We take a salivatory glance ahead to Ridley Scott’s ferociously anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus, out on June 1st.
Picking up where he left off thirty years ago with sci-fi classic Alien, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus will see the Gladiator director return to the genre he re-defined in existential epic Blade Runner.
Set thirty seven years before the events of Alien, Prometheus sees a crew of scientists – including Irish acting sensation Michael Fassbender as a cyborg! – led by archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace) on an expedition to answer the biggest question of them all: Where do we come from?’
In an interview with Empire magazine, Scott revealed a desire to do more with Prometheus than simply provoke a reaction. With the age-old question ‘Why are we here?’ gnawing away at him, this time around it seems he wants to challenge us in a different way. “What this film does do”, says Scott, “…is open up a whole different door. A much bigger door, away from monsters and demons”.
Prometheus, like Alien before it, offers something new and exciting from the sci-fi genre, something we can relate to on a human level, in an environment that is (for want of a better word) entirely alien to us.
Ronan is the creator of, and head writer at, Filmplicity