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Filming Locations For Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS??


Merrick here...


...with two reports from AICN readers who wrote in to discuss media reports about location filming for the ALIEN-related Ridley Scott project PROMETHEUS. 

First up, this message from James...

...haven't noticed this mentioned on the site and thought it was worth sending in.
It's been reported here in Scotland this morning that Ridley Scott is set to film the some of Alien prequel here. Because it's been reported in the Scottish versions of the newspapers The Daily Express and The Daily Star the story doesn't appear on their websites.
Here are the prominent quotes from the article.....

"ALIENS are to invade the Highlands - after secret plans were hatched to film a prequel to the sci-fiblockbuster trilogy in Scotland.

Location scouts for the long-awaited movie, with original Alien director Ridley Scott in charge, have already visited Inverness and Fort William."

"All cast members had to sign secrecy clauses and were made to read the script in Ridley Scott's Hollywood office. And when Kate Dickie, 39, needed to see the screenplay in Glasgow a security courier flew to Scotland and stood guard over her for two hours.

But the cat was let out of the bag when the film-makers asked about accommodation in Inverness and surrounding towns during August.

They are looking for rooms to sleep a cast and crew of at least 150 people.

While other mountainous parts of Europe have also been considered, the Scottish Highlands backdrop is favoured because it fits the new film's central theme of "grand mythology and universe" in which this original story takes place.

Mediacom, whose film travel and accommodation office is based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, would confirm only that a "large feature film" was due to shoot in the Highlands from early August until September, then elsewhere in Europe in October and November."

We also received this note from William Wallace...

Thought you might be interested in some breaking news about Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

The Scottish Daily Express reported today that Inverness or Fort William in the Scottish Highlands will be the production base for an August and September shoot. According to the article, other mountainous parts of Europe had been considered but the Scottish Highlands best suited the film's theme of "grand mythology and the universe" (the relative proximity to Pinewood Studios in England where the rest of the film is shooting wouldn't have hurt either).
The dramatic and beautiful Highland landscape, familiar to anyone who has seen Braveheart or a Harry Potter film, may seem like a strange choice for an alien planet but let's not forget that Kubrick managed to make the Scottish island of Harris double for the surface of Jupiter in 2001: A Space Odyssey! My feeling is they're probably looking at filming somewhere like Rannoch Moor, which has a rather bleak and otherworldly aspect (I've attached a couple of photos). 
This is just one more factor in what's shaping up to be one of the most fascinating of upcoming films. One thing's for certain, Prometheus is going to be a very different animal from the rest of the Alien franchise.

William also sent some photos of the locations being discussed.  Magnificent.   This setting really speaks to me (and not just because they appear to be filming an ALIEN movie there..) 



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  • March 3, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I would love to backpack in those landscapes

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

  • March 3, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Ridley back doing sci-fi is a great thing.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by dahauk--

    I think so. Looking forward to this film.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Most Anticipated Film of 2012!

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I've been looking forward to Power of the Dark Crystal and an this film for years now....with PotDC looking like it won'nt happen...this film is what i am most excited about.....c'mon June 2012!!!

  • March 3, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    " trilogy..."?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Nice fact-checking going on at that publication...

  • March 3, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    dr. egon spengler

    by quicksilver80

    Indeed, that looks awesome

  • March 3, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    That does look seriously beautiful, and after all...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ....if it's not Scottish, IT'S CRAP!

  • March 3, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Alien Harvest-style scenes?

    by marineboy

    I can see the The Growers in them hills...

  • March 3, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Feb 2012 - Episode 1 3D

    by jimbojones123

    Suck away.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Highland does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    dr spengler, I have backpacked in those landscapes. What you don't see in the photos tho are the midgies!<p> The Scottish Highlands are a magical land though and i'm sure Ridley can borrow a few colored lens filters off his bro to give them a suitably otherworldy look.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Expect to get plenty of spoilers on PROMETHEUS real soon.<p> All those scots who saw the screenplay will be spilling their guts about it to anyone who'll listen after a few shots of whisky.

  • March 3, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Nice pics

    by _Venkman

  • March 3, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Ridley Scott filming the Alien prequel in my own backyard?

    by Amazing Maurice

    FUCK and YES, as they say.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    And yeah, those xenomorphs wouldn't last 2 minutes against us

    by Amazing Maurice

    Nae messin'.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Knew living here had some benefits

    by Valaquen

    Gonna be Ridley hunting in the Highlands this year...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I wonder what...

    by s0l

    ... deep fried Xenomorph tastes like...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Superb looking spot to drill

    by UltraTron

  • March 3, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    So lazy. They should film it in Space.

    by Ryan Vaux

  • March 3, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Celtic vs Rangers

    by windomearle39

    As demonstrated yesterday...the aliens stand no chance.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    As somebody that lives in Edinburgh i'll keep my ears open...

  • March 3, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by windomearle39

    That's not a bad idea for a third AVP. They go and watch the match..and all hell breaks loose.

