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Prometheus: Ridley Scott drops more clues as second trailer launches


Feature by Rob Carnevale

RIDLEY Scott has dropped a few more hints about what to expect (or perhaps better phrased, what not to) from his sci-fi return Prometheus.

Speaking at WonderCon, a smaller-scale Comic-Con, held on Saturday (March 17, 2012) at the Anaheim Convention Center in the US, the director was joined by co-writer Damon Lindelof and co-star Charlize Theron in unveiling an extended trailer for the film.

And while excitement reached fever pitch following the new footage, it seems only to have raised more questions about the movie itself, which seems connected to the world Scott first created with Alien if not entirely linked.

The trailer – which will be on IndieLondon soon – teases an intriguing mystery that is kick-started by an apparent “invitation” from another civilization.

It then shows members of an expedition (including Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender) heading off to investigate.

Intially, there’s a sense of wonder and awe, before the music darkens and things take a turn for the worse amid fears that whatever lies in wait for the planet ultimately has Earth as a target.

At one point, a character is seen to shout that there won’t be a home to return to if they don’t prevent whatever it is leaving the planet, while cries of “Get it off! Get if off” suggest the return of something invasive with the capability of attaching itself to a human (the alien or face-hugger, perhaps)?

Later still, a flash clip of an alien-like body standing over one of the characters seems to appear, while a lot of the make-up of the planet the characters visit and the spaceship that seems to hold the key to the mystery seems to be a repeat of that originally found by Sigourney Weaver’s crew in Scott’s 1979 original.

And yet, there’s still no clarity. The images flash so quickly they only offer tantalising teasers of what you might be seeing. It’s a masterpiece of tension and exhilaration.

Scott, for his part, was reportedly keen to play down the Alien connection when addressing the audience, saying that while there has been talk of the movie having “DNA from Alien,” it had since morphed into something else once he and Lindelof began story meetings.

“It evolved into another universe,” he said.

Hoever, and perhaps even more exciting, there is scope for more movies.

“If we’re lucky, there’ll be a second part,” he added. “It does leave you with some nice open questions.”

Commenting on how both the action movie genre and the sci-fi movie genre had changed since he last visited it, Scott also talked about the difficulty of making something truly original – as Alien was in its day.

He said: “We’re almost action-filmed out, almost science fiction-filmed out, so the baseline question is: how original are you going to be?”

Prometheus is released in UK cinemas on June 1.

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