Damon Lindelof Teases Some Secrets & Plot Elements of 'Prometheus'
While we're still waiting patiently to see a teaser, trailer, poster or any official footage from Ridley Scott's Prometheus, the buzz continues, this time thanks to an interview MTV (via SlashFilm) recently had with writer Damon Lindelof. 20th Century Fox recently released an updated plot synopsis, but details are still very vague on the pseudo-Alien prequel, which was originally said to take place in its own world with a new crew on a spaceship. Lindelof has been playing coy for a while, speaking only briefly about the project since getting attached, but reveals some interesting details about the secrets hidden in the sci-fi movie. Read on!
Here is what we do know: the cast includes Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, Guy Pearce plus also Patrick Wilson, supposedly in some secret role. There's not much we know about the plot besides that it's about "a team of explorers [who] discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe." Along the way they encounter some alien creatures and, well, we'll have to see when this hits theaters next June 8th. But in the meantime, Lindelof gives us some juicy details to whet our appetite.
Up first, he talks about Michael Fassbender's character: "He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?,' wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions. When you cast a guy like Fassbender, who's going to bring a lot more to it than [makes clichéd robot movements] — that was me doing the robot, I don't know if you could tell — it's not Anthony Daniels. All due respect. He's phenomenal."
Next, he chats about Charlize Theron's role: "Her character's name is Meredith Vickers and she's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien movies — that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix… I don't think she's slimy [like Paul Reiser's character in Aliens]. She's not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, 'What company is she a face of?,' I think is a big part of the fun. As we were developing the script, she had some really cool ideas that made it not the suit you're used to."
Finally, he discusses the importance of and dynamic of the ensemble crew on the spaceship: "I think one of the really cool things about the first Alien, if you watch it cold, Ripley is kind in the background like one of the crew members, and you're like, 'Skerrit's [who played Captain Dallas] the hero of the movie,' and he's one of the first to go. And then you're like, 'It's [the engineer played by] Harry Dean Stanton.' And, no, he's gone… and suddenly Sigourney Weaver, in the last 40 minutes of the movie, is the only one left alive. I think the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not,' [that's] part of the fun of what we set out to do."
This sounds great so far, like there are some very deep sci-fi ideas being addressed, it's not just a simple glossy Hollywood space epic. I'm one of the lucky few who also got to see some early footage at Comic-Con, and combining all of that with these details, this movie is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated of next summer, and there's some huge movies coming out then. Lindelof also mentions that this is all Ridley's vision, despite writing it: "It was really about channeling that idea so that I was realizing his vision, as opposed to imposing my vision on it." He did bring us Alien and Blade Runner years ago. I love hearing these tidbits and this is a perfect extra tease to keep us intrigued and guessing until next summer arrives.
I've embedded the full video interview directly from MTV below for your viewing pleasure if you prefer to just watch Damon Lindelof talk about Prometheus. I'm hoping we'll see some kind of trailer before the end of the year, but for now we'll have to keep speculating. We'll continue to keep you updated on Prometheus!
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
like i stated before, i think the whole "company" idea is what people are glossing over. the fact that it is faceless has always struck me as mysterious. more so then the aliens themselves because the "company" has always been shrouded by the few representatives and communiques in the films - we've never been given a glimpse into what the company is. im glad to hear that the creative team has seen that.
Alejo on Sep 28, 2011
Yeah I agree. The movies, especially the sequels, should have focused on the company more. After all the company really is the true villain of the films, the aliens are just animals/potential weapons for the company to use. I feel like after Aliens, the sequel/sequels should have focused on a fight between Ripley and the company, with some aliens still thrown in without focusing on the them as a centerpiece of the film. Alien 3 attempted to do this toward the end of the film but other than that there wasn't much separating it's plot from the first film's.
Awtan90 on Sep 29, 2011
i'm just hoping and praying that there will be a "Lost" reference in the movie; specifically "Dharma". man, i hope that's the company. most likely not, though...... 🙁
eight on Sep 28, 2011
What about the Hanso Foundation?!
Michael Lee on Sep 28, 2011
Xerxexx on Sep 28, 2011
It will be interesting to see if or which of the various interpretations of the Space Jockey’s species in the novelisations, graphic novels, etc they have used in Prometheus. Based on the leaked plot, I think it will be a synthesis with them initially as allies to the humans and later ending up as villains. On Wikipedia, it states the following: "In Alan Dean Foster’s novelisation of Alien, Ash describes the Space Jockey’s race as a noble people and hopes that mankind will encounter them under more pleasant circumstances. It also states that they were larger, stronger and possibly more intelligent than humans. Foster’s novelisation states that the Jockey was trying to warn humans away from the Xenomorphs. In Steve Perry’s Earth Hive, the Space Jockey’s race are referred to as collectors because they collect Xenomorph eggs. In Michael Jan Friedman’s Aliens: Original Sin, the race is referred to as the Mala’kak. According to the comic book The Destroying Angels, the Xenomorphs caused the species to become extinct 1.6 million years ago. Mark Verheiden’s Aliens graphic novel depict the Space Jockey’s race as malevolent; they refrain from attacking humans due to their immense hatred of their common enemy, the Xenomorphs, but they intend to wipe out and/or enslave humanity once their war with the Xenomorphs is over. In the series, a Space Jockey-like creature communicates telepathically with humans."
Kasia on Sep 28, 2011
cool theories, but anything i've learned from star wars novelizations is back stories change when movies are made and the books suffer by getting 'retconned'.
Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011
Here's a thought, how about if he is made to finish Lost before he's allowed to do anything else?
Lasdiii on Sep 29, 2011
"Not available in your region?" FUCK YOU MTV!
Guest007 on Sep 29, 2011
lol, same here, "not available", when will they stop with this bullshit??
David Banner on Sep 30, 2011
I'm just here for Michael Fassbender. 😛
Katie Thornley on Oct 3, 2011
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