This morning we were lucky enough to be at the world’s first showing of 3D footage from Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi adventure, Prometheus. Also at the screening were Sir Ridley himself and the films stars, Noomi Repace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron who were on hand to answer some questions after.
The morning started with a 13 minute montage of footage sliced up from the film setting up the premise and hinting at some surprises to come when Prometheus is released on 1st June. If you’re trying to keep yourself away from any spoilers maybe jump past the next few paragraphs to the Q&A section so you don’t read anything you don’t want to know!
The footage opened in Scotland’s Isle of Skye in the year 2079. A group of scientists including Noomi Repace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Logan Marshall-Green’s Charlie Holloway have stumbled across some strange markings on the wall of a cave. They seem to set of alarm bells that someone or something wants the scientists to come and look for them.
We’re the taken to the year 2093, we’re in outer space on the Prometheus ship where we see our first shot of Michael Fassbender’s emotionless, robotic character, David. David is an android working alongside Charlize Theron’s Meredith Vickers who asks David if there have been ‘any casualties’ before the footage jumps to the ships research crew who have been induced into sleep for the last two and half years, two of which are Shaw and Holloway. It is now that we begin to get a bit of background into where the full length film will be going.
The research team are taken into a briefing where Shaw and Holloway explain that during their research missions they found a series of etchings and drawings on walls and in caves from all over the world. And despite them all being created years apart and by completely unconnected people they all feature a cluster of symbols that they believe represent a planet which holds the meaning of humankind. They’ve worked out where the planet is and the Prometheus ship is now landed on it and awaiting the team to begin exploring.
Having brought us up to date with the back story we then saw some fast paced, sliced up clips from the rest of the film where it became fully apparent that things don’t go to plan and that they’ve disturbed something that does not want to be disturbed.
As the prequel to Alien we’d be led to believe that this film may end where Alien picks up or indeed have some links with the film but it’s hard to tell from the footage we saw what exactly the team have stumbled across but as we know from the posters and trailers for Prometheus, unless they act quickly it could mean the end of mankind.
After the preview had finished the floor was opened up to questions from the films director Scott and some of the cast. Scott opened up about how Alien’s famous Space Jockey scene was where he first bore the idea for Prometheus, having asked himself questions like who that figure was, where he was heading and why he was there he quickly booked in a meeting with Fox and the original idea was born. He also put to bed any rumours that Prometheus is closely linked to Alien saying the film should be viewed as a ‘stand alone piece’.
Meanwhile Repace spoke about how she came to first work with Scott. Apparently Scott had seen her in the original Girl With A Dragon Tattoo and was blown away, ‘he said he wanted to work with me in the future’, said Repace. ‘I thought I was going to die’. She then explained how just a few months later she got the call saying Scott wanted to see her for Prometheus and the rest was history.
Before departing from the stage Scott gave an animated talk about how easy he found it to shoot in 3D, explaining that he works visually and made all his decisions based on instinct rather than consulting with everyone else on set. And from what we saw in the clips he’s done a good job and we while we were excited about the films release before it’s just become our most anticipated film of the next few months.
See all of our Prometheus coverage here.