Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has quickly become one of the most anticipated movies of the year, let alone the most anticipated sci-fi movie. There have been teasers, full trailers, featurettes, interviews, and all manner of promotional material leading up to the June 8th release, and now a new still photo from Prometheus shows Michael Fassbender as the lifelike robot David.
Earlier, the viral ad campaign for Prometheus released a fake marketing video for the Weyland Company’s David 8 series. Fassbender is eerie as hell as the humanoid machine who ponders the big questions of humanity, trying to act human. If you missed it, check the video out below.
Prometheus features a stunningly good cast. In addition to Fassbender, the call sheet includes Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and Logan Marshall-Green.
In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
In other news loosely connected to Prometheus, Guillermo Del Torro claims that his own project, a long-gestating adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, has been derailed by Scott’s film, due to thematic similarities.
Over the weekend the Hellboy director used the message boards on his Del Toro Films website to address the matter:
I have been interviewed about this lately and wanted to post my two cents about this:
Prometheus started filming a while ago- right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.
This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM.
The sad part is- I have been pursuing ATMOM for over a decade now- and, well, after Hellboy II two projects I dearly loved were not brought to fruition for me.
The good part is: One project did… And I am loving it and grateful for the blessings I have received.
That’s sad news that At the Mountains of Madness won’t be happening, at least for some time. Frankly, as much as I would love to see Del Toro bring Lovecraft’s tale of an ill-fated Antarctic expedition to the screen (at one point Tom Cruise was rumored to be involved), over the past few years of starts and stops, I was beginning to doubt it was ever going to happen.