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Ridley Scott says there will be no aliens in Prometheus

Dec. 19, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Ridley Scott has been saying for some time that PROMETHEUS will have the DNA of the very first Alien film but that's a deliberately vague statement that's not helping us clear up the confusion about the supposed ALIEN prequel. But Scott talked to Filmophilia and did clarify a few things...

We won't be seeing any xenomorphs in the film - Says Scott, "No. Absolutely not....no way am I going back there." It seemed obvious we wouldn't see them throughout the majority of the movie but there was some speculation that right at the end, we'd see an alien and that's how it would tie into the first film. But I guess the tie-in will be more abstract than that.

HR Giger did some design work for the film - Giger's participation was never clear and most had assumed he had just given his blessing to the project (much in the way James Cameron does for TERMINATOR films). But Scott says that Giger did in fact work with the production. "Hes been doing some murals, big murals, which well see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter..."

The film takes place at the beginning of time - Or at least our space team travels back to the beginning of time. Says Scott: "Whenever youre talking about science-fiction, [the beginning of time] always sounds pretentious or corny...But I think weve got it right. So, it will be a pretty good beginning of time."

It's a pretty expansive interview, especially for a film that doesn't come out until next summer. For more on the film, read the full interview here.

Source: Filmophilia

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2:40AM on 12/20/2011
I hope he's just being vague again, but even if he's not I'm still interested in this movie. I wonder who the enemy will be if not the xenomorphs?
I hope he's just being vague again, but even if he's not I'm still interested in this movie. I wonder who the enemy will be if not the xenomorphs?
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9:15PM on 12/19/2011

Shhhhhhh!

They really need to just shut up, because they are killing this thing everytime they open their mouths.

They're messing with the heads of Alien fans, so I can't imagine how confused an average moviegoer is gonna be.

The domestic box office is gonna suffer from all this back and forthing... kinda like that other film Fox released this year that had all that back and forth about it being/not being a prequel: X-Men First Class. In fact Prometheus is having a LOT more in common with X-M:FC
They really need to just shut up, because they are killing this thing everytime they open their mouths.

They're messing with the heads of Alien fans, so I can't imagine how confused an average moviegoer is gonna be.

The domestic box office is gonna suffer from all this back and forthing... kinda like that other film Fox released this year that had all that back and forth about it being/not being a prequel: X-Men First Class. In fact Prometheus is having a LOT more in common with X-M:FC than Fox is willing or able to notice, and they're going to suffer for not paying attention.
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8:42PM on 12/19/2011

Excited anyways

Regardless if "it" shows up. I remember seeing someone with a space suit on with acid eating away at the helmet. I think I'm a little more excited for this film than TDKR.
Regardless if "it" shows up. I remember seeing someone with a space suit on with acid eating away at the helmet. I think I'm a little more excited for this film than TDKR.
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5:43PM on 12/19/2011
Everything that has gotten me excited for this movie had absolutely nothing to do with being a prequel to Alien.
Everything that has gotten me excited for this movie had absolutely nothing to do with being a prequel to Alien.
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3:47PM on 12/19/2011
I'm hoping this movie is going to be some sort of total mind-fuck. Is there even going to be creatures? Or is it going to be more of an evolving story of man's origins with this slowly revealing impending doom that will knock our socks off? I'm stoked for it and hope he pulls off whatever story he has for us. Maybe a Planet of the Apes style of reveal with the silent horror of the original Alien?
I'm hoping this movie is going to be some sort of total mind-fuck. Is there even going to be creatures? Or is it going to be more of an evolving story of man's origins with this slowly revealing impending doom that will knock our socks off? I'm stoked for it and hope he pulls off whatever story he has for us. Maybe a Planet of the Apes style of reveal with the silent horror of the original Alien?
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8:27PM on 12/19/2011
slowly revealing impending doom is key...i think the film has to have that...
slowly revealing impending doom is key...i think the film has to have that...
2:59PM on 12/19/2011
Actually, if there was one thing I was iffy about it was going back to the xenomorphs. There are two bona fide classics in that franchise, and everything else is degrees of mediocrity and badness. But it's Ridley Scott, with a Russell Crowe-less ensemble cast to kill for. Unless you hate Scott or science fiction, what's not to like?
Actually, if there was one thing I was iffy about it was going back to the xenomorphs. There are two bona fide classics in that franchise, and everything else is degrees of mediocrity and badness. But it's Ridley Scott, with a Russell Crowe-less ensemble cast to kill for. Unless you hate Scott or science fiction, what's not to like?
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6:36PM on 12/23/2011
imo robin hood was pretty bad

but i do have high hopes for this
imo robin hood was pretty bad

but i do have high hopes for this
1:56PM on 12/19/2011

Whatever I'm game.

So it has no aliens. No biggy, hope it is still cool though. ;)
So it has no aliens. No biggy, hope it is still cool though. ;)
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12:18PM on 12/19/2011

The main antagonist in this film may be KNOWLEDGE and the quest therefore.

