There's been a lot of confusion regarding what, exactly, Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS is - and The Powers That Be don't seem terribly eager to clear the air (nor should they be, necessarily).
At first we heard it was an ALIEN prequel, then we heard that that it wasn't so much a prequel as a project that was more or less unique unto itself (details HERE), although at the time Scott indicated something to the effect of "the keen fan will recognize strands of ALIEN’s DNA, so to speak..."
Now, sources for Sky.com are revealing a few more details about the project that, if correct, make Scott's comments somewhat amusing.
SPOILERY points of interest...
"They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film..."
"...familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently."
"Part of the film will be shot in Morocco. I’ve heard that some sort of archeological dig where they discover alien DNA takes place there and that DNA gives them the coordinates for an alien world."
"The main spaceship in the film will be piloted by an enormous head which I assume will be CGI. Yep, sounds weird but I assume some of the technology will be sort of biomechanical."
Find more details at Sky.
An enormous head? Like, what, The Face of Boe? That part, frankly, makes me a tad suspicious of this info...but we've heard repeatedly that this is a more "out there", "harder sci-fi" endeavor than the previous films, so we'll see.
And there you have it. With so much...lack of clarity...in the air regarding this movie, I don't even know what to say or how to qualify such details.
Other than: in my mind at least, one key strength of the ALIEN-verse...as we saw in every one of the existing quadrilogy...is the concept's flexibility and its ability to be plugged into multiple tones and interpretations. Me? I'm hoping Scott does make a film that is roundly unlike the other ALIEN pictures we've seen so far, but I'm also hoping he isn't desperate to stray too far from the essence and verse that have allowed previous installments to endure over the decades. If that makes sense...I got no sleep at all last night so I may be more rambling and confused than usual at the moment.
Thanks to Johnny for pointing us towards this.
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