Just as Peter Jackson returns to the beautiful, idyllic world of Middle-earth, Ridley Scott returns to the dreaded nightmare of the Alien universe, only there’s not an alien in sight. When asked whether everyone’s favourite metaphorical penis/Archaic Mother would be making an appearance in the upcoming Prometheus film, Scott had this to say:
“No. Absolutely not. They squeezed it dry. He 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!”
To be fair even James Cameron’s rather good Alien sequel felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity, and that’s to say nothing of Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection and the awful AVP films. For Ridley Scott, it was the universe that was presented in the first film, not the monster itself, that was so intriguing, and of course exploring the origins of the mysterious ‘Space Jockey’. What we see in the Prometheus trailer is a fairly epic space adventure, that nevertheless holds onto it’s gritty roots and horror theme. Intriguingly, the plot revolves around the search for mankind’s beginning, which suggests a philosophical angle, appropriate for a science fiction film, especially one that seems to be emulating the style and themes popular in the 1970s. If nothing else the title of the film certainly conjures up fascinating possibilities, this might be the Alien film we’ve all been waiting for, even if there won’t be any recognisable aliens in it.
Prometheus is out in June, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron. You can Check out the trailer in all it’s shiny glory over on iTunes Movie Trailers.