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Exclusive: Noomi Rapace Says She's Met With Ridley Scott, 'Prometheus 2' Script Being Worked On Now

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by Drew Taylor
February 26, 2013 8:59 PM
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Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Ridley Scott

One of the most bickered about movies of last year was Ridley Scott's "Alien" pseudo-prequel "Prometheus," a gaudy, lumbering hulk of a movie with more moving parts than your father's Chevy, it was a film that posed just as many questions as it answered and whose elliptical nature allured as many moviegoers as it repelled. Well, it was still something of a hit, and it appears work is moving ahead on a sequel, at least according to "Prometheus" leading lady Noomi Rapace.

Catching up with the actress as she did press rounds for "Dead Man Down," when we asked where she was in the "Prometheus 2" process, she said, "They're working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It's just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will."

We then asked about her thoughts on the reaction to the film – the endless speculation, theories, and essays that bloomed in the wake of "Prometheus." She began by describing her experience on the first film. "I love working with Ridley. It was pure joy," she said. "It was really hard work sometimes. My body was a complete mess – I had bruises and cuts and emotionally I was a bit slammed. But being in his world and his universe was such an amazing experience." 

She then implied that the speculative angles are things she would like to see influence the sequel. "And it's interesting because people, most people I've talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations," Rapace explained. "And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue." She added: "I would love to do it."

But, we had to ask, since original screenwriter Damon Lindelof (who took the original script, a more straightforward prequel, into all those loopy directions) isn't coming back (he's got an HBO series in the works and that super-mysterious Disney thing "Tomorrowland"), have they hired a writer? "You would have to ask someone at the studio about who the writer is." We prodded -- was she sure she can't squeal? "No!" she chirped back.

More from our conversation with Noomi Rapace soon. "Dead Man Down" opens on March 8th.

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31 Comments

  • Kevin | March 3, 2013 3:59 AMReply

    I think that with a sequel to Prometheus they need to tie in the whole conceptual idea that the Aliens "abandoned" the humans BECAUSE of their(ongoing)conflict with the Predators! That would make perfect sense and tie everything together going both backward and forward in time, including all past films and possible future films. Quite simply, these aliens are trying to engineer and develop a Super Biological Weapon to counter the threat from the Predators who endanger their very own existence and survival as a species! This works on so many levels and individual frames of perspective that it should and must be the focal point for a coherent sequel.

  • Kevin | March 7, 2013 11:13 PM

    I'm more astounded that no one picked upon your brilliant thoughts of how to tie the Alien line together than I am at how poor the writting was for this film. Having the Engineers "eliminating" potential host species is the only way forward, and the only thing that can save this train wreck of a moive as a tie in for the next installment. That said, I am a scifi geek and do get Prometheus, to a point, and glad they made it. I just wish the story line was better.

  • Jake | February 28, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    Seriously keep the name "Paradise", none of this Prometheus 2 nonsense.

  • Laurie Mann | February 28, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    Nooooooooo....

    In Prometheus, it was so sad to see such great effects tied to such an awful script. I can't see the next script being any better.

  • MJ | February 28, 2013 6:56 PM

    Damon Lindelof is gone, it's already better.

  • Simon | February 27, 2013 12:20 PMReply

    Ugh, had hoped Ridley wouldnt be involved. I was very dissatisfied with the last one. Weighty, asked questions, answered very little (sorry defenders of it). I liked Lost but this was tosh. Also I am convinced they have no idea what they were doing in writing it. They left Alien imprints on the wall to suggest things but thats all they did , suggest things which are quickly debunked. Honest movie trailers did a great parody of it.
    Just google Honest Movie trailers Prometheus and it'll give you at least a laugh. Also I'd have kept Charlize' character alive over Noomi. But thats probably just me. More interesting actress.

  • Paranoid Android | March 9, 2013 3:17 AM

    If you liked LOST even after the final season, then you have no grounds on which to criticize any movie for being vague or vacuous. Talk about a script in which the writers had no idea where it was going and simply gave up altogether.

