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Ridley Scott's Prometheus (Alien Prequel) Thread

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Four leaked photos from the set of Ridley Scott's upcoming film Prometheus (aka the prequel to Alien) have been leaked. Observe and worship the following slices of awesomeness...

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A cave of some sort. You may note that the walls have an H.R. Giger (the creator of the Alien creature) vibe to them. Also, please note that the tractor is not a part of a set but rather an asset of the production team.

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Mankind discovers an ancient doorway built by the mysterious Space Jockey race (whose skeletal remains were seen in the original Alien). Note the hieroglyphics surrounding the archway.

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This is the secondary arch, just beyond the entrance shown in the pervious photo. Note the scale of the set against the chair towards the lower portion of the photo, this set is fucking epic!

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We're now through the second archway and standing in the main chamber. All three of the above photos are displaying one massive, glorious set. You may notice that we're certainly not in Kansas anymore, but inside the genius mind of H.R. Giger. The franchise hasn't looked this close to its source material since Ridley's original '79 masterpiece...

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This is the Space Jockey set from the original Alien. It looks rather similar to the leaked photo above, yes?

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  • Holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit I forgot Michael Fassbender is in this. That man is one of the most incredible actors working today and I will wankingly watch every thing he is in, even if he makes Tooth Fairy 2.

  • I only saw the original cut of Alien 3, so I will take your advice and track down this new blu ray version. I must say though, that even if the other edit is superior, they still killed off Hicks, New before the movie even started, which really kind of ruins Aliens. They also killed off Bishop! but I'll give it a try anyway :).

  • @GuybrushWilco said: I only saw the original cut of Alien 3, so I will take your advice and track down this new blu ray version. I must say though, that even if the other edit is superior, they still killed off Hicks, New before the movie even started, which really kind of ruins Aliens. They also killed off Bishop! but I'll give it a try anyway :).



    I'm glad that you're going to check out the assembly cut, I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Regarding Newt and Hicks, the story really demands that they were killed off as quickly as possible. Alien3 is a tale of redemption, sacrifice and faith. Thematically it deals heavily with life and death. The scene which shines this thematic beacon the brightest is the funeral speech by Dillon; dedicated to the aforementioned characters...

    Why are the innocent punished? Why the sacrifice? Why the pain? There aren't any promises. Nothing's certain. Only that some get called, some get saved. She won't ever know the hardship and grief for those of us left behind. We commit these bodies to the void... with a glad heart. For within each seed, there is the promise of a flower. And within each death, no matter how small, there's always a new life. A new beginning. - Dillon, Alien3

    Naturally, during this speech the films cuts back and forth between the funeral itself and the birth of the Alien from the ox. It's also worth noting the futile questions of "why" at the beggining of the Dillon's speech, this shows us that Alien3 is a film reflective of real life. In real life, you can strive to save someone and still lose them. In real life, things rarely go the way we would like them to. Only one thing is certain in real life; death and with each death, a new life.

    James Cameron's Aliens was a blockbuster extravaganza. One of the finest action adventures ever committed to screen, in short; it's a classic of the genre it inhabits (which unlike Alien and Alien3, is not horror). It shows Ripley tortured by the events of the first film and by the loss of her daughter (although only in the special edition, which once again is the far superior version). It is however a "popcorn munching" flick, Ripley overcomes the loss of her daughter by saving Newt. She overcomes her fear of the xenomorpth by facing her literal demon and blowing it out of an airlock. The ending of Aliens is in no way true to life, it is pure happily-ever-after fantasy.

    Alien3 represents a harsh crash back down to reality (or in this case, a penal colony). It is a dark, gritty and thoughtful film, which mirrors our own lives by asking questions that can never be answered and shows a life where bad things can happen to good people. The film also, through redemption, shows that hope and resilience will always spring eternal.

    If you were to take the first three Alien films and lay them out, it is the second film which actually stands as the odd one out. Alien3 is the true spirtitual followup to the original masterpiece. Of course, that does not mean that you should necessarily favour Alien3 over Aliens (in fact, despite the fact that I personally prefer Alien3 over Aliens, I will concede that Aliens is a vastly more "polished" piece of work) but it should at the very least demonstrate the worthiness of Alien3's place in the franchise.

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    Alien 3, the diamond in the rough of the series.

  • @Davies said: l_103644_a2426dbd.jpg
    Alien 3, the diamond in the rough of the series.



    Wow, that poster sends shivers down my spine!

  • WOW Davies , you really know these movies well.

  • One of the peeps over at my second favoured forum haunt (AVPGalaxy) has pointed out that the archway surrounding the door in one of the leaked set photos is a stylized design of a facehugger in its "attatched to a host's head" position. Observe...

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    For reference, here's a front on view of a facehugger.

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    It's body is at the top, centre and it's legs are wrapping around the sides down to the halfway point of the arch.

    Just for kicks, here's the Queen embryo carrying "super-facehugger" from the assembly cut of Alien3....

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    @doodo! said: WOW Davies , you really know these movies well.

    Ridley Scott's Alien is my favourite film of all time and the following two sequels are certainly in my top 20. If I ever went on Mastermind, then the Alien films would undoubtedly be my specialist subject. I'm like a walking encyclopedia on acid spilling xenomorpths.

  • I never liked these movies too much, but I'll probably see this.

  • just a little something from AITH posted yesterday:

    "Last week we saw a pair of cave-photos from the set of Ridley Scott's ALIEN-esque horror-show, PROMETHEUS...likely constructed on the famed Pinewood Studios in England. Well, news has come in today that Scott his moving his whole crew to that lovely bastion of summer getaways...Iceland!

    Not only that, Scott had a few things to say regarding his highly-shrouded return to sci-fi. Peep it...

    “If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job.”

    That sounds like more of a Werner Herzog quote, but okay. More interestingly, Scott added:

    “It will be 15 minutes in total, if all goes to plan. We are shooting the beginning of time.”

    About the secrecy surrounding the production:

    “There is a lot of innovative and new stuff in the film and it would be a shame to ruin that [surprise] with leaks.”

    And regarding the ultimate reason to film in Iceland:

    “It is possible to find similar landscapes elsewhere in the world,” Scott explained. “But here it is so rough and ‘Jurassic-like’ and that proved decisive. Iceland is a massively beautiful country.”

    Coming June 8th of next year, visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery."

  • @Johro said: "“If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job".

    That sounds like more of a Werner Herzog quote...



    That quote's been taken out of context. It's Ridley's answer to a question regarding his fears about the recent warning that there may be volcanic eruptions during their filming in Iceland.

    It's a reassuring quote that shows that Scott is still a filmmaker who likes to film on location and shoot everything in-camera whenever possible, as opposed to simply relying on CGI during the post-production process.

  • Yeah they are some of my all time favorite movies as well.

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