Why You Should Be Really Excited About Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Want to know just what the heck that’s a picture of? So do I. So do A LOT of people, some of them no doubt stewing over it for over thirty years now. The screen capture is of course from 1979’s Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starring the now infamously famous Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt and a host of other unfortunates who stop off on the wrong planet to answer the wrong distress beacon (which turns out to be a ‘Stay the hell away’ beacon) and initiate events that ignite what is in my mind the best* Sci-Fi film franchise ever. And if you are a fan, or even if you’ve only just seen the original film in the series, you may have watched the scene the above image is from and said to yourself, “Now just what the hell is that?”.

And of course, three sequels and two crossover flix with the Predators later and YOU NEVER RECEIVED YOUR ANSWER.

Until now. Well, not now now, but soon. June 8th, 2012 to be exact (providing the film not held up. Pleasepleaseplease don’t get held up Prometheus).

Having only ever seen the original Alien film once about ten years ago,** I watched it again recently with my wife as escalating news of Scott’s – who not so coincidentally just turned 70 – upcoming film Prometheus has been leaked to contain “a final eight minutes that will lead directly into the original Alien film” (very loose quote) ignited our excitement. What I realized during this viewing was although I instantly remembered the above image and the forgotten conundrum it posited, I was one person who had not been asking the ‘what is that?’ question for the last thirty years. But you know as well as I do that there are a HELL of a lot of folks out there who have. Including, I think, Mr. Ridley Scott.

Based on the wonderfully congruous labyrinth of continuity that these films have set up and maintained, despite four different directors on four films (six if you count the AVP’s, which I only count the first so we’ll round it to an even five) I can only imagine that Mr. Scott has been waiting his entire filmmaking career since 1979 to ask and answer the same question. Now, with a milestone 70th birthday behind him, I’m sure if we could see back a year or two we’d see that whether or not Mr. Scott had ever procured even a fraction of the story of this massive being and it’s origin from his imagination previously, we’d see a man that sat himself down and said, ‘Time to ante up’, or whatever other hard-as-nails director speak you can imagine someone wresting the secrets of the Universe from their imagination might say before embarking on a journey that will no doubt cause a very big and much anticipated stir when Prometheus is released and our questions, whether several months old or thirty years old, are finally answered.

Here’s to hoping I haven’t set my expectations to high.


* Okay, by that I guess I’ll begrudgingly say ‘my favorite’

** I’ve seen Aliens about a GA-zillion times, and Resurrection a bunch, but the first one eluded me for a looooong time. I do have vague impressions of it from a very early age, but nothing that could possibly count as a viewing.

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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