  • MJ | February 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    I think the biggest problem was that it was initially planned as a two-parter, and Fox likely balked at backing both simultaneously when it lacked a direct connection to Alien and Scott would insist on an R rating, the script they shot seemed like it attempted to do too many things to make up for that and was left being rather muddled when deciding what to reveal and what to keep for themselves if they got to make part 2.

  • Dryer | February 27, 2013 3:44 PM

    Totally agree. Noomi is a frozen actress with no emotion. Not sure how they figure her being akin to Sigorney Weavers Ripley.

  • Dryer | February 27, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    Scott & Lindeloff are both to blame for this train wreck. Scott had a perfectly good one off script to work with but due to being out of touch let alittle too much self doubt steer the final product. Just watch the making of the film doc, the film wouldve been 10x better had Scott not gotten cold feet. Once that happened years worth of planning were needlessly scrapped. Fox got involved brought in Lindeloff who egotistically turned it into a choose your own adventure story, adding needless mysticism while randomly tossing in part of the original script; hence why none of the characters decisions or actions make any sense. It'll be interesting to see how Scott will manage through this wreck with this mysticism idea, because now he's stuck in the hole he helped Lindeloff dig. He's got a dismembered head in a duffle bag riding along with an aloof scientist who jumped on the last working space pod heading to where and as an audience do we even care at this point ?

  • Jake | February 28, 2013 7:00 PM

    The problem wasn't Lindelof, the problem was that they had huge ideas, amazing conceptual design (and execution on that end) but it never had a strong screenplay, the earlier draft is clearer on the unanswered-questions angle, but not particularly stronger.

  • You | February 27, 2013 9:53 AMReply

    I'm hoping that after giving the world a 2 hour long prologue they'll present us with the story itself this time around.

  • L | February 27, 2013 9:41 AMReply

    "Script Being Worked On Now" ; Happy to know they're embracing such a unique and groundbreaking approach to filmmaking this time around.

  • Ryan | February 27, 2013 5:04 AMReply

    For everyone hating on Prometheus.. If you search online, there is a fan edit of the film that has with great quality and editing skills has added additional scenes in the beginning, middle, and end of the film.. Scenes such as Wayland's press conference, Naomi Rapace first contact to Wayland via phone message, Introduction of the crew, and additional scenes with Wayland speaking to the Engineer..

    Yes I agree the scientist wanting to touch the snake/worm thing was stupid as hell and Charleze Theron not running to the left or right to avoid her death was idotic.. But the movie as a whole and what it was trying to do and set up for the next movie was amazing.. I can't wait for the next one and hope whoever the writers are they do a amazing job..

  • Paranoid Android | March 9, 2013 3:23 AM

    How about the idiotic geologist and the biologist who had proper equipment and managed to get lost inside the cave? This is a pretty damning example of sloppy writing. None of the characters has any depth at all, and I didn't care the slightest when they were killed off. Even the heroic trio who flew into the Engineer's ship didn't rouse any emotions in me. I was very pleased to see Shaw's insufferably douchey boyfriend die off quickly though.

    If not for some of the grand ideas behind the film and the visuals, this is barely an average movie, yet I have to give it an above average 7/10 just because it showed flashes of brilliance.

  • Alan B | February 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    So this film is good because ... a non-professional did a better job of telling the story than Ridley Scott and team?

  • JOsh | February 27, 2013 12:33 AMReply

    People that didn't like this film simply didn't get it. Really its that simple.

    The majority of people are mindless idiots, they like to be spoon fed their stories (much like they way they get everything else these days), and god forbid a story actually makes them ask questions and have think about things, well then it must suck. God forbid people actually use their brains and think, OH THE HORROR!!!

    If you didn't like this movie, move on and go watch your Stallone movies, or Twilight, that's probably a little more your intellectual (or lack there of) level.

    BRING ON A SEQUEL!!!

