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Ridley Scott Says There Will Be An Extended Cut Of 'Prometheus' On DVD/Blu-Ray That Runs 20 Minutes Longer

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 11, 2012 3:47 PM
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Ridley Scott, Noomi Rapace, Prometheus

So, has Ridley Scott gone back on his word when he said there wouldn't be a director's cut of "Prometheus"? Or is it all just a matter of semantics? It's seems it's the latter combined with playing the studio game, but whatever it is, there will be more of "Prometheus" to love/hate/feel ambivalent about when it (presumably) hits Blu-ray/DVD later this year.

Chatting with Collider (via Prometheus Movie), Scott revealed that yes, there will be an extended cut running about 20 minutes longer in what sounds like some kind of branching format. "This is fundamentally the director’s cut. But there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu because people are so into films—how they’re made, how they’re set up, and the rejections in it. That’s why it’s fascinating. So this will all go on to the menu," Scott explained.

When pressed by the site if this will indeed be an extended cut, Scott was cagey but more or less confirmed that was the case, and seems to have rationalized it by saving it's something Fox wanted. "Maybe. But I’m so happy with this engine, the way it is right now. I think it’s fine. I think it works. It can go in a section where, if you really want to tap in, look at the menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long," he said. "Dramatically, I’m about putting bums on seats. For me to separate my idea of commerce from art—I’d be a fool. You can’t do that. I wouldn’t be allowed to do the films I do. So I’m very user friendly as far as the studios are concerned. To a certain extent, I’m a businessman. I’m aware that’s what I have to do. It’s my job. To say, 'Screw the audience.' You can’t do that. 'Am I communicating?' is the question. Am I communicating? Because if I’m not, I need to address it."

And it seems there will even more stuff not in the extended cut, but surviving as deleted scenes instead -- one of them being a fight between an Engineer and Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw. "The Engineer fight scene was pretty good. It will definitely go on the menu. It won’t go on the long version. The problem about it is, while she gives as good as she gets with an axe (she’s very physical), he’s so big, for him to be clouted with a conventional weapon somehow diminished him. It’s subtle. It’s drama," Scott elaborated. "I didn’t want to diminish him by having this person who has a weapon to be able to back him off. It minimized him. That’s why when he deals with people inside his cockpit, it’s over. Wham, wham, wham. Even the shot doesn’t mean anything. And so all she has time for is introducing him to the big boy inside the lab."

Just when you thought there was nothing left to talk about with "Prometheus"....there's still more to talk about. So technically not a "director's cut" but an "extended cut" -- let's just hope the theatrical cut also survives on it's way to Blu-ray as well. No word yet on when "Prometheus" will be available on home video, but something is happening on October 11th according to the latest viral video. Anything in particular you want to see in deleted scenes or extra footage?

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  • Jon | September 11, 2012 1:32 PMReply

    Just watched the extended cut and, having not had chance see the theatrical cut first, I can only wonder how rushed it must have felt because even at twenty minutes longer this felt like one film that suddenly turned into a different film just as it was getting interesting and dashed for the finish line without really giving you time to care about anyone, or their reasons for doing what they do. Probably the limpest Ridley Scott film, emotionally, I've ever seen. Look lovely, but needed better screenwriters.

  • Derke | June 23, 2012 10:03 PMReply

    I'd love to see the original version of the Fifield monster attack scene reincorporated. It makes more sense that he look like a xenomorph/human hybrid than just a deformed zombie. I'd also be curious to see the scene moved to its original placement too, to when old man Weyland and company are leaving for the alien temple, as the whole point of his attacking the crew was that he was trying to prevent them from returning to the temple.

  • Bunny | June 17, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    Put the Axe Fight scene INTO the extended!
    We do not want a grab bag. Killing the Engie in 3 seconds diminished him. Give us the Axe Fight scene!

  • Slim | June 15, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    I wish Scott would cut that crappy final scene, showing the engineer give birth to the alien. It felt totally tacked on, and crap! The cinematic equivalent of "The dog ate my homework!" Like somebody was trying to pull the wool over my eyes! No it wasnt believable, and shame on whoever it was that thought including it in the movie was a good idea. You could make a two hour film around the evolution of a creature like that. That creature, is a part of cinema history now, and it deserves a far better origin story, than that shitty scene. Cameron and Scott are totally wrong about the Alien being "worn out". If the original Alien film still works, and still holds up today, as a film, then there`s no reason why another film of that caliber couldnt be made. I dont mind that Prometheus goes in a new direction. I though that was great, and I enjoyed the film, however; if your going to do something, then do it. If you want to address the aliens origins, do it properly, or don`t do it at all! Those kind of scenes in a movie like Prometheus cheapen the whole experience! I don`t believe it was Scots decision to include it either. It felt like something the studio thought was a good idea.... to "please the fans"! Well, Im a fan.... and that scene was like a slap in the face with a wet fish!

