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The demand for scraps of information about Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction with the super-secretive Prometheus has reached the point that we’re being given a teaser for the teaser — and we’re grateful for it. That’s right, Fox has released a 30-second preview to further drum up excitement for the Thursday premiere of the actual teaser trailer. The clip apparently is similar to what was shown at Comic-Con International, but for most of us, it’s our first look at footage from the sci-fi epic.
It’s well-timed, too, as Filmophilia just published an interview with the filmmaker conducted in July while shooting in Iceland, where he talked about everything from the beginning of creation to H.R. Giger’s involvement in the movie.
Scott also discussed the cast, which includes Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson and Guy Pearce, comparing the sensemble to the mostly unknown lineup for 1979’s Alien. “Sometimes it’s better when you have a story, where you’re gonna lose people during the story, that they are lesser known. Of course, Charlize [Theron] is very well known, but she hangs around ‘till the end. (He laughs)”
He said Prometheus won’t be linked directly to the Alien films, and then dropped a now-familiar quote: “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.”
The subject of the “Space Jockey” — the creature who sent out the distress signal and was found in the first Alien flick — also came up as it has been included in the official description created by Fox. “I was always amazed that, I mean, I’ve only done two science-fictions, but I was always amazed that no one asked who the hell the Space Jockey was,” Scott said. “He wasn’t even called the Space Jockey. During the film they started to call it the Space Jockey. I don’t know who started that one off. I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he was, and why was he there? What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, well, there’s a story! And the other four [films] missed it! So, here it is.”
Speaking of the Space Jockey, which was originally created by H.R. Giger, Scott said he has been working with the surrealist painter and sculptor on this film. “We’ve had a pretty good relationship with Giger for many years,” he said. “I was the first one to go see him in Switzerland, and persuade him to get on a plane. He wouldn’t get on a plane, because he was afraid of flying. And he finally came to Shepperton. He was with me for 11 months. Never went into town, stayed over a pub in Shepperton. Very non-Giger, not exotic. You’d think he’d be in a suite in a hotel. He’s in a pub. He was in a room over a pub, and he was very happy there. And yeah, I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story and he liked it a lot. So he’s doing a little bit of work for me. He’s been doing some murals, big murals, which we’ll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we’re gonna go.”
Prometheus, directed by Scott from a script by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, opens June 8.