  • Ryan | February 27, 2013 5:06 AM

    Agree with you 100% Josh..

  • gert | February 27, 2013 4:56 AM

    People don't get David Lynch films yet they still love them. Your theory is really immature and pointlesss really, you think this film was great because it asked questions ? Seriously ? Also telling people to go watch Twilight films because they didn't get this masterpiece is pathetic as hell.

  • Alan B | February 27, 2013 2:05 AM

    A film that ended with two spaceships hitting each other because Ridley Scott told the writers that they would have to include an explosion is too intelligent for the "mindless idiots", eh?

  • jp | February 26, 2013 11:34 PMReply

    Hell to the no !

  • Brad | February 27, 2013 12:05 AM

    I would like to see a sequel to the movie, since it was not half as bad as it was made out to be. Sorry you do not feel the same way.

  • Todd | February 26, 2013 10:13 PMReply

    Best wishes to all involved. After the massive train wreck of the first, I won't be there.

  • mash | February 28, 2013 7:15 PM

    The only wreck is you. It was a brilliant film.

  • dharmatrails | February 26, 2013 9:37 PMReply

    Much like music, movies affect people differently. I liked Prometheus, I bought it on blu-ray, and I like it still. I would see the sequel. Noomi is a great actress. I thought it was visually striking. That being said, I know people at work that absolutely hated the movie. I think that maybe sometimes people look too closely for realism in sci-fi movies.

  • yer | February 26, 2013 9:25 PMReply

    'script' I wonder if you can call what the first one had a 'script'.

  • Ryannatthew | February 27, 2013 4:52 AM

    YER you are a complete idiot and should never be able to comment on movies again.. You say Scott has been a ''dud'' for a while huh??

    WOW how about Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven (Orlando Bloom was a bad choice as the lead but the movie was great) , Body of Lies, Oscar nominated American Gangster, and oh yea movie of the year OSCAR winner Gladiator..

    Not a ''dud'' in the last few years by any means........

  • yer | February 26, 2013 10:35 PM

    Ah yes. The brain, something that wasn't necessary to view Prometheus. Scott has two great films in his entire filmography (Blade Runner and Alien), he's been a dud for awhile.

  • Pepper | February 26, 2013 9:28 PM

    Of course you can. What the matter. You have trouble understanding it? ;)
    use brain

  • Kate | February 26, 2013 9:18 PMReply

    I don't care how little sense the film makes, if the sequel has at least 15 minutes of Fassbender's disembodied, campy/hammy robot head, I will fork over $10 to see. Comedy gold.

  • Iapetus | February 28, 2013 12:57 PM

    Awesome news. Seriously the haters still don't have anything substantive to say at all; just the same vitriol, argumentum ad nauseum fallacies, etc. It's demonstrable the subtext of the film flew right past most, just type Paradise Lost and Prometheus or Thus Spake Zarathustra and Prometheus and see what comes up. Read critically acclaimed film and literature scholar John Kenneth Muir's judicious review of the film and become enlightened. Ever wondered what that green stone was? No, it wasn't some pointless MacGuffin, see Parzival. Want to know what the beginning sequence was all about? See Sumerian myth and Geshtu-e. Did you catch the reference to Schleicher’s Fable? No you didn't. Wondered why some of the crew behaved irrationally? See 'hubris' and the fact that it was a corporate funded mission undermined by oversights and greed. Wondered why Vickers didn't run sideways? Did you know that during fight-or-flight or an acute stress response there is a loss of peripheral vision whereby the victim is so stricken with traumatic shock that they develop tunnel vision? Tunnel vision is a phenomenon where you focus almost exclusively on a perceived threat and you become almost oblivious to everything else that is going on in your peripheral field of vision. Oh and there was FLAMING DEBRIS CRASHING AND EXPLODING ALL AROUND THEM! Irrational behaviour and impaired decision making are hallmarks of an acute stress reaction.

    Yeah I'd say most peoples' brains were switched off.

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