I recently watched Ridley Scott's "Alien" for the first time and scared the shit out of me. I had seen every film in the franchise and none of them really struck me as scary, cool, but frightening...not so much. But dayum, the 1979 Ridley Scott "Alien" is straight terrifying son. Maybe it's the fact that you don't see the creature in full to late in the story. Perhaps it's the shocking, much hyped but still effective chest burster scene. Or it's the Ian Holm rage-filled smackdown on Ripley, but all these things shivered my bones. Don't believe me, check out the original trailer, which is 99% scarier than any feature film in the theaters now.
But these are only part of the reasons that I'm excited for "Prometheus" aka The Alien Prequel. Let's start with the creative forces first.. It's written by sci-fi wunderkid Jonathan Spaihts who's Black List topping script "Passengers" is one of my favorite scripts ever. But that's not all, "Lost" creator and "Stark Trek" writer Damon Lindelof did a re-write of the script as well. And finally it's director Ridley Scott's return to science-fiction a genre he is a pioneer in (See "Blade Runner" and "Alien for evidence).
The cast is also on point for this film. "X-Men First Class" star Michael Fassbender is on board as some type as android. The original "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace is playing a badass female and Charlize Theron is joining her as well. As if the film couldn't be more loaded with cool actors, Idris Elbra and Guy Pearce are also in the cast. But wait, yeah I get it TPG, it's a dope cast and writer/director combo, but what exactly is it about?
No one knows really knows....yet. Scott has said that the film will focus on the monster dude in the chair in the original film, aka the chap on the on the top of this article. For some hardcore nerd shit you can read about him and his many nicknames here. After that tidbit, there has been talk about the film being about humans who experiment with DNA replication, terraforming technology, and a host of other cool science-fiction business, but generally everything is being kept under tight security. For more information perhaps intrepid readers should look at the Greek legend of Prometheus, who stole fire from the Gods (or are they aliens?).
With an incredible cast, writing team, and director you should be fully on board the hype train for this one. The film comes out July 8th 2012 and will be rated R or PG-13 it hasn't been decided.
**I used the great ALIEN PREQUEL NEWS website as a source for this article, check it out for more info**