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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Prometheans? Promethi? SPACE ABS STRIKE BACK: The Alien Prequel gets a Sequel

Posted by Bobby Roberts on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Mankinds creator marvels at what nerdy hell he hath wrought at 2012s San Diego Marketing and Trailer Expo (and comic-book convention)
  • Mankinds creator marvels at what nerdy hell he hath wrought at 2012s San Diego Marketing and Trailer Expo (and comic-book convention)

Prometheus, Ridley Scott's confused, silly, pseudo-thoughtful eyegasm of a sci-fi epic caused a fair amount of disappointment in many who saw it. For example, Erik summed it up as "Like Alien, but if Alien wasn't any good" whereas I found it to be a gene-spliced cousin of both Alien3 and LOST. Some even compared it to The Phantom Menace, in that a brilliant marketing campaign lead viewers to an inarguably (maybe fatally) flawed piece of cinema.

But in order to kvetch, people had to watch it. And enough people watched - and kvetched - worldwide (over 300 million dollars worth of kvetching, in fact) for 20th Century Fox's President of Production Emma Watts to tell the Hollywood Reporter Prometheus is getting a sequel either in 2014 or 2015:

Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can't rush it

No, fuck that. RUSH IT. Not because I'm in any particular hurry to see the sequel, but because the faster you get this thing made, the less time Ridley Scott has to indulge his propensity for mudpuddle-thin philosophizing and scattered focus. A lot of people blame LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof (who, according to the article, won't be coming back) for the film's problems. I do too, but mostly for this quote of his.

You don't argue with Ridley Scott about the film he wants to make.

If you want the film he makes to be good? Yes. You do. You argue with him, and you fight with him, and you point out that if the film he wants to make can be this easily torn apart by two half drunk idiots left alone in a room for four minutes, then he shouldn't make that film. What's the worst that happens? He fires you? Congratulations, you don't have your name attached to one of the most maddening/frustrating "thinkpieces" in recent memory.

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