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Ridley Scott Says It Would Be A Shame If Film Geeks Ruined 'Prometheus' With Spoilers

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 12, 2011 at 5:03AM

It’s no surprise to anyone who reads daily film sites that bloggers have the tendency to spoil entire scenes, plots, or even whole movies prior to their release. One of the most memorable leaks was for the ending of director McG’s vapid “Terminator: Salvation,” in which the film’s entire ending was leaked by film bloggers a year before it was set to be released. Warner Bros. and McG insisted that bloggers were way off, but he eventually admitted that everyone had been spot on all along.
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It’s no surprise to anyone who reads daily film sites that bloggers have the tendency to spoil entire scenes, plots, or even whole movies prior to their release. One of the most memorable leaks was for the ending of director McG’s vapid “Terminator: Salvation,” in which the film’s entire ending was leaked by film bloggers a year before it was set to be released. Warner Bros. and McG insisted that bloggers were way off, but he eventually admitted that everyone had been spot on all along.

For major summer blockbusters, an early spoil can spell doom for a production. With the amount of money studios are throwing behind these things, having to reshoot or rewrite entire sequences could prove costly. Fox has been doing a pretty solid job keeping a tight lid on Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel/spinoff “Prometheus” since it started production in the spring of this year. With only blurry spy photos of dimly lit sound stages and a reportedly false plot description available, eager audiences and bloggers alike have to do something they aren’t used to: wait.

Buried at the bottom of an Ice News article covering the film’s current location shooting in Iceland with stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace in tow, Scott gives a nod to both film fans and bloggers alike with one little quote. “There is a lot of innovative and new stuff in the film and it would be a shame to ruin that [surprise] with leaks,” he said.

Pretty simple and to the point, Scott would like folks to stop ruining the movie for themselves. We can’t say we don’t agree with him, and while a glimpse of a still at this point would still get us excited, we’d rather wait for something official like the plot synopsis Fox issued two weeks ago over a set photo of a bleached blonde Fassbender walking to his trailer with a coffee in hand.

The Ice News article goes on to talk about the film’s current shooting location at the foot of the volcano Hekla. According to recent media reports the volcano could pop at any time, but the consistently stubborn Scott addresses his concerns with the situation in a way that would probably best describe his feelings towards his relationship with the film community: “If one is afraid of nature in this profession, then it would be best to find a different job.”

“Prometheus” will be released stateside June 8, 2012. --Benjamin Wright

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