As we have entered the last two weeks of the year marketing execs are banking on our attention on being looking forward to what is to come in 2012, rather than looking back at the films we have already seen this year. We’ve just witnessed The Dark Knight Rises official trailer launch yesterday and we already know the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit later today.
Now comes word that 20th Century Fox will launch the trailer for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film Prometheus in U.S. theaters starting from tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm, attached to David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The trailer is expected to be available online at the Apple site also.
There’s even a new trailer for the trailer that Fox have released below;
This trailer is unlikely to be playing in the UK just yet and is yet another sign of one studio (Fox) deciding to advertise their movie with a rival studio’s (Sony, in this case “Dragon Tattoo”) film.
Prometheus is due June 8th, 2012 and is one of the more intriguing prospects on the horizon next summer and recently drips and drabs of marketing material has started to flood in. Last week we got our first look at an Alien-esque poster which carried the tagline “The Search For Our Beginning Could Lead To Our End”.
The tagline certainly backs up prior suggestions that Prometheus is Ridley Scott’s exploration of the origins of mankind. The film is rumoured to follow a crew traveling to the Zeta Riticuli star system after alien artificats are discovered in Africa 2058 that suggest Earth was terraformed specifically to house humans by aliens. A member of the human crew steals the code to this Terraforming and kicks off a chain of events that leads to the humans vs. alien war. There is also a suggestion that Prometheus will only tie into the Alien film during it’s climatic eight minutes.
Though there has of course been the huge debate over whether we should be considering this a prequel or a reboot or any other way connected to Scott’s hugely popular and ground-breaking Alien that birthed an epic saga. 20th Century Fox, at least until this stage, don’t want us to believe it is connected and certainly aren’t showing us anything that makes it crystal clear but from what the cast and crew have said and by the first look reveals we’ve seen… well it is Alien in everything but the name. Just look at the teaser for the trailer above. It has Ridley Scott saying he is back and a score, production design and feel of an Alien picture without question.
But even Ridley Scott himself seems to be a little confused over where his new film fits in. The Playlist have spotted an interview he recently conducted with Filmophilia where he states bluntly, twice, that Prometheus and Alien are not related. When asked if there was a link he said “Not at all” and when pressed “No” only to then spurt out later in the interview;
“I mean you could actually say by the end of the third act you start to realize there’s a DNA of the very first ‘Alien,’ but none of the subsequent ‘Aliens.’ To tell you what that is is a pity and I’m not going to tell you, because it’s actually pretty good, pretty organic to the process and to the original. But we go back, we don’t go forward.”
Though then he pretty much goes on tell us. Beware for potential spoilers but I’m a crack addict for hearing Scott talk about the Alien saga so I loved this talk about the ‘Space Jockey’ from the original film;
“I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was and why was he there… I always figured it’s a weapon and I always figured that [the ship in the first 'Alien'] was a carrier of weapons,” Scott said. “Therefore, who is that, inside that suit? That wasn’t a skeleton, that was a suit. And if you open up the suit, what do you get inside it? And why were they going, where were they going?”
Scott goes on to confirm that H.R. Giger, the who of course won an Academy Award for his Visual Effects work in the original film where he designed the creepy and memorable Alien creature has been “doing a little bit of work” for Scott’s new film. “He’s been doing some big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re going to go”. The full time designer on Prometheus is actually Neville Page, the creature designer of Cloverfield and who has worked with J.J. Abrams on Super 8 and Star Trek and was the lead creature designer on Avatar, among other films.
Though don’t expect his original Alien creature to make an appearance;
“No, absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He [the original alien creature] did very well. 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!”
Regarding the Alien evolution theory, Scott says;
“Things have changed so dramatically that you can start looking at the idea that all our history can be completely wrong and misguided,” Scott explained. “To me, it’s entirely logical. My first thought is that for us to be sitting here right now is actually mathematically impossible without a lot of assistance. Who assisted? Who made the right decisions? Who was pushing and pulling to adjust us? That’s a fair question.”
Prometheus, which clearly is Ridley Scott’s first attempt at a movie in this franchise since Alien in 1979, stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce and more.
This article was first posted on December 20, 2011