Once again, it’s time to tip my hat to Prometheus for having a particular longevity online. Whether you loved the film or hated it, or had very mixed emotions (perhaps relating to the beautiful cinematography versus the particular actions and motivations of the characters) there’s no question that Ridley Scott‘s vague Alien prequel remains a viable topic of conversation months after its release.
And now you can read the version that might have been. It was only a few days ago that a fake version of a Damon Lindelof draft was being sent out to editors in a lame trolling attempt, so the first reaction to this early draft of what became Prometheus was skepticism. But the author has verified it, so now you can examine the early DNA of the movie that traced the early DNA of Alien, and of humanity.
And, as a bonus, you can also see early effects tests for a Ridley Scott movie that didn’t happen: his version of Richard Matheson‘s I Am Legend. Read More »
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Briefly: The ever-busy Ridley Scott just got a bit more busy, as a deal with Focus Features International and Scott Free London will find the producer/director overseeing a slate of low-budget genre films. Six films are outlined as part of the three-year deal, which will turn out a half-dozen “horror, thriller, and sci-fi” features. This will let Focus International get in on the low-budget horror gravy train that has long been a part of filmmaking and distribution, but is going particularly strong now thanks to the influence of Paranormal Activity.
Better yet, these films will be produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen, and will shoot in that region. So there will be a slightly different flavor to the slate than the horror we often see. (I hope.) In the press release, Scott said “Our target is to create a structure that enables filmmakers to push boundaries and to excite audiences. Our proposed model of filmmaking allows us to give helmers the opportunity to really innovate through narrative, production techniques and distrib strategies.”
A few people have lined up new films, or are getting their hoped-for projects closer to rolling. After the break,
- Jordan Scott takes over Gucci from her father,
- Nicholas Jarecki moves from Arbitrage to Fuel,
- and the Woman in Black sequel gets a director.
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The fate of a Prometheus sequel is likely being decided as we speak…on Blu-ray shelves nationwide. Ridley Scott‘s return to the Alien universe just came out on Blu-ray after its slightly disappointing U.S box office, grossing just over $126 million. When combined with its international take, though, the film was a moderate hit, grossing just over $400 million. That’s not a number that guarantees a follow up but the movie has generated a ton of discussion and a strong showing in the home market would surely help the sequel’s case immensely.
Scott recently spoke about that potential film and made it sound like a Blade Runner sequel was more certain than a second trip on the Prometheus, saying that the sequel to the 1982 classic was definitely “happening.” Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
The links between Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus and Alien are explicit. But an image that purports to be a screenshot from the bonus material on the steelbook edition of Prometheus makes a case for something bigger: the Alien films and Blade Runner being set in the same universe. The precise intent of the info in the image snapshot is open to question. That said, eagle-eyed watchers of both Alien and Blade Runner will have long ago realized that the films already had something in common, and that’s after the break, too.
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Another big Blu-ray mystery has been solved this week. After months of speculation over what Ridley Scott would include on the Blu-ray release of Prometheus, the final list of features has been revealed. There isn’t a specific set of deleted scenes, though 10 minutes of them have already leaked online, but there will be an alternate opening and ending, as well as director commentary by Scott and screenwriter commentary by Jon Spaiths and Damon Lindelof. All in all, there will be over seven hours of bonus features. It’ll be released October 9.
After the jump, check out the full listing of features and box art. Read More »
For the small minority of people who haven’t bought Blade Runner in some format over the past several decades, next month might be your time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. is releasing a brand new 3-disc collectors edition that’ll include the Ridley Scott‘s Final Cut, which has been unavailable on Blu-ray for several months, as well as a few cool little trinkets and a 72 page booklet with brand new sketches, posters and set photos. After the jump, check out the full box art and trailer for the release. Read More »
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A few weeks ago, rumors began to circulate that Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus would have over a half hour of deleted scenes, a majority of which would be from the controversial ending. 20th Century Fox never confirmed this and since, it seems increasingly likely that’s not the case. The latest rumor is that the disc will have just over 20 minutes of extra and extended scenes with no word on how much of it will be from the ending. However, you can factor out at least half of it.
That’s because 10 minutes of deleted scenes from the film have made their way online: six scenes in total. They certainly give some of the characters more motivation and personality but there’s no real answers here. Just fat that was pretty expertly trimmed. After the jump, check out the interesting, but also kind of boring footage, as well as a bunch of gruesome behind the scenes images and concept sketches. Read More »