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Trailer Watch: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Seeks Origin Myth

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 22, 2011 at 6:38PM

Check out the new trailer for the unofficial Ridley Scott prequel "Prometheus"( June 8, 2012). The tagline: "They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end."
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Check out the new trailer for the unofficial Ridley Scott "Alien" prequel "Prometheus"( June 8, 2012). The tagline: "They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end."

Scott and writers Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour") go back to explore the future world of "Alien," only 30 years before, with a bigger budget and better technology, as a space team (Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Noomi Rapace) search for the origins of the universe. They do not like what they find. The film's ultimate goal is "to scare the living shit out of you," Scott said at Comic-Con via satellite from Iceland.

In his 70s, with three Oscar nominations, Scott is one filmmaker, like "Aliens"' James Cameron, who can both tell a story and deliver high-end performances and visuals. His skill set encompasses all the areas moviegoers seek and so often do not find. That doesn't mean Scott doesn't fumble occasionally; he's still a victim of what the studios will actually finance him to do (see "Robin Hood"). Scott has also signed up to produce and direct a follow-up to 1982's "Blade Runner," maybe his best movie, which influenced generations of sci-fi films to come.

More 'Prometheus" plot speculation here.

This article is related to: Marketing, Trailers, Ridley Scott, Sequel, Sci-fi


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.