To get this right...a lot hinges on the presence of "something" nefarious or evil lingering and foreboding as the danger to the characters in the film it doesn't have to be STRAIGHT ALIEN in your face...the first film, ALIEN, had solid hinges created from the fact that the evil was unseen for most of the film and backed up by other terrifying layers...if that feeling can be duplicated, and even expanded upon, it will tie nicely into the franchise. Selling the fear without a monster in a close
To get this right...a lot hinges on the presence of "something" nefarious or evil lingering and foreboding as the danger to the characters in the film it doesn't have to be STRAIGHT ALIEN in your face...the first film, ALIEN, had solid hinges created from the fact that the evil was unseen for most of the film and backed up by other terrifying layers...if that feeling can be duplicated, and even expanded upon, it will tie nicely into the franchise. Selling the fear without a monster in a close up shot every time you know danger is close is what works best, and that works not only in this film, but in really good alien/monster movies in general...and if there's one guy who knows that, it's Scott...if he can play slight of hand with the threat, and captivate us with that trick and use different layers of fear situation-ally as well PROMETHEUS will really function...this film DOESN'T need an ALIEN in the purest form...what it needs is a presence to match the tone of what the original created bc the original film's conflict wasn't just a "man vs. beast" film...or a "man vs. the environment" or a "man vs man" film...it was a hybrid of all of those archetypical conflicts...for instance...when we don't spend time on the conflict with the beast we're functioning in a story that's achieving conflict that functions with the characters against the environment...or against themselves...so there's always a really strong gear full of a different type of horror torque to drop into at anytime...the levels of horror suspense worked really well in the first one...if this film's as layered as ALIEN...beast or no beast...it will still work...because "the monster" is just one small piece of the terror. And from that bootleg trailer we've seen, we know there will be some kind of monster (which is fine) but we also can see that the characters are fighting more than just that...and dare i say, that by title eludes to...the main antagonist may actually end up being KNOWLEDGE...and if handled right, KNOWLEDGE and the pursuit of...can be hugely terrifying.
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3:39PM on 12/19/2011
Holy wall of text
Holy wall of text
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12:04PM on 12/19/2011
So it's a totally original film. And that's a problem why?
So it's a totally original film. And that's a problem why?
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2:33PM on 12/19/2011
This is a reasonable point. However, they did begin selling this movie by constantly referring on its ties to 'Alien'.
This is a reasonable point. However, they did begin selling this movie by constantly referring on its ties to 'Alien'.
11:41AM on 12/19/2011
Hopefully there are Aliens, but if not I am sure the movie will still be good. Maybe Scott has a whole new threat that the team in this movie will be facing.
Hopefully there are Aliens, but if not I am sure the movie will still be good. Maybe Scott has a whole new threat that the team in this movie will be facing.
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11:05AM on 12/19/2011
Headline said alien, I thought 'illegal alien' and signed in.
So who the hell is the antagonist in Prometheus? I just realized I know nothing about this movie now.
Headline said alien, I thought 'illegal alien' and signed in.
So who the hell is the antagonist in Prometheus? I just realized I know nothing about this movie now.
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12:26PM on 12/19/2011
i think the antagonist will be the quest for knowledge...and sometimes finding out what you want to know, when all the details fall into place...is the most horrifying antagonist of all.
i think the antagonist will be the quest for knowledge...and sometimes finding out what you want to know, when all the details fall into place...is the most horrifying antagonist of all.
11:01AM on 12/19/2011
I could care less if we see any "Aliens" or not. This movie will still be incredible.
I could care less if we see any "Aliens" or not. This movie will still be incredible.
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10:57AM on 12/19/2011

No Aliens?

Yeah tell that to the leaked set photos with Alien cast molds, unless that was a smoke screen, but I doubt it.
Yeah tell that to the leaked set photos with Alien cast molds, unless that was a smoke screen, but I doubt it.
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10:22AM on 12/19/2011

Crash...

That's the sound of my interest smashing to the ground. Ridley Scott is Michael Bay on drugs to control his ADD. All flash, no substance. Alien is the brightest spot on his very patchy resume. No Xenomorphs, no sale.

I also seriously disapprove of the way this has built upon fan interest until now. Seems like a kIck in the teeth for those - unlike me - who love the Alien franchise.

In summary: this film can go fuck itself.
That's the sound of my interest smashing to the ground. Ridley Scott is Michael Bay on drugs to control his ADD. All flash, no substance. Alien is the brightest spot on his very patchy resume. No Xenomorphs, no sale.

I also seriously disapprove of the way this has built upon fan interest until now. Seems like a kIck in the teeth for those - unlike me - who love the Alien franchise.

In summary: this film can go fuck itself.
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10:17AM on 12/19/2011

To be honest...

I think I just became less interested in seeing this movie. Its ties to the world of Aliens was one of the film's primary points of interest. I hope it turns out great, but personally I will be less excited about it opening weekend. Maybe a proper trailer will change my mind.
I think I just became less interested in seeing this movie. Its ties to the world of Aliens was one of the film's primary points of interest. I hope it turns out great, but personally I will be less excited about it opening weekend. Maybe a proper trailer will change my mind.
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10:17AM on 12/19/2011

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bummer. i was looking forward to seeing ridleys "new" xenomorphs
bummer. i was looking forward to seeing ridleys "new" xenomorphs
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