  • March 3, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    'This setting really speaks to me '

    by SpawnofAchilles


  • March 3, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Seriously... that King Kong Harry animation is the best

    by Astronut

    I think it's a riot! Not everything has to explode Scanners-style.

  • I'm not joking. That's how excited I am for another "Alien" style piece of Ridley sci-fi.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by HughHoyland

    Those pictures of the highlands look like they were took while someone was hiking somewhere in middle earth, beautiful.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    The Highlands

    by unnecessary_expletive

    Cold, wet, damp and muddy. And more cold.

  • March 3, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Aren't all Scots aliens anyway?

    by Teddy Artery

    Waitaminnit.... Ridley "Scott"... "Scotland".... what is the connection?

  • March 3, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I am Scottish, and I can confirm...

    by Ray Gamma

    ...That Rannoch Moor is very photogenic, bleak and is a massive, massive expanse of beautiful desolation. There are also some spectacular glacial valleys there, (Glencoe etc) where you can literally see the grooved shape that the glaciers gradually carved through the Earth's surface. That's right, I said glaciers, Alien fanboys. Glaciers.

  • March 3, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Is the new "alien" going to be...

    by tritium

    a giant blancmange. News just in. A menswear shop in Dunbar, Scotland has just received an order for 48,000,000 be shipped to a planet Skyron in the galaxy of Andromeda.

  • March 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    kubrick's surface of jupiter?

    by foree forehead

    "...but let's not forget that Kubrick managed to make the Scottish island of Harris double for the surface of Jupiter in 2001: A Space Odyssey!" ehh jupiter doesn't have a surface and kubrick and clarke wouldn't be stupid enough to film one... does this reporter mean the landscape is used during 'history of the universe' stuff that bowman sees upon entering the monolith??

  • March 3, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    I disagree with everything you wrote and am depressed that's how you see/want the future of movies to be

  • March 3, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    we saw the surface of jupiter in 2001?

    by la te ral us

    since when???

  • March 3, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by tritium

    The U.K. does not have the snow-capped mountain chains necessary to provide a setting for the Fellowship's journey up (and under) the Misty Mountains...where Gandalf fell in Kazhum-dum, nor the the White Mountains (Ered Nimrais) upon which Minas Tirith rests. Also, you can see, what is meant to be a part of Ered Nimrais, in the background footage and vistas that were shot for Theoden's hall (Meduseld). New Zealand had the appropriate topography to shoot the entirety of LOTR, whereas the U.K had only parts. Did I just geek out? Is that the appropriate vernacular used by you kids, these days?

  • March 3, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Jupiter is a gas giant.

    by Gabe Athouse

    It's a very large ball of gas.

  • March 3, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I don't remember seeing the surface of Jupiter...

    by Bad Wolff 2001. And, as Jupiter doesn't have a surface, someone has their facts wrong. Did they use it for something else in 2001? Primitive Earth, perhaps?

  • March 3, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Scotland is the B-b-b-bomb

    by cgh123

    Spent 4 years there. 4 fookin' blinding years, ken?

  • March 3, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    So is Ramirez going to have a cameo?

    by KilliK

    I wouldnt mind a Highlander-Alien cross-over

  • March 3, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    i'm really curious about this.....really curious.

    by NorthTronic

  • March 3, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Are they really going to count Alien 3 and Resurrection as canon?!

    by Roman Troy Moronie

    Ugh!! They were fargin' awful!! The two should be written off as some sort of dream sequence or virtual reality experience. Neither should have any place in the Alien canon.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    fuck yea!

    by rhizomeman

    Using real locations is awesome! Too much blue screen with humans always looks kind of plastic. turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy, it worked for Avatar because the actors were also animated.

  • March 3, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX


  • March 3, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    This is my most anticipated for next year....

    by SobchakSecurity

    More so than Batman 3 aka Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek 2, The Avengers, The Hobbit, And Superman, which might be not what I hoped for. I am looking forward to all of those, but this has "Ooh,Wow,Fuck Yeah,Flaring up the imagination factor the most." Why? Cause I've been a huge fan of the series since I was a kid, and have wanted to see this done. The Backstory/origin. This is what they should have done either instead of alien 3, well, that's another issue, and/or Alien Resurection. I actually didn't hate those, but if I could trade them in for this or something different like back then, definitley. I mean , this is a new start to an already great series, minus those awful avp movies, but that's another issue. I like how they're being secretive about it all, but am keeping my fingers crossed for a lil more plot detail and some on set behind the scenes pics. Oh man, words cannot describe my excitement for this.

  • Lmao, that's one of the funniest fucking things I've heard in a while. As for the effects, I would like to see a mix of traditional and cgi. People keep saying Avatar as an example, true, it was well done visually and such, but I felt the cgi part kind of overshadowed everything else, I know that was the point, but a nice mix of things would be prefered.

  • March 3, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Turns out the aliens....

    by SobchakSecurity

    Really were birthed from mutated freak heroin addicts all glasgow.

