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According to various reports, 20th Century Fox are in talks with Jack Palgen to pen the follow-up to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, ‘Prometheus.’ Ridley Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown at this time if he will direct. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are also expected to return. Plot details are still being worked out, but Scott has said in interviews that while the first ‘Prometheus’ had several elements linking it to the ‘Alien’ franchise, this latest installment will feel more like its own film.
Jack Palgen’s script for ‘Transcendence’ drew the attention of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, who will be making his directorial debut on the project. Nolan is producing the sci-fi movie, which stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara.
With ‘Prometheus’ out now on special edition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD, the Metro caught up with co-writer/director Ridley Scott to speak on the film, it’s upcoming sequel and the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel. Speaking on why he wanted to tackle the science-fiction again, Scott revealed, “I hadn’t done sci-fi for so long and I enjoyed doing it. Plus, when it comes to the Alien world, no one else had addressed the origin question and I thought that was interesting to tackle. Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [ Michael Fassbender’s David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous.” Metro followed that answer by asking, “So that’s the sequel?” To which the filmmaker replied, “[Laughs] I wish it was that easy. They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?”
Ridley Scott also touched on his planned ‘Blade Runner’ sequel, “It’s not a rumour – it’s happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”
Writer Jon Spaihts Speaks On His ‘Prometheus’ Early Draft – Initial Plans For Facehuggers & Michael Fassbender’s David
With ‘Prometheus’ out today in the UK and tomorrow in the US on home release, Empire has posted an intriguing interview with the original screenwriter of the film, Jon Spaihts. The writer shares a number of fascinating details about what might have been if director Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof hadn’t changed the script later down the line. One particular change includes the addition of facehuggers, “I did have facehuggers in my original draft. David, as he began to get fascinated by the science of the Engineers, doesn’t deliberately contaminate Holloway with a drop of black liquid. Instead, Holloway hubristically removes his helmet in the chamber, is knocked unconscious, facehugged and wakes up not knowing what had been done to him, and stumbles back into the ship.” Spaihts continues, “In my draft, he returns to his cabin, is embraced by Shaw, who is delighted to see him having feared that he had died, and the two of them make love,” he goes on to say. “And it’s while they’re making love that he bursts and dies. So that lovemaking sequence echoed my original lovemaking sequence where he explodes! It was messy.”
Furthermore, Jon Spaihts spoke on his initial vision for Michael Fassbender’s David being a much more sinister version of the character compared to one we meet in the final cinematic cut of ‘Prometheus,’ “David, fascinated by these creatures, begins delaying the mission and going off the reservation on his own, essentially because he thinks he really belongs with the Engineers. They’re smart enough and sophisticated enough, great enough, to be his peers. He’s harboring a deep-seated contempt for his human makers. So at one point Shaw goes to stop him and David ties her up and deliberately exposes her to a facehugger. He caresses an egg open and out comes a facehugger. David doesn’t smell like a person – his breath isn’t moist – so he can handle the thing like a kitten. It doesn’t want him; it’s not interested. But then he exposes it to her and it goes for her like a shot. He toys with her for a bit and then lets it take her. That, in my draft, was how Shaw was implanted with the parasite that she had to remove with the medpod sequence.
With Ridley Scott’s ’Prometheus’ arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and on a special Blu-ray 3D collector’s edition in the UK on October 8th, the good folks over at Digital Spy have released this Blu-ray 3D trailer for the film. The Blu-ray 3D collector’s edition contains more than seven hours of bonus material, with Digital Spy providing the following details about the collector’s edition release: The home release promises to answer the questions posed by the film when it opened in June. The disc’s special features will delve into the origins of the alien glimpsed in Prometheus’s finale, the pale-skinned Engineers, and clarify the film’s connection to Scott’s first Alien. Bonus features on the 3-disc Blu-ray 3D releases also include alternate opening and ending scenes, extended and deleted scenes and access to Peter Weyland’s files.
‘Prometheus’ was released this June and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. It marked director Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to science-fiction, a genre he helped define with ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner.’ Scott is currently at work on his Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller, ‘The Counselor,’ which has Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris and John Leguizamo starring. You can check out my interviews for ‘Prometheus’ here: Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Charlize Theron. Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof. Noomi Rapace. Michael Fassbender and Logan-Marshall-Green.
20th Century Fox has revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that they are moving ahead with a sequel to Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus.’ Grossing over $300 million at the worldwide box office from a $130 million budget, the studio and Scott are said to be eyeing a 2014 or 2015 release for the ‘Prometheus’ sequel. Although it’s unclear whether or not the original films co-writer Damon Lindelof will be returning due to other commitments, both Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are signed up to return as David and Elizabeth Shaw, respectively. “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says 20th Century Fox president of production Emma Watts, who also has overseen the successful reboots of the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchises by turning over the reigns to innovative filmmakers.
‘Prometheus’ was released this June and starred Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. It marked director Ridley Scott’s long-awaited return to science-fiction, a genre he helped define with ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner.’ Scott is currently at work on his Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller, ‘The Counselor,’ which has Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris and John Leguizamo starring. You can check out my interviews for ‘Prometheus’ here: Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Charlize Theron. Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof. Noomi Rapace. Michael Fassbender and Logan-Marshall-Green.
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus,’ he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Out in cinemas now, ‘Prometheus’ offers Ridley Scott’s signature brand of action, thrills, astounding visuals, scares, and much, much more. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Emun Elliott, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Vladimir ‘Furdo’ Furdik, Patrick Wilson, and Benedict Wong. Check out my previous ‘Prometheus’ interviews here: Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Charlize Theron. Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof. Noomi Rapace.
Your character David, he brings an interesting dynamic to some of the philosophical questions the film asks. He also injects the film with some humour?
Michael Fassbender: Yeah. David, he’s a humanoid, or android, or robot. He’s basically there as a butler. That’s a thing Ridley Scott and I discussed about David, the idea that he’s always there, but never in the way. He’s sort of like the impeccable butler who makes sure everything is in order on the ship. There’s a lot of suspense, there’s a lot of gruesome stuff and there’s a lot of pretty scary stuff I think as well. It’s nice if I can bring a layer of humour there. Sometimes that puts an audience back into a sense of ease, but then you hit them with something else that’s perhaps a little more gruesome, or scary, and it has maximum effect (laughs). While the rest of the crew is suspended animation, David is enjoying himself, tinkering with the ship’s many technical wonders. And like a child, David enjoys watching the same movie over and over again, ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ And David, like T.E. Lawrence, he’s in many ways an idealized construct of a man.
The questions of where we come from and what our purpose is, its always been the question that humans seem to have asked themselves. Sort of looking up into the stars and deciding that there’s Gods up in the skies, that were sort of dictating how they would live their lives. Its always been something humans have been driven by and obsessed by. To actually confront it and come up with this theory that we’re in fact just an experiment, the same way that we kind of develop things ourselves in a very sort of blasé way. Which I think is interesting with the David character as well, because he makes those comparisons. He’s jealous and arrogant because he realises that his knowledge is all-encompassing and therefore he is superior to the humans. David wants to sort of be acknowledged and praised for his brilliance, yet nobody gives him the time of day. They don’t accept David and that upsets him. And like a child, David can be very bold in the decisions he makes (laughs).