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Ridley Scott gives some insight into the plot of Prometheus 2

09.14.2015

Ridley Scott is really dead serious about PROMETHEUS 2 being a thing. After most people left the theater having seen the first PROMETHEUS, there seemed to be a pretty wide consensus of "That's not what I signed up for and I really don't want to have to come back." It was hardly the ALIEN companion piece that anyone was dying to see, and, even though it may have served as a good starter for philosophical discussions with your friends over drinks, the film itself left plenty to be desired.

But Ridley Scott is going to keep on trucking regardless, still set on continuing to tell a story that I believe most couldn't make heads or tails of. And he's got ideas on where he wants this PROMETHEUS sequel to go... lots and lots of ideas. Don't believe me? You try sorting through this stream of conscience he laid out up in Toronto.

You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.

That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins. It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang.

Sounds pretty dense to me, much like the first film, so I don't know how he's going to sort all of this out into a sci-fi movie that makes any lick of sense. But he'll try, and we'll smile and nod... and who knows how this will all shake out? But sadly you know we're going to find out anyway, because deep down we're all masochists who can't help ourselves.

Scott's latest THE MARTIAN lands in theaters on October 2.

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Source: Deadline

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