  • Seaham ain't Newcastle, just like Mackems ain't Geordies.

  • March 3, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I guess no one understooded that my previous

    by tritium

    comment was an homage to Monty Python, which is directly applicable to this story about an Alien prequel filming in Scotland. Oh well.

  • March 3, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Wow, I also could not disagree more with you, turd burglar

    by Astronut

    I mean, all green screen CG for everything?? Versus on location when it works? Really?? Wow I'm glad you're not in charge of anything important.

  • March 4, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Astronut

    I stand corrected. I still say one thing trumps your argument re: location filming for this film... Ridley Scott. He knows what he's doing.

  • March 4, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Alien: Nessie Begins

    by Kjell_Nilssons_Hockey_Mask

    I can see where this is going... no Ted Danson this time eh? Facehuggers explain the origins of the scampering haggis to boot. It all fits.

  • March 4, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    darth_kong: Shadow 19

    by lv_426

    If I remember correctly, the planet of Erix was in the Goldilocks zone of its parent star, but wasn't actual flora, fauna, and atmosphere completely hostile to humans? I think the point they were going for was that they could terraform Erix, but it would kill all of the indigenous life because the terraforming process would change the atmospheric conditions so drastically.

  • March 4, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The ALIEN Series

    by lv_426

    ALIEN is like going through the most exquisitely arranged haunted house to ever be created out of an old factory, and then being locked in by the staff and left to fend for yourself. ALIENS is like riding an insane roller coaster designed by Howard Hughes, while crazy pyro-technicians set off controlled explosions below your seat as you ride the thing, and drill instructors fire machine guns over your head as you pass by whilst yelling "let's rock" and "game over man, game over". ALIEN 3 is like waking up from a nasty hangover and having to go to a funeral for a homeless person you never knew, who is being buried under a crumbling overpass underneath an abandoned road, and where everyone in attendance is a pissed off and foul-mouthed bald British dude. ALIEN RESURRECTION is like going to an eccentric dentist who tells really bad European jokes you don't understand. Instead of giving you a shot of Novocain, mad euro-comedian dentist shoots you up with some sort of exotic horse tranquilizer, turns on some strange trip-hop elevator music that only David Lynch could love, and feels you up while you are hallucinating your balls off. Both AvP films are like being taken by a friend you trust to a top secret sex party out in a mansion in the woods. When you end up going you find out it is actually just a bonfire in the middle of nowhere. When you arrive, you realize that there are no women there, only toothless hillbillies who plan on chasing you through the woods, killing you with a crossbow, and then eating you after they BBQ you on their bonfire made up of old rusted out cars and discarded plastic 2-liter RC Cola bottles.

  • March 4, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    darth_kong: If Prometheus is not Shadow 19 reborn

    by lv_426

    Then hopefully someone will make Shadow 19 someday. I think it would be the type of movie that would satisfy Alien fans like myself who wish for a return to the action packed style of Cameron's Aliens. As for the Winged Mantis species, I think you are right. The fact that they fly means that they were able to evade capture from other predators long enough to evolve as a species. Maybe there were other flying creatures and the Mantids or whatever the technical term is ended up killing those other creatures off due to the Mantids being a bit smarter, or they might have had better evolved killing and hunting traits and techniques. Kinda like how homo sapiens eventually broke out as the dominant humanoid species and the other ones eventually died off.

  • March 4, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Space. Duh.

    by Styrophoamicus

    Where else do you film a space movie?

  • March 6, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Getting off to a really good start here

    by Smack_Teddy

    from the sounds/looks of things. Darth Kong makes me guilty as that Shadow 19 script has been on my desktop for weeks now almost entirely unread...been reading for weeks on copyright and patent laws and technicalities and feel like i still know next to shit amongst the whole shebang... i'm not kidding i should have read the unproduced Hollywood sci-fi screenplay i am guaranteed to have no hand in making, with at least some of my time instead! F---ing time & false/wasted labour....trolling here.... Every bit of news on this since the basic outline of Prometheus and Scotts involvement and commitment to revisiting the 'verse and its mythology makes me feel all tingly inside (not like that perverts) it really does, and the use of those natural landscapes is only helping. looking forward to reading Shadow 19

  • March 6, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    The pics look good.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I hope Scott nails it this time.

  • March 6, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the setting speaks to me as well,

    by empty_headed_animal

    it's saying: 'There's fuck all here, lets go back to town and get knackered at the local pub'.

  • no need to explain whats going on with you anymore Braindrain.

  • March 7, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Turd - if youre reading this

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Come on - The start of Alien 3 looked nothing like Newcastle, or North Sheilds or where ever it was filmed. It had mattes applied and was a hyper-realised version of Ridley Scotts childhood I bet. The mining is long gone, a few strange towers are left that are other worldly to people that have not seen them. I still wish that the spoil heap building was there from Get Carter.

  • March 7, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    If it's not Scottish...

    by Dave

    it's crap!