  • Hephaistos | August 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    At first it felt like this for me too, but the more I think about it, the more everything makes sense. That scene alone is NOT the only reference to the Alien Creature in this movie. The whole picture is. SPOILER WARNING. Think of the engineer's bio weapon and what it does to life forms, think of the worms, the engineer's bio weapon + worms, the bio weapon + Charlie Holloway, him + Elizabeth Shaw, her giving birth to that big bad very first facehugger, facehugger + engineer! All these circumstances and combinations of DNA lead to the final abomination we first saw in 1979. For me that creature in this last scene of Prometheus looked like the very first alien queen, that then probably made all these eggs we see in that other ship in Alien from 1979. So everything makes perfect sense doesn't it?
    The only arguably thing could be that all this takes away some fascination and "glory" from the Alien creature. Now it's existence is just a coincidence of mixed DNA and that bio weapon. I understand that this is something not everyone will be ok with.

  • Nick | June 16, 2012 6:03 AM

    I didn't like the last shot, was highly contrived and clearly there because the studio wanted it. This new cut will be vastly inproved, much like his cuts of Kingdom of Heaven and Blade Runner

  • sasa | June 14, 2012 5:34 PMReply


  • Enjoyed it | June 11, 2012 9:06 PMReply

    Does Ridley Scott have more extended cuts of his films than any other filmmaker alive? Last I checked it was 8. 9 if Prometheus gets included.

    Anywho, I truly loved the film & will overlook a lot of its narrative flubs for just being such a damn well made experience. Hopefully though an extended cut will correct a lot of the pacing problems in the third act. I feel like to get the film down to near 2 hours a lot of small exchanges like "Why are you covered in blood & have your stomach literally stapled shut Shaw" had to be removed. Hopefully with a lot of those put back in it will correct a lot of little issues I had here & there.

    Personally i enjoyed the film more than The Avengers and will praise the Engineers we get a Part 2.

  • Glass | June 11, 2012 7:52 PMReply

    It looks like the blu-ray release has already been announced for October 9th:

  • John | June 11, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    Ridley Scott's "Director's Cuts" are always better. Kingdom of Heaven is a great example. Much better film. Robin Hood as well was vastly improved. He has said that in past interviews too, that the theatrical one is for the popcorn audiences, and the other is his preferred cut for the real fans at home. So why he is downplaying a Prometheus Director's Cut is a bit irritating. Maybe it's because the film was just released and people are already asking him about an improved version. That would annoy me too. The film's 3 days old. Let it sink in.

  • Zinjo | June 11, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Oh Ridley, I love your work (sans Robin Hood) but dude you are getting old. Was it not less than a month ago you stated the release version of Prometheus was the only version? Now there will be a "non-director's cut" of the film much like this was a "non-prequel" to alien...

    The last scene you plugged in kinda blew your pre-release assertions out of the water, so I suspect this announcement shouldn't be any more of a "non-surprise" either.

  • KT | June 11, 2012 5:15 PM


  • Matt | June 11, 2012 4:18 PMReply

    Seems like there's a lot missing from the Vickers - Weyland dynamic. The reveal that she's his daughter is dropped like it's some huge twist, yet feels completely pointless and tacked-on. Maybe there are some scenes that expand on that a bit? Though I suppose that hurts the "twist" that Weyland is in fact on board the whole time (despite the fact that listing Guy Pearce as second billed in the opening credits already robbed the audience of that surprise).

    Either way, I loved the film. Bring on the extended cut!

  • Hephaistos | August 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    Word! Felt the same way!

  • Mike | June 12, 2012 11:39 AM

    Good call on the credits (though David's interactions with someone in cryo still gives it away), they could have left him uncredited like Edward Norton in Kingdom of Heaven.

  • cirkusfolk | June 11, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    No surprise here. Next.

  • Cobraverde | June 11, 2012 5:33 PM

    Ah. That explains Shaw's cry of "Die!" when she opened the door and dumped the giant face hugger on the engineer. It seemed to come out of the blue. But she had been fighting him. Despite it's flaws loved Prometheus. Look forward to seeing some of the creases ironed out on the Bluray.

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