because he feels dissatisfied with this cut, this is the cut he stands by and loves, there’s no major secret looming that hasn’t been included – at least not that comes to the top of my head. There’ll be some goodies. I think also in this one, a lot of the things we’ve explored in the viral pieces, have also given him – I think that’s what’s been so satisfying for him. What’s so satisfying about the process is that some of the things a director looks to do, those viral films allow you to kind of explore some different ideas.
So they weren’t generated by the marketing department then?
No, they were 100% led by us. That was working with Ridley on the script, and frequently different ideas would pop up, that you knew, in building the mythology for this movie, it’s a two hour movie, there’s a limit to how much can make it into the film, and so different ideas were accrued over time, and we logged them. We started making those movies while we were shooting the film.
Did Ridley direct them?
No he did not, no. A couple of brilliant [Ridley Scott Associates] directors did. We were fortunate to do it, and our cast was incredibly gracious about participating in them.
Do you think we may get to see some more of those then?
That’s a good question, you should be demanding those before the Blu-Ray. I would hope, if there’s anything additional on the Blu-Ray, it should be more of those.
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Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Patrick Wilson and Kate Dickie, and is due for release on June 8th 2012 in the USA, and June 1st 2012 in the UK.