Comic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.
The last we’d heard of Prometheus 2 was the announcement in March that the production had hired screenwriter Michael Green to do a new pass on the script, which was previously worked on by Jack Paglen (Transcendence). Given that Green’s biggest produced screen credit so far was Martin Campbell’s regrettable 2011 Green Lantern movie, that may not inspire much excitement in you for Prometheus 2. Well, regardless of how well it eventually turns out, actor Guy Pearce was recently asked if he might possibly return for the Prometheus sequel. Given how his character wound up, that seems unlikely, but could Pearce return in an unexpected way?
In the first Prometheus movie, Pearce played Peter Weyland, the ancient tycoon who financed the film’s expedition to LV-223. His motivations were eventually revealed, as was the fact that he’d been hiding aboard the USCSS Prometheus during its long voyage. Weyland was within spitting distance of the grave, and he was convinced the alien Engineers would have discovered some way to extend his life. Unfortunately, when he propositioned the long Engineer they found in hypersleep, the big dude responded by beating him to death with the android David’s head. Ouch.
Today, over a year after his death, film critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert would have been 72 years old. Chances are, he would have had a few key points to make about how awesome Edge of Tomorrow is, and how terrible Pompeii and The Legend of Hercules are. Or maybe it would have been the other way around, as Ebert’s opinions were often as surprising as the twists in the films he wrote about. In honor of arguably the last great movie critic, we decided to take a look back at five of his more egregious sci-fi reviews, when he stood on the opposite end of popular opinion. It just goes to show us all that subjectivity is inherent to mankind, as is the need to scream “Bullshit!” when we disagree with someone.
Admittedly, most of these are modern sci-fi pics, as his thoughts on the classics are largely unchallenged. I mean, we could have taken a whole day just to rail on Ebert for shitting on some decent movies, such as Day of the Dead, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, and Sphere — and I’m fully aware that some of you will likely shit on me for thinking those movies are decent — but maybe we’ll save that for next year. Until then, may the Force blah blah blah.
Though the cinematic universe originated with Ridley Scott in 1979, director James Cameron left an indelible mark on the Alien franchise with his 1986 sequel Aliens. Depending on your point of view, some even argue that it is the rare follow-up that eclipses the original. While that’s a debate for another time and place, you can bet, because of his involvement, the visionary director has some definite feelings when it comes to the most recent foray into that world, Scott’s Prometheus. As it turns out, he has the same issues with the movie as many of your average viewers.
Over the weekend, Cameron participated in an ask me anything (AMA) session on Reddit—which is where we gleaned that story about the scripts for Avatar 2, 3, and 4. One intrepid fan ventured to ask about his thoughts on Prometheus, and what it contributes to the overall.
Fans were chomping at the bit when it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was indeed a prequel set in the world of the Alien films. And while Prometheus disappointed many due to script problems and lunk-headed characters, it was still gorgeous, full of ideas, and a voyage that left us craving more of one of cinema’s most compelling science fiction settings. While a Prometheus sequel is in the works, fans won’t have to wait until it hits theaters to explore more of that universe. Dark Horse is launching Fire and Stone, an interconnected set of comic miniseries this fall, exploring and further uniting the worlds of the Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator films. Whatever revelations await us, one thing is clear: the cover art is bloody gorgeous.
If we’ve learned anything about Ridley Scott in recent years, it’s that he apparently has no problem working with scripts that aren’t fully fleshed out or perfected. Robin Hood was fine but not very memorable, while Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay for The Counselor was a misstep for the esteemed novelist. But the one that we’ve had the most fun mulling over here at GFR is Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts’ version of Prometheus, which features some of the dumbest characters in
science fiction. The still-untitled sequel to that film, which we’ll just call Prometheus 2, has found itself another screenwriter in Michael Green, who penned 2011′s Green Lantern for Martin Campbell. And we all know how great that movie was, right?