Kudos to Erlingur Gretar for his fascinating interview with Ridley Scott regarding the mysteries, philosophies and design of Prometheus. Scott does trot out some of his favourite lines about the film – and acknowledges that he’s doing so – but he also opens up, brilliantly.
It’s worth a read, top-to-bottom, for any amount of revelations, but here are the little nuggets of Promethus “news” to bait you, three very interesting question-and-answer pairs:
What [part of Prometheus] are you shooting in Iceland? What role in the film does it “play”?
It’s, you know, whenever you’re talking about science-fiction, it always sounds pretentious or corny. It’s actually “The beginning of time”. But I think we’ve got it right… [laughter] So, it will be a pretty good beginning of time.
The official synopsis from Fox says that this revolves around the “Alien Gods”, the “Space Jockey” from the first film.
Yeah, so there you have that… I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, well, there’s a story! And the other four [films] missed it! So, here it is.
EGE: Will you be using any of Giger’s original design for this film?
[Giger is] doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.
Final question. I have a feeling what the answer will be, but many want to know. Will we see the original xenomorph in Prometheus?
No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He (the xenomorph) did very well. (He laughs) He survived, he’s now in Disneyland in Orlando, and no way am I going back there. How did he end up in Disneyland? I saw him in Disneyland, Jesus Christ!
There’s a lot more where that came from, including a very interesting detour into theories of evolution. It’s pretty out-there stuff.
It’s interesting that Scott’s interest in the story seems to be rooted in some philosophical ideas whereas, from the conversations I’ve had and blog posts I’ve been reading, the audience are looking to Prometheus mainly for thrills, excitement and a sense of alien-ness. The film will have to deliver a lot, and in a tricky balance, to really come off, but Scott has done it before and I’m very confident that he can do it again.
Prometheus will be with us in the Summer. I can